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The Porcupine
by Julian Barnes

RRP €10.99

The Porcupine
by Author Name Julian Barnes

Book details for title
List Price:10.99
Format: Paperback, 198 x 129 x 10mm, 144pp
Publication date: 05 Nov 2009
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN-13: 9780099540144

Description

Stoyo Petkanov, the deposed Party leader of a former Soviet satellite country, is on trial. His adversary, the prosecutor general, stands for the new government's ideals and liberal certainties, and is attempting to ensnare Petkanov with the dictator's own totalitarian laws. But Petkanov is not beaten yet. He has been given his chance to fight back and he takes it with a vengeance, to the increasing discomfort and surprise of those around him. In this sharp, powerful novel Julian Barnes examines one for the most dramatic political downfalls of our times - that of Eastern Europe.

Reviews

"Critics have overlooked his tenderness, underestimated his intelligence, and denied his wisdom... The Porcupine is a superbly accomplished novella" Nick Hornby "A minor masterpiece of political satire: compelling, funny and frightening" Robert Harris "The Porcupine is a new indisputable proof of Mr Barnes's creative power, yet what really astonished me, the Prosecutor, was the amazing precision of the intellectual's view of a socialist dictator, which so accorded with Zhivkov's true character" Prosecutor Zhekov, official prosecutor of the deposed Bulgarian leader Todor Zhivkov "The neatness of the novel's structure is complemented by the rampageous energy of the characters for which it is the cage" Daily Telegraph