Umberto Eco is an Italian novelist,
medievalist, semiotician, philosopher, and literary critic. He is
the author of several best-selling novels, including The Name of
the Rose (1983), Foucault's Pendulum (1989), The Island of the Day
Before (1995), Baudolino (2001), and The Prague Cemetery (2011).
His collections of essays include Travels in Hyperreality (1986),
Kant and the Platypus (1999), Serendipities (1998), Five Moral
Pieces (2001), and On Literature (2004). He has also written
academic texts and children's books.
Jean-Claude Carriere is one of France's most distinguished
writers. He received the 1972 Prix Goncourt for his novel
L'Épervier de Maheux. His other works include the historical drama
The Controversy of Valladolid (2005) and the novel Please, Mr.
Einstein (2006). With the English director Peter Brook, Carrière
adapted the Indian epic poem The Mahabharata for the stage in 1987.
Carrière has collaborated with many film directors, including
Jacques Tati, Milos Forman, Luis Buñuel, and Jean-Luc Godard. He
wrote the screenplays for The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988),
Cyrano de Bergerac (1990), and The Tin Drum (1979), among many