Numero Zero by Umberto EcoNumero Zero by Umberto Eco

Numero Zero

byUmberto EcoTranslated byRichard Dixon

Paperback | May 17, 2016

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1945, Lake Como. Mussolini and his mistress are captured and shot by local partisans. The precise circumstances of Il Duce's death remain controversial.
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1992, Milan. Colonna, a depressed hack writer, is offered a fee he can't resist to ghostwrite a memoir. His subject: a fledgling newspaper, which happens to be financed by a powerful media magnate. As Colonna gets to know the team, he learns of the editor's paranoid theory that Mussolini's corpse was a body double and part of a wider Fascist plot. It's the scoop the newspaper desperately needs. The evidence? He's working on it.
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It's all there: media hoaxes, Mafiosi, the CIA, the Pentagon, blackmail, love, gossip, and murder. A clash of forces that have shaped Italy since World War II-from Mussolini to Berlusconi. "Farcical, serious, satiric, and tragic," ( Le Point ), Numero Zero is the work of a master storyteller.
UMBERTO ECO has written numerous essay collections and five novels, including The Name of the Rose and Foucault's Pendulum . He received Italy's highest literary award, the Premio Strega, was named a Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur by the French government, and is an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Lette...
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Title:Numero ZeroFormat:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.54 inPublished:May 17, 2016Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0544811836

ISBN - 13:9780544811836

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New York Times Paperback Row One of Vulture's 7 Books You Need to Read this November" Included on the Los Angeles Times 's "Holiday Books Roundup" One of Bloomberg Business 's "Eight Books for Your Holiday Reading" One of The Millions "Most Anticipated" from the Second Half of 2015 One of the Sun Herald 's "Ten noteworthy fiction and nonfiction titles on the way" December 2015 Indie Next Pick "Witty and wry? slim in pages but plump in satire about modern Italy? it's hard not to be charmed by the zest of the author."-Tom Rachman, New York Times Book Review "Frequently imitated for his amalgamation of intellect, conspiracism, and historical suspense, the author of In the Name of the Rose takes a more contemporary and satirical turn. In 1992, as Italy works to cleanse itself of corruption, a hack journalist is hired to ghostwrite a memoir about a never-to-be-published gossip rag in order to cover up the real rationale for its fakery. Eco's warped parable is rooted in a very specific time and place, but readers of Elena Ferrante or Rachel Kushner will likely catch the barbs in his clever absurdities."-Vulture ( New York ), "7 Books You Need to Read this November" "Colonna, the struggling ghostwriter at the heart of this story, is transfixed by a juicy scoop: that Mussolini was not killed by partisans in 1945, as most believe, but instead survived in hiding. This sly satire, borrowing from outrageous real-life Italian politics, features a larger-than-life leader, conspiracy theories and an almost-corrupt press."- New York Times, Paperback Row "Numero Zero [is]? a smart puzzle and a delight."- Kirkus Reviews, starred "Eco combines his delight in suspense with astute political satire in this brainy, funny, neatly lacerating thriller? . Eco's caustically clever, darkly hilarious, dagger-quick tale of lies, crimes, and collusions condemns the shameless corruption and greed undermining journalism and governments everywhere. A satisfyingly scathing indictment brightened by resolute love." - Booklist "