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By the time Umberto Eco published his best-selling novel The Name of the Rose, he was one of Italy's most celebrated intellectuals, a distinguished academic and the author of influential works on semiotics. Some years before that, in 1977, Eco published a little…
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"This marriage is not supposed to happen." Lombardy, 1628, a time of oppressive Spanish occupation of Northern Italy, and of the Thirty Years' War. The young lovers Lorenzo and Lucia, both from peasant families, are planning their wedding. However, the…
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The idea that there once existed a language which perfectly and unambiguously expressed the essence of all possible things and concepts has occupied the minds of philosophers, theologians, mystics and others for at least two millennia. This is an investigation…

On Ugliness

by Umberto Eco

|October 18, 2011

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In the mold of his acclaimed History of Beauty , renowned cultural critic Umberto Eco’s On Ugliness is an exploration of the monstrous and the repellant in visual culture and the arts. What is the voyeuristic impulse behind our attraction to the gruesome…
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Umberto Eco published his first novel, The Name of the Rose, in 1980, when he was nearly fifty. In these “confessions,” the author, now in his late seventies, looks back on his long career as a theorist and his more recent work as a novelist, and…
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Yambo, a sixtyish rare-book dealer who lives in Milan, has suffered a loss of memory-he can remember the plot of every book he has ever read, every line of poetry, but he no longer knows his own name, doesn't recognize his wife or his daughters, and remembers…

Número Cero

by Umberto Eco

|June 2, 2015

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“Los perdedores y los autodidactas siempre saben mucho más que los ganadores. Si quieres ganar, tienes que concentrarte en un solo objetivo, y más te vale no perder el tiempo en saber más: el placer de la erudición está…

Numero Zéro

by Umberto Eco

|June 10, 2015

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En 1992, un groupe de journalistes milanais fonde un journal de pressions. Lorsqu'ils partent à la recherche de vieilles affaires passées sous silence et concernant Benito Mussolini, ils se retrouvent eux-mêmes victimes de chantage, jusqu'à l'assassinat de l'un…

Au nom de la rose

by Umberto Eco

|November 2, 1983

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Rien ne va plus dans la Chrétienté. Rebelles à toute autorité, des bandes d'hérétiques sillonnent les royaumes et servent à leur insu le jeu impitoyable des pouvoirs. En arrivant dans le havre de sérénité et de neutralité qu'est l'abbaye située entre Provence et…
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By the time Umberto Eco published his best-selling novel The Name of the Rose , he was one of Italy's most celebrated intellectuals, a distinguished academic and the author of influential works on semiotics. Some years before that, in 1977, Eco published a…

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"... not merely interesting and novel, but also exceedingly provocative and heuristically fertile." -The Review of Metaphysics "... essential reading for anyone interesting in... the new reader-centered forms of criticism." -Library Journal In this erudite and…
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"Eco wittily and enchantingly develops themes often touched on in his previous works, but he delves deeper into their complex nature... this collection can be read with pleasure by those unversed in semiotic theory." -Times Literary Supplement