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Julian Barnes
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Home Books Biography Resources Contact. London: Jonathan Cape, 1992. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1992.

Home Books Biography Resources Contact. One man stands for the old ideology, the other for the new ideal. But here the familiarity ends.

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.

Julian Barnes was born in Leicester, England, in 1946, was educated at Oxford University, and now lives in London. The porcupine, Julian Barnes. 1st Vintage International ed. He is the author of six previous novels-Metroland, Before She Met Me, Flaubert’s Parrot, Staring at the Sun, A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters, and Talking It Over. p. cm. eISBN: 978-0-307-79789-6.

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FREE shipping on qualifying offers. In his latest novel, Julian Barnes, author of Talking It Over and A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters.

Julian Patrick Barnes (born 19 January 1946) is an English writer

Julian Patrick Barnes (born 19 January 1946) is an English writer. Barnes won the Man Booker Prize for his book The Sense of an Ending (2011), and three of his earlier books had been shortlisted for the Booker Prize: Flaubert's Parrot (1984), England, England (1998), and Arthur & George (2005). He has also written crime fiction under the pseudonym Dan Kavanagh. In addition to novels, Barnes has published collections of essays and short stories.

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It is thus not surprising that The Porcupine does not conform to the traditional pattern of the political novel. Like most Communist bosses, Zhivkov managed to shroud much of his political and private life in mystery.

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Julian Barnes was born in Leicester in 1946 and educated in London and Oxford. He worked as a lexicographer on the Oxford English Dictionary, then as a journalist for the New Statesman, the Sunday Times and the Observer. He is the author of eight novels, a collection of essays, a book of short stories, and is the first Englishman to have won both the Prix Medicis and the Prix Femina. In 1988 he was made a Chevalier and in 1995 he became an Officier de L'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. Библиографические данные.

Julian Barnes is the author of twelve novels, including The Sense of an Ending, which won the 2011 Man Booker Prize for Fiction. He has also written three books of short stories, four collections of essays and two books of non-fiction, Nothing to be Frightened Of and the Sunday Times number one bestseller Levels of Life. In 2017 he was awarded the Legion d'honneur.

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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  • godlike
Found this 1992 novella in the public library. Liked many of my fellow reviewers’ comments. Wish I had spotted it on the date of publication, because from 1993 onwards I spent over two years in ex-Yugoslavia. My local staff would have loved to read it: they all grew up under Marshal Tito (r. 1945-80), who ruled even longer than Todor Zhivkov, the Bulgarian communist leader whose prosecution—as Stoyo Petkanov-- in a confused, newly-dysfunctional post-communist Bulgaria, is the subject of Julian Barnes’ book.
Found it brilliantly written for long stretches, then occasionally cryptic and hard to follow. One reviewer rightly compared his process to that of Milosevic, a man sitting in an empty Presidential Palace, ruling by telephone or by one on ones, nothing on paper, as if preparing for years onwards to say in court, like Stoyo, “What can you possibly accuse me of?”
Another reviewer accused JB of padding: late in the day, he fills page upon page with honours and endorsements bestowed on Zhivkov’s alter ego. I think it is worse than padding. It suddenly turned a ruthless steeled cadre into a deluded tragic-comedian, listing all these fake awards as if pleading for respect or mercy. On the other hand, his opponent in this courtroom duel, Prosecutor General Peter Solinsky perfectly symbolizes the ambiguity of practicing law during the Changes to be managed by every post-communist regime.
Otherwise, JB produces some fantastic, plausible rants by Stoyo, hilarious comments by youths following the trial on TV, some great recurring cameo’s and a firm grasp of communist jargon. His mulling over the fate of communist statues and monuments is another highlight. Warts and all, a great read and required reading for International Criminal Law students. After all, no one on the prosecution team of Milosevic’s hapless trial appears to have read this instructive book.
  • Ballardana
When men become very old, they often become aggressively stupid and silly. However, just before this period appears, some men become confidently silly - like "the porcupine" in this text - Stoyo Petkanov. Julian Barnes text, "The Porcupine" is about an encounter, lasting for about 50 days, between Prosecutor General (PG) Peter Solinsky, and the former President of a former USSR state, Stoyo Petkanov. The PG prosecuting the President in Ciminal Law Case Number 1. The two men share a common history, but played different parts in it: "trying to claim some bond between them, giving him advice like this" (p. 135). There are two question raised in the text, I think. The fist is whether the encounter between the two men will transfer some of the (monster p. 135) characteristics of the old former President over to the younger Prosecutor General. Or more precisely, if the President's confidence is a vehicle for a transfer. The second question is if making decisions are better than indecision: "to work, and then act" is better than: "Comrades, I have been rereading..." (p. 131), the former strategy with results and abuse of power, the latter strategy with - we don't really know ("there is no ... sausage in the shop" p. 105) - but no abuse of power. (President George W. Bush autobiography was named "Decision Points" a nice title, no implications.)

For the first question the answer may be that there was some transfer? "... it hardly seemed tactful to accept any visible favor from the new government while charging its predecessor with massive abuse of privilege. Maria (the PG's wife) found this argument absurd. The Prosecutor General should not live in a law professor's dingy three-room mouse hole..." (p.7, 128). The sentence: "I sentence you" (p. 136), may also be meaningful, but I don't know. For the second question, I am not sure we learn much: "Freedom. Freedom not to be serious." (p. 105, p. 133), but that may not have been the intention either.

There are two aspect of the text that I wonder about: the vocabulary for swearing used here and the obituary like long lists that Stoyo Petkanov is making to rehabilitate himself. i) Does Russians swear as the English do? (e.g., relevant sentence on p. 133). I would think their swearing would be different, but there exist not yet any: "Grand book about swearing in 99 cultures," so I don't know. Ii) I can see the purpose of the former president listing all his credentials, including Orders and obituary-like assessments from other leaders, like Jimmy Carter: "The Presidents influence in the international arena as leader is outstanding..." (p. 122- 125, orders, p. 116-122). However, with so many pages used to make the list, I would think there is more English irony in it than I grasp. Listing obituaries as support for grandness is probably the ultimate silliness of old men. Maybe to show this was one of the intentions with this text.

I read the book with interest, for verbal enjoyment of sentences and structures, and for understanding something about the forces that created and destroyed the USSR. I am not sure I learned very much more than how English irony can be applied to a story of how an old man turned from confidently silly to aggressively silly. That is, stories of old men that never made mistakes.

Citations: "The events began to blur like bicycles spokes."(p. 21), "Could a nation lose its capacity for skepticism, for useful doubt? What if the muscle of contradiction simply atrophied from lack of exercise? (p. 27)
  • Rose Of Winds
The elaborately choreographed show trials of Stalin are as well known, as they are infamous. There are few examples in History when one, malformed creature, both mentally and physically, could rule as a dictator for so long, and without challenge. Even Kirov cannot be considered more than a potential challenge, as the murdered do not compete. The number, who rules a Country that they were not born to, narrows the numbers further. Hitler did come from Austria, but in any measure of terror, killing, and longevity, he is not even close to Stalin.
In, "The Porcupine", by Julian Barnes, it is the tyrant that is on trial, not Stalin, for the country of this Dictator's 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. Some of the circumstances that span from the beginning to the end of the book, in a manner of speaking, can be witnessed today. What was "The Evil Empire" when viewed from here, is a way of governed life that would still be welcomed back by large portions of not just Russia, but members of the former union as well. Life may not have been ideal, but if "the two words" have not made them better, why not go back?
Who charges the dictator, who can sit in judgement when those passing a verdict were a part of the machine themselves? Who is qualified to prosecute, what can the charges be, and what is the punishment to entail? Crimes Against Humanity as tried in Nuremberg, placed the defendants before those that had defeated them. The crimes were appalling, but even bringing that trial to the point of beginning was anything but certain, and certainly not with precedent.
Mr. Barnes pens a great Counter Factual bit of "what if?" History. That it has not happened as described does not detract from the fascination the idea provokes. The issue seems easy in theory, the outcome preordained. But wishing and wanting don't just make it so, or does it?