The porcupine is a novel by englishman julian barnes that was originally published in bulgarian this should give us a very strong clue as to the identity of which post communist country the story takes place. The porcupine by julian barnes interviews 12 1997 into the lions mouth a conversation with julian barnes michael march the new presence conversations with julian barnes the conversation seems to center around barness influences and his book the porcupine. 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. In the porcupine by julian barnes it is the tyrant that is on trial not stalin for the country of this dictators origin is never mentioned much historical detail is used and the quandary the prosecution faces would have been the same if stalin had ever been tried. Barness famously light touch is applied to a bar of lead here the nauseated exhausted atmosphere of a newly de socialized balkan state the forever and glorious dictator stoyo petkanov is under arrest and about to face televised trial prosecuted by law professor turned prosecutor general peter solinsky with all his east european peers likewise deposed petkanov decides on a tactic of
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