Dimensions: 600 Pages, 5.12 × 8.27 × 1.18 in
Published: September 26, 2006
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0307264890
ISBN - 13: 9780307264893
From the Publisher
(Book Jacket Status: Jacketed)
A spectacular best seller and now a classic, The Name of the
Rose catapulted Umberto Eco, an Italian professor of semiotics
turned novelist, to international prominence. An erudite murder
mystery set in a fourteenth-century monastery, it is not only a
gripping story but also a brilliant exploration of medieval
philosophy, history, theology, and logic.
In 1327, Brother William of Baskerville is sent to investigate a
wealthy Italian abbey whose monks are suspected of heresy. When his
mission is overshadowed by seven bizarre deaths patterned on the
book of Revelation, Brother William turns detective, following the
trail of a conspiracy that brings him face-to-face with the abbey's
labyrinthine secrets, the subversive effects of laughter, and the
medieval Inquisition. Caught in a power struggle between the
emperor he serves and the pope who rules the Church, Brother
William comes to see that what is at stake is larger than any mere
political dispute-that his investigation is being blocked by those
who fear imagination, curiosity, and the power of ideas.
The Name of the Rose offers the reader not only an
ingeniously constructed mystery-complete with secret symbols and
coded manuscripts-but also an unparalleled portrait of the medieval
world on the brink of profound transformation.
From the Jacket
The year is 1327. Franciscans in a wealthy Italian abbey are suspected of heresy, and Brother William of Baskerville arrives to investigate. When his delicate mission is suddenly overshadowed by seven bizarre deaths, Brother William turns detective. His tools are the logic of Aristotle, the theology of Aquinas, the empirical insights of Roger Bacon - all sharpened to a glistening edge by wry humor and a ferocious curiosity. He collects evidence, deciphers secret symbols and coded manuscripts, and digs into the eerie labyrinth of the abbey, where "the most interesting things happen at night".
About the Author
Umberto Eco is a professor of semiotics at the
Universityof Bologna. His other books include Foucault''s
Pendulum, The Island of the Day Before, and three collections
of popular essays, Travels in Hyperreality, Misreadings,
and How to Travel with a Salmon and Other Essays. He lives
"A brilliantly conceived adventure into another time, an
intelligent and complex novel, a lively and well-plotted mystery."
-SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
"The novel explodes with pyrotechnic inventions, literally as well
as figuratively . . . The narrative impulse that commands the story
is irresistible . . . Mr. Eco's delight in his narrative does not
fail to touch the reader."
-NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW
"Like the labyrinthine library at its heart, this brilliant novel
has many cunning passages and secret chambers . . . Fascinating . .
. Ingenious . . . Dazzling."
"Whether you're into Sherlock Holmes, Montaillou, Borges, the
nouvelle critique, the Rule of St. Benedict, metaphysics, library
design, or The Thing from the Crypt, you'll love it. Who can that
-SUNDAY TIMES (LONDON)
"[The Name of the Rose] is an example of that rare publishing
phenomenon, the literary mega best seller which transcends
linguistic boundaries . . . [It has] a gripping mystery, vivid
characterization, an atmospheric setting, fascinating period
detail, sly humour, dramatic confrontations, stunning set pieces,
and a supple, eloquent prose that can shift its register to
encompass the experience of faith, doubt, horror, erotic ecstasy,
-from the Introduction by David Lodge