The Porcupine

The Porcupine

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English
144 Pages

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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 ensare 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.




A minor masterpiece of political satire: compelling, funny and frightening 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 Critics have overlooked his tenderness, underestimated his intelligence, and denied his wisdom... The Porcupine is a superbly accomplished novella The neatness of the novel's structure is complemented by the rampageous energy of the characters for which it is the cage Daily Telegraph



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Published 23 February 2010
Reads 20
EAN13 9781409089018
Language English

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