Has just finished reading "The Porcupine" - with a surprisingly evocative atmosphere of the time, to the extent that it was impossible to read the novel in one go. That's a compliment to the author, besides some passages from the perspective of time past are simply prophetic. Chapeau bas!
I wonder WHO in the UK decided to publish such a small novella or a long 'short-story'?!! I guess that the original idead was 'served' to the author,J.B, by the Bulgarian woman to whom the book was dedicated to,since the book was originally published in Bulgarian. Is it a historical novella? NO!! Is it a political novella? They describe it as such,but it's not for ME! Why? Once nore Julian Barnes tried to "imitate" George ORWELL, Arthur KOESTLER and T.S.ELIOT, without SUCCESS!! The prose was more interesting than the dialogues,but the plot was very simple and shallow. 'The Porcupine' is a sharp OBSERVATION of a political situation,but lacks the ORIGINALITY and the DEPTH of a political thinker... JB probably impressed the Bulgarian people but NOT their neighbors!!