• Critics have overlooked his tenderness, underestimated his intelligence, and denied his wisdom... The Porcupine is a superbly accomplished novella

    Nick Hornby
  • A minor masterpiece of political satire: compelling, funny and frightening

    Robert Harris
  • 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

    Prosecutor Zhekov, official prosecutor of the deposed Bulgarian leader Todor Zhivkov
  • 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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