Notes on this edition: Папагалът на Флобер | Flaubert’s Parrot. Sofia: Narodna Kultura, 1990. Pp. 251 . Translated by Dimitrina Kondeva. (Bulgarian).
To support the Bulgarian translation of Flaubert’s Parrot, Barnes visited the country and later wrote about his experiences for the London Review of Books [Barnes, Julian. “Candles for the Living.” LRB, vol. 12, no. 22 (22 November 1990): 6-7.]
While in Bulgaria, Barnes met his translator Dimitrina Kondeva and they soon built a friendship. Barnes wrote to Kondeva for feedback and insights into a new novel he was writing, The Porcupine, which centered on a fictional country similar to Bulgaria.