"Eco''s essays read like letters from a friend, trying to share
something he loves with someone he likes.... Read this brilliant,
enjoyable, and possibly revolutionary book." -George J. Leonard,
San Francisco Review of Books
"... a wealth of insight and instruction." -J. O. Tate, National
"If anyone can make [semiotics] clear, it''s Professor Eco....
Professor Eco''s theme deserves respect; language should be used to
communicate more easily without literary border guards." -The New
"The limits of interpretation mark the limits of our world.
Umberto Eco''s new collection of essays touches deftly on such
matters." -Times Literary Supplement
"It is a careful and challenging collection of essays that
broach topics rarely considered with any seriousness by literary
Umberto Eco focuses here on what he once called "the cancer of
uncontrolled interpretation"-that is, the belief that many
interpreters have gone too far in their domination of texts,
thereby destroying meaning and the basis for communication.