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Publisher Comments:

The latest international bestseller from the author of The Name of the Rose and Foucaults Pendulum.

Nineteenth-century Europe — from Turin to Prague to Paris — abounds with the ghastly and the mysterious. Jesuits plot against Freemasons. Italian republicans strangle priests with their own intestines. French criminals plan bombings by day and celebrate Black Masses at night. Every nation has its own secret service, perpetrating forgeries, plots, and massacres. Conspiracies rule history. From the unification of Italy to the Paris Commune to the Dreyfus Affair to The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, Europe is in tumult and everyone needs a scapegoat. But what if, behind all of these conspiracies, both real and imagined, lay one lone man? What if that evil genius created the worlds most infamous document?

Review:

"Eco's latest takes as its focal point the creation of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, the infamous and discredited document used by anti-Semites and conspiracy theorists everywhere as proof of a worldwide Jewish cabal. His fictional main character, Simone Simonini, is a spy, a forger, a murderer, and a misanthrope, whose deep hatred of the Jews (for starters) drives him to cobble together the Protocols from the actual texts of historical figures like Maurice Joly, Abbé Augustin Barruel, and Leo Taxil. Complicating matters is Simonini's gradual realization that he is suffering from a split personality, dividing his time between his conspiratorial acts as the self-anointed 'Captain' Simonini and as a suspicious priest, Abbé Dalla Piccola. What follows is an overstuffed, intriguing, hilarious, and frustrating glimpse into the turbulent power struggles of late 19th-century Europe and the imagined path to one of the most notorious documents of the early 20th century. Readers of Eco's oeuvre will no doubt be familiar with, and most likely welcome as a challenge, the author's insistence on cluttering his narrative with what can only be characterized as intellectual braggadocio. Such extemporaneous information certainly adds to the sense of place and the awareness of being told a tale by a master, but the narrative gets lost in the details. While no one expects Dan Brown simplicity from Eco, his desire to impress — and demand so much of — his readers sometimes works against his best intentions. Illus." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Review:

"Erudite and pop, sinister and passionate....A work destined to become a classic." La Repubblica (Italy)

Review:

"A masterpiece...intellectually stimulating and dramatically intriguing." Chicago Tribune

Review:

"As wonderfully exotic as only Eco can contrive....An astonishing intellectual journey." San Francisco Chronicle

Review:

"Vintage Eco...the book is a triumph. New York Review of Books

Review:

"Choreographed by a truth that is itself so strange a novelist need hardly expand on it to produce a wondrous tale...Eco is to be applauded for bringing this stranger-than-fiction truth vividly to life." New York Times

Review:

"Classic Eco, with a difference." Los Angeles Times

Synopsis:

The story of a secret agent who weaves plots, conspiracies, intrigues and attacks, and helps determine the historical and political fate of the Continent.

Synopsis:

The Prague Cemetery is the latest international bestseller from Umberto Eco, author of The Name of the Rose. Nineteenth-century Europe abounds with political and religious conspiracies from Turin to Prague to Paris.  What if, behind it all, lay one lone man determining the fate of the Continent?

Synopsis:

The #1 international bestseller, from Umberto Eco, author of The Name of the Rose.

Nineteenth-century Europe — from Turin to Prague to Paris — abounds with the ghastly and the mysterious. Jesuits plot against Freemasons. Italian republicans strangle priests with their own intestines. French criminals plan bombings by day and celebrate Black Masses at night. Every nation has its own secret service, perpetrating forgeries, plots, and massacres. Conspiracies rule history. From the unification of Italy to the Paris Commune to the Dreyfus Affair to The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, Europe is in tumult and everyone needs a scapegoat. But what if, behind all of these conspiracies, both real and imagined, lay one lone man?

About the Author

Umberto Eco is a professor of semiotics at the University of Bologna and the best-selling author of numerous novels and essays. He lives in Italy.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780547577531
Author:
Eco, Umberto
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH)
Translator:
Weaver, William
Author:
Dixon, Richard
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20111131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
464
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Eco's latest takes as its focal point the creation of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, the infamous and discredited document used by anti-Semites and conspiracy theorists everywhere as proof of a worldwide Jewish cabal. His fictional main character, Simone Simonini, is a spy, a forger, a murderer, and a misanthrope, whose deep hatred of the Jews (for starters) drives him to cobble together the Protocols from the actual texts of historical figures like Maurice Joly, Abbé Augustin Barruel, and Leo Taxil. Complicating matters is Simonini's gradual realization that he is suffering from a split personality, dividing his time between his conspiratorial acts as the self-anointed 'Captain' Simonini and as a suspicious priest, Abbé Dalla Piccola. What follows is an overstuffed, intriguing, hilarious, and frustrating glimpse into the turbulent power struggles of late 19th-century Europe and the imagined path to one of the most notorious documents of the early 20th century. Readers of Eco's oeuvre will no doubt be familiar with, and most likely welcome as a challenge, the author's insistence on cluttering his narrative with what can only be characterized as intellectual braggadocio. Such extemporaneous information certainly adds to the sense of place and the awareness of being told a tale by a master, but the narrative gets lost in the details. While no one expects Dan Brown simplicity from Eco, his desire to impress — and demand so much of — his readers sometimes works against his best intentions. Illus." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , "Erudite and pop, sinister and passionate....A work destined to become a classic."
"Review" by , "A masterpiece...intellectually stimulating and dramatically intriguing."
"Review" by , "As wonderfully exotic as only Eco can contrive....An astonishing intellectual journey."
"Review" by , "Vintage Eco...the book is a triumph.
"Review" by , "Choreographed by a truth that is itself so strange a novelist need hardly expand on it to produce a wondrous tale...Eco is to be applauded for bringing this stranger-than-fiction truth vividly to life."
"Review" by , "Classic Eco, with a difference."
"Synopsis" by , The story of a secret agent who weaves plots, conspiracies, intrigues and attacks, and helps determine the historical and political fate of the Continent.
"Synopsis" by ,
The Prague Cemetery is the latest international bestseller from Umberto Eco, author of The Name of the Rose. Nineteenth-century Europe abounds with political and religious conspiracies from Turin to Prague to Paris.  What if, behind it all, lay one lone man determining the fate of the Continent?
"Synopsis" by , The #1 international bestseller, from Umberto Eco, author of The Name of the Rose.

Nineteenth-century Europe — from Turin to Prague to Paris — abounds with the ghastly and the mysterious. Jesuits plot against Freemasons. Italian republicans strangle priests with their own intestines. French criminals plan bombings by day and celebrate Black Masses at night. Every nation has its own secret service, perpetrating forgeries, plots, and massacres. Conspiracies rule history. From the unification of Italy to the Paris Commune to the Dreyfus Affair to The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, Europe is in tumult and everyone needs a scapegoat. But what if, behind all of these conspiracies, both real and imagined, lay one lone man?

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