Ferenc Barnas (b. 1959) is an acclaimed Hungarian novelist whose books include Az eloskodo (The Parasite) and Bagatell (Bagatelle). He is the recipient of two of Hungary's highest literary honors: the Sandor Marai Prize (2001) and the Tibor Dery Prize (2006).
"This coming-of-age novel leaves the reader guessing about the protagonist's future, while marveling at youth's resilience. The Ninth is Barnas' ironic "Ode to Joy."" --World Literature in Review