Baudolino / In Spanish by Umberto EcoBaudolino / In Spanish by Umberto Eco

Baudolino / In Spanish

byUmberto Eco

Paperback | February 23, 2016 | Spanish

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Umberto Eco regresa a la Edad Media con una fascinante historia donde se confunden y entremezclan hazañas prodigiosas e inverosímiles, propias de los libros de caballerías, con andanzas y viajes a países remotos y escenarios desconocidos, un vasto fresco narrativo en el que se conjugan elementos de la novela histórica con otros propios del relato de intriga, de aventuras o del género policíaco.

En una zona del bajo Piamonte donde, años después, surgirá Alejandría, Baudolino, un pequeño campesino, fantasioso y embustero, conquista a Federico Barbarroja y se convierte en su hijo adoptivo. Baudolino fabula e inventa, pero, casi milagrosamente, todo aquello que imagina genera Historia. Así, entre otras cosas, crea la mítica carta del Preste Juan, que prometía a Occidente un reino fabuloso, en el lejano Oriente, gobernado por un rey cristiano, una carta que ha nutrido la imaginación de muchos viajeros posteriores, entre los que se cuenta Marco Polo. Baudolino crece, nace Alejandría y, años más tarde, empujado por la invención de Baudolino, Federico emprende un viaje, con el pretexto de hacer una cruzada, para restituir al Preste Juan la más preciosa reliquia de la cristiandad, el Santo Grial. Federico morirá durante el viaje -en circunstancias misteriosas que sólo Baudolino nos revelará-, pero su ahijado continuará el viaje hacia aquel reino lejano, entre los monstruos que han habitado los bestiarios del medioevo, vicisitudes llenas de magia y hechizos durante las que vivirá un delicado episodio amoroso con la más singular de las hijas de Eva. Narrada a Nicetas Coniates, historiador bizantino, mientras Constantinopla arde saqueada por los cruzados, la historia nos reserva aún algunas sorpresas, puesto que, hablando con Nicetas, Baudolino comprende cosas que no había entendido todavía y de las que se deriva un final verdaderamente inesperado.


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It is April 1204, and Constantinople, the splendid capital of the Byzantine Empire, is being sacked and burned by the knights of the Fourth Crusade. Amid the carnage and confusion, one Baudolino saves a historian and high court official from certain death at the hands of the crusading warriors and proceeds to tell his own fantastical story.

Born a simple peasant in northern Italy, Baudolino has two major gifts-a talent for learning languages and a skill in telling lies. When still a boy he meets a foreign commander in the woods, charming him with his quick wit and lively mind. The commander-who proves to be Emperor Frederick Barbarossa-adopts Baudolino and sends him to the university in Paris, where he makes a number of fearless, adventurous friends.

Spurred on by myths and their own reveries, this merry band sets out in search of Prester John, a legendary priest-king said to rule over a vast kingdom in the East-a phantasmagorical land of strange creatures with eyes on their shoulders and mouths on their stomachs, of eunuchs, unicorns, and lovely maidens.

With dazzling digressions, outrageous tricks, extraordinary feeling, and vicarious reflections on our postmodern age, this is Eco the storyteller at his brilliant best.
La obra de Umberto Eco (1932-2016) ha sido fundamental para entender la historia del siglo XX y de nuestros días. Durante mucho tiempo se dedicó a la enseñanza en la universidad, y sus ensayos son textos de consulta obligada en las universidades de todo el mundo. Entre sus ensayos más importantes publicados en castellano figuran: ...
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Title:Baudolino / In SpanishFormat:PaperbackDimensions:640 pages, 7.49 × 4.96 × 1.11 inPublished:February 23, 2016Publisher:PRH Grupo EditorialLanguage:Spanish

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Astounding WOW. I picked up this book, expecting it to be just another book that looked amazing. Within twenty pages I was absoulutely hooked. The last hundred are difficult to finish simply because you don't want it too end. Eco takes virtually every European folk story, ranging from the Holy Grail and the Kingdom of Prester John and plays infinately long games with them. The main character, Baudolino, will make you both laugh until your stomach hurts and make you cry your heart out. A fantastic, epic book which is written in such historical detail that you feel as if Umberto lived around the same time. A must read for anyone who likes tall tails which keep getting taller.
Date published: 2006-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A wonderful mix! In Baudolino the themes of companionship, medieval romanticism, treachery, cruelty, and creed as well as contemporary technological sophistications and devices are portrayed with brilliance that characterizes Eco's style of writing. While the narrative is itself capturing and filled with breathtaking comparisons and head-spinning twists of plot, the detective story's apogee at the end, impresses immensely. A great book!
Date published: 2004-07-12