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The Porcupine (Paperback)

Author:  Julian Barnes
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0679744827
ISBN-13: 9780679744825
Sku: 30118523
Publish Date: 10/1/1993
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8H x 5.25L x 0.5T
Pages:  160
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In his latest novel, Julian Barnes, author of Talking It Over and A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters, trains his laser-bright prose on the collapse of Communism in Eastern Europe.
Stoyo Petkanov, the deposed Party leader, is placed on trial for crimes that range from corruption to political murder. Petkanov's guilt -- and the righteousness of his opponents -- would seem to be self-evident. But, as brilliantly imagined by Barnes, the trial of this cunning and unrepentant dictator illuminates the shadowy frontier between the rusted myths of the Communist past and a capitalist future in which everything is up for grabs.
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In his latest novel, Julian Barnes, author of Talking It Over and A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters, trains his laser-bright prose on the collapse of Communism in Eastern Europe.

Stoyo Petkanov, the deposed Party leader, is placed on trial for crimes that range from corruption to political murder. Petkanov's guilt -- and the righteousness of his opponents -- would seem to be self-evident. But, as brilliantly imagined by Barnes, the trial of this cunning and unrepentant dictator illuminates the shadowy frontier between the rusted myths of the Communist past and a capitalist future in which everything is up for grabs.A deposed Communist Party leader on trial for crimes against the state faces off against the newly appointed prosecutor general, in an incisive novel about the ramifications of the recent transformation of Eastern Europe
Annotation:
Barnes's 1992 short novel is set in a fictional post-communist Eastern European country. Petkanov, the man who was the president under communism, is being tried by the new democratic government, and the prosecutor, Peter Solinsky, is swayed by Petkanov's passionate defense of the old system as a workable and humane system, and begins to question his own embrace of democracy.
Author Bio
Julian Barnes
The son of two French teachers, Julian Barnes studied modern languages, including French and Russian, in preparatory school. Raised without religion, Barnes says he has never been inside a church. At Oxford, he briefly studied psychology and philosophy, then returned to French. Upon graduation, he took a job doing research for the new supplement to THE OXFORD ENGLISH DICTIONARY (letters A-G), but became restless after three years and decided to study law, specializing in contracts. By the age of 30, however, he had quit the law to become a full-time book and television critic. Four years later, his first novel was published. Barnes has been the London correspondent for The New Yorker and, in addition--a little-known aspect of his career--he has written a series of crime novels published under the name Dan Kavanaugh. Many of Barnes's novels are subtly autobiographical, all are satirical, and some of them are at least partly about being English but having an attraction to France. He hates to repeat himself, and in fact, each of his books is vastly different from all the others.

Praise

Economist
"It is a sly and skillfully managed plot and Mr. Barnes's novel is memorable not least for its cameos of the dreary sadness of life as it is lived by so many ordinary people." 11/28/1992

New York Times Book Review
"In some ways, 'The Porcupine' brings to mind the political literature of fifty years ago: Andre Malraux, George Orwell and particularly the Arthur Koestler of 'Darkness at Noon..." - Robert Stone 12/13/1992

National Review
"That 'The Porcupine' is extremely well-written hardly needs saying; Mr. Barnes has earned his reputation." - Anthony Lejeune 12/14/1992

London Review of Books
"[Barnes] has shed his brilliance and dandyism to become a rather somber recorder of his times." - Patrick Parrinder 02/11/1993

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Product attributePublisher:   Vintage Books
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