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The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana

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"The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana is impressive in the sheer breadth of knowledge intertwined to form a national consciousness, and the tale it tells is engaging, but it could have had even more resonance if its protagonist had been less self-absorbed. To a certain degree, his life story shares the same shortcoming that Yambo diagnoses in himself: 'I don't have feelings, I only have memorable sayings.'" Yvonne Zipp, Christian Science Monitor (read the entire Christian Science Monitor review)

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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 nothing about his parents or his childhood. In an effort to retrieve his past, he withdraws to the family home somewhere in the hills between Milan and Turin. There, in the sprawling attic, he searches through boxes of old newspapers, comics, records, photo albums, and adolescent diaries. And so Yambo relives the story of his generation: Mussolini, Catholic education and guilt, Josephine Baker, Flash Gordon, Fred Astaire. His memories run wild, and the life racing before his eyes takes the form of a graphic novel. Yambo struggles through the frames to capture one simple, innocent image: that of his first love.

A fascinating, abundant new novel-wide-ranging, nostalgic, funny, full of heart — from the incomparable Eco.

Review:

"When aging Italian book-dealer Yambo, hero of this engaging if somewhat bloodless novel of ideas, regains consciousness after a mysterious coma, he suffers a peculiar form of amnesia. His 'public' memory of languages, everyday routines, history and literature remains intact, but his autobiographical memory of personal experiences — of his family, lovers, childhood, even his name — is gone. He can spout literary and cultural allusions on any topic, citing everything from Moby-Dick to Star Trek, but complains, 'I don't have feelings, I only have memorable sayings.' To recover his past, he repairs to his boyhood home to peruse a cache of memorabilia amassed in his youth during Mussolini's reign and WWII, consisting of comic books, schoolbooks, Fascist propaganda, popular music, romantic novels and his own poetry about an unattainable high school beauty. The setup allows semiotician and novelist Eco (The Name of the Rose, etc.) to indulge his passion for pulp materials by reproducing such objects as movie posters, song lyrics and a graphic novella rendering the Book of Revelation as a Flash Gordon melodrama, with intriguing asides on cognitive psychology and philosophy of mind thrown in. The result has a somewhat academic feel, but it's an absorbing exploration of how that most fundamental master-narrative, our memory, is pieced together from a bricolage of pop culture." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"An insidiously witty and provocative story" Richard Eder, Los Angeles Times

Review:

"[C]ompelling storytelling and greatly sympathetic characters..." Booklist (Starred Review)

Review:

"Having lost all his memories except for every book and poem he has ever read, rare-books dealer Yambro flees to the old family home to reconstruct his life — which spools by here in graphic-novel format." Library Journal

Review:

"A head-spinning tour through the corridors of history and popular culture, and one of this sly entertainer's liveliest yet." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"A fascinating meditation on the importance of memory and the power of human consciousness...a thoughtful, satisfying commentary on how easily modern society often dismisses the importance of the past." Denver Post

Review:

"Warm, challenging, dizzying and ultimately rewarding..." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Review:

"A very strange yet wonderfully mesmerizing tale....This is not for everyone. I had to push a bit, but it lingers and haunts and, once again, displays Eco's art in all its self-referential, heartfelt glory." Sam Coale, Providence Journal

Review:

"[A] work of spectacular appetites and epic confusion....Too long by half, it nevertheless rewards the patient reader with a tale that's both intellectually provoking and, in the end, emotionally serious." Washington Post

Synopsis:

"Brilliantly written and gorgeously illustrated . . . As we accompany Yambo on his trail of self-discovery, we see Umberto Eco, one of the great minds of our era, reveal a little of his heart." --Chicago Sun-Times

"Eco . . . leaves the reader charmed . . . [His] latest feat of imagination burns with humane intelligence." --Philadelphia Inquirer

 

What if you woke up tomorrow and remembered nothing of your life? The faces of your spouse and children are strange, and the outlines of your childhood are only a blur. This is the crisis that Yambo, an Italian bookseller, faces when he regains consciousness after suffering a stroke. He is shocked to find, however, that he can remember every book he has ever read, every line of poetry, and a wealth of literary quotations.

    Desperate to retrieve his past, he searches through boxes of old newspapers, comics, records, photo albums, and adolescent diaries. And so Yambo relives the story of his generation: Mussolini, Catholic education and guilt, Josephine Baker, Flash Gordon, Fred Astaire. His memories run wild, and life races before him in a series of images, as Yambo struggles to capture the most elusive one—that of his first love.

"Eco continues to write some of the most timeless and consistently engaging fiction out there." --Miami Herald

 

Umberto Eco is a professor of semiotics at the University of Bologna and the bestselling author of numerous novels and essays. He lives in Milan.
 
Translated from the Italian by Geoffrey Brock

About the Author

Umberto Eco is a professor of semiotics at the University of Bologna and the bestselling author of numerous novels and essays. He lives in Milan.

Table of Contents

PART ONE: THE INCIDENT

1. The Cruelest Month 3

2. The Murmur of Mulberry Leaves 28

3. Someone May Pluck Your Flower 45

4. Alone through City Streets I Go 64

PART TWO: PAPER MEMORY

5. Clarabelle's Treasure 81

6. Il Nuovissimo Melzi 90

7. Eight Days in an Attic 117

8. When the Radio 159

9. But Pippo Doesn't Know 178

10. The Alchemist's Tower 212

11. Up There at Capocabana 227

12. Blue Skies Are on the Way 257

13. The Pallid Little Maiden 272

14. The Hotel of the Three Roses 295

PART THREE: OI NO?TOI

15. You're Back at Last, Friend Mist! 301

16. The Wind Is Whistling 325

17. The Provident Young Man 379

18. Lovely Thou Art as the Sun 406

sources of citations and Illustrations 451

Product Details

ISBN:
9780156030434
Author:
Eco, Umberto
Publisher:
Harvest Books
Translator:
Brock, Geoffrey
Author:
Brock, Geoffrey
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Amnesia
Subject:
Antiquarian booksellers
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20060631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
177 four-color and 32 black-and-white il
Pages:
480
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in 1.13 lb

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Product details 480 pages Harvest Books - English 9780156030434 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "When aging Italian book-dealer Yambo, hero of this engaging if somewhat bloodless novel of ideas, regains consciousness after a mysterious coma, he suffers a peculiar form of amnesia. His 'public' memory of languages, everyday routines, history and literature remains intact, but his autobiographical memory of personal experiences — of his family, lovers, childhood, even his name — is gone. He can spout literary and cultural allusions on any topic, citing everything from Moby-Dick to Star Trek, but complains, 'I don't have feelings, I only have memorable sayings.' To recover his past, he repairs to his boyhood home to peruse a cache of memorabilia amassed in his youth during Mussolini's reign and WWII, consisting of comic books, schoolbooks, Fascist propaganda, popular music, romantic novels and his own poetry about an unattainable high school beauty. The setup allows semiotician and novelist Eco (The Name of the Rose, etc.) to indulge his passion for pulp materials by reproducing such objects as movie posters, song lyrics and a graphic novella rendering the Book of Revelation as a Flash Gordon melodrama, with intriguing asides on cognitive psychology and philosophy of mind thrown in. The result has a somewhat academic feel, but it's an absorbing exploration of how that most fundamental master-narrative, our memory, is pieced together from a bricolage of pop culture." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review A Day" by , "The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana is impressive in the sheer breadth of knowledge intertwined to form a national consciousness, and the tale it tells is engaging, but it could have had even more resonance if its protagonist had been less self-absorbed. To a certain degree, his life story shares the same shortcoming that Yambo diagnoses in himself: 'I don't have feelings, I only have memorable sayings.'" (read the entire Christian Science Monitor review)
"Review" by , "An insidiously witty and provocative story"
"Review" by , "[C]ompelling storytelling and greatly sympathetic characters..."
"Review" by , "Having lost all his memories except for every book and poem he has ever read, rare-books dealer Yambro flees to the old family home to reconstruct his life — which spools by here in graphic-novel format."
"Review" by , "A head-spinning tour through the corridors of history and popular culture, and one of this sly entertainer's liveliest yet."
"Review" by , "A fascinating meditation on the importance of memory and the power of human consciousness...a thoughtful, satisfying commentary on how easily modern society often dismisses the importance of the past."
"Review" by , "Warm, challenging, dizzying and ultimately rewarding..."
"Review" by , "A very strange yet wonderfully mesmerizing tale....This is not for everyone. I had to push a bit, but it lingers and haunts and, once again, displays Eco's art in all its self-referential, heartfelt glory."
"Review" by , "[A] work of spectacular appetites and epic confusion....Too long by half, it nevertheless rewards the patient reader with a tale that's both intellectually provoking and, in the end, emotionally serious."
"Synopsis" by ,
"Brilliantly written and gorgeously illustrated . . . As we accompany Yambo on his trail of self-discovery, we see Umberto Eco, one of the great minds of our era, reveal a little of his heart." --Chicago Sun-Times

"Eco . . . leaves the reader charmed . . . [His] latest feat of imagination burns with humane intelligence." --Philadelphia Inquirer

 

What if you woke up tomorrow and remembered nothing of your life? The faces of your spouse and children are strange, and the outlines of your childhood are only a blur. This is the crisis that Yambo, an Italian bookseller, faces when he regains consciousness after suffering a stroke. He is shocked to find, however, that he can remember every book he has ever read, every line of poetry, and a wealth of literary quotations.

    Desperate to retrieve his past, he searches through boxes of old newspapers, comics, records, photo albums, and adolescent diaries. And so Yambo relives the story of his generation: Mussolini, Catholic education and guilt, Josephine Baker, Flash Gordon, Fred Astaire. His memories run wild, and life races before him in a series of images, as Yambo struggles to capture the most elusive one—that of his first love.

"Eco continues to write some of the most timeless and consistently engaging fiction out there." --Miami Herald

 

Umberto Eco is a professor of semiotics at the University of Bologna and the bestselling author of numerous novels and essays. He lives in Milan.
 
Translated from the Italian by Geoffrey Brock

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