Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 8 × 5.42 × 0.92 in
Published: May 10, 2006
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0156030373
ISBN - 13: 9780156030373
From the Publisher
After a violent storm in the South Pacific in the year 1643,
Roberto della Griva finds himself shipwrecked-on a ship. Swept from
the Amaryllis, he has managed to pull himself aboard the Daphne,
anchored in the bay of a beautiful island. The ship is fully
provisioned, he discovers, but the crew is missing.
As Roberto explores the different cabinets in the hold, he
remembers chapters from his youth: Ferrante, his imaginary evil
brother; the siege of Casale, that meaningless chess move in the
Thirty Years'' War in which he lost his father and his illusions;
and the lessons given him on Reasons of State, fencing, the writing
of love letters, and blasphemy.
In this fascinating, lyrical tale, Umberto Eco tells of a young
dreamer searching for love and meaning; and of a most amazing old
Jesuit who, with his clocks and maps, has plumbed the secrets of
longitudes, the four moons of Jupiter, and the Flood.
About the Author
UMBERTO ECO is a professor of semiotics at
the University of Bologna and the best-selling author of numerous
novels and essays. He lives in Italy.
PRAISE FOR THE ISLAND OF THE DAY BEFORE
"As wonderfully exotic as only Eco can contrive . . . An
astonishing intellectual journey."--San Francisco
"A masterpiece . . . intellectually stimulating and dramatically