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Foucault's Pendulum

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Publisher Comments:

Bored with their work, three Milanese editors cook up "the Plan," a hoax that connects the medieval Knights Templar with other occult groups from ancient to modern times. This produces a map indicating the geographical point from which all the powers of the earth can be controlled — a point located in Paris, France, at Foucault's Pendulum. But in a fateful turn the joke becomes all too real, and when occult groups, including Satanists, get wind of the Plan, they go so far as to kill one of the editors in their quest to gain control of the earth.

Orchestrating these and other diverse characters into his multilayered semiotic adventure, Eco has created a superb cerebral entertainment.

Review:

"[The book] is not meant to be easy....[But] great are the rewards for those who actually manage to read it....You may call the book an intellectual triumph, if not a fictional one." Anthony Burgess, The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"An intellectual adventure story, as sensational, thrilling and packed with arcana as Raiders of the Lost Ark or The Count of Monte Cristo." The Washington Post Book World

Review:

"[This novel] is several books wrapped up in one, some more successful than others....Although scholarship is supposed to be Eco's forte, the erudite sections of [the novel] are perhaps [its] weakest elements....[But] interest invariably picks up when the novel returns to Belbo's personal experiences." The Atlantic Monthly

Review:

"As brilliant and quirky as The Name of the Rose, as mischievous and wide-ranging....A virtuoso performance." San Francisco Chronicle

Synopsis:

Three Milan editors, who have spent much time rewriting crackpot manuscripts on the occult, decide to have a little fun. Their plan encompasses the secrets of the solar system, Satanic initiation rites, and Brazilian voodoo. A terrific joke — until people begin to disappear.

Synopsis:

“As brilliant and quirky as The Name of the Rose, as mischievous and wide-ranging . . . A virtuoso performance.” —San Francisco Chronicle

 

A literary joke plunges its creators into mortal danger in this captivating intellectual thriller by celebrated author Umberto Eco.

A Colonel Ardenti starts it all: He tells three editors that he has discovered a coded message about a centuries-old Knights Templar plan to tap a mystic source of power greater than atomic energy. The editors, bored with rewriting crackpot manuscripts on the occult and amused by his fantastic claims, decide to cook up a Plan of their own. Into their computer they feed manuscript pages on Satanic initiation rites, Rosicrucianism, the measurements of the Great Pyramid—and out comes a map indicating a point from which all the powers of the earth can be controlled, a point located at Foucaults Pendulum in Paris. A terrific joke, they think. Until people begin to disappear mysteriously, starting with the colonel . . .

“An encyclopedic detective story about a search for the center of an ancient, still-living conspiracy of men who seek not merely power over the earth but the power of the earth itself . . . An intellectual triumph.” —Anthony Burgess, The New York Times Book Review

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.

 

 

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

Table of Contents

 

KETER

1. When the light of the infinite   

2. Wee haue divers curious Clocks  

HOKHMAH

3. In hanc utilitatem clementes angeli   

4. He who attempts to penetrate into the Rose Garden   

5. And begin by combining this name   

6. Judá León se dio a permutaciones   

BINAH

7. Do not expect too much of the end of the world   

8. Having come from the light and from the gods   

9. In his right hand he held a golden trumpet   

10. And finally nothing is cabalistically inferred   

11. His sterility was infinite   

12. Sub umbra alarum tuarum   

13. Li frere, li mestre du Temple   

14. He, if asked, would also confess to killing Our Lord   

15. I will go and fetch you help from the Comte dAnjou   

16. He had been in the order only nine months   

17. And thus did the knights of the Temple vanish   

18. A mass terrifyingly riddled with fissures and caverns   

19. The Order has never ceased to exist, not for a moment   

20. Invisible center, the sovereign who must reawaken   

21. The Graal . . . is a weight so heavy   

22. The knights wanted to face no further questions   

HESED

23. The analogy of opposites   

24. Sauvez la faible Aischa   

25. These mysterious initiates   

26. All the traditions of the earth   

27. One day, saying that he had known Pontius Pilate   

28. There is a body that enfolds the whole of the world   

29. Simply because they change and hide their names   

30. And the famous confraternity of the Rosy Cross   

31. The majority were in reality only Rosicrucians   

32. Valentiniani per ambiguitates bilingues   

33. The visions are white, blue, white, pale red   

GEVURAH

34. Beydelus, Demeymes, Adulex   

35. I mi son Lia   

36. Yet one caution let me give   

37. Whoever reflects on four things   

38. Prince of Babylon, Knight of the Black Cross   

39. Doctor of the Planispheres, Hermetic Philosopher   

40. Cowards die many times before their deaths   

41. Daath is situated at the point where the abyss   

42. We are all in agreement, whatever we say   

43. People who meet on the street   

44. Invoke the forces   

45. And from this springs the extraordinary question   

46. You will approach the frog several times   

47. The sense alert and the memory clear   

48. The volume of the Great Pyramid in cubic inches   

49. A spiritual knighthood of initiates   

50. For I am the first and the last   

51. When therefore a Great Cabalist   

52. A colossal chessboard that extends beneath the earth   

53. Unable to control destinies on earth openly   

54. The prince of darkness   

55. I call a theatre   

56. He began playing his shining trumpet   

57. On every third tree a lantern   

58. Alchemy, however, is a chaste prostitute   

59. And if such monsters are generated   

60. Poor idiot!   

61. The Golden Fleece is guarded   

62. We consider societies druidic if   

63. What does the fish remind you of?   

TIFERET

64. To dream of living in an unknown city   

65. The frame was twenty foot square   

66. If our hypothesis is correct   

67. Da Rosa, nada digamos agora   

68. Let your garments be white   

69. Elles deviennent le Diable   

70. Let us remember the secret references   

71. We do not even know with certainty   

72. Nos inuisibles pretendus   

73. Another curious case   

74. Though his will be good   

75. The initiates are at the edge of that path   

76. Dilettantism   

77. This herb is called Devilbane   

78. Surely this monstrous hybrid   

79. He opened his coffer   

80. When White arrives   

81. They could explode the whole surface of our planet   

82. The earth is a magnetic body   

83. A map is not the territory   

84. Following the plans of Verulam   

85. Phileas Fogg. A name that is also a signature   

86. It was to them that Eiffel turned   

87. It is a remarkable coincidence   

88. Templarism is Jesuitism   

89. In the bosom of the deepest darkness   

90. All the outrages attributed to the Templars   

91. How well you have unmasked those infernal sects   

92. With all the power and terror of Satan   

93. Whereas we stay in the wings   

94. En avoit-il le moindre soupçon?   

95. Namely the Jewish Cabalists   

96. A cover is always necessary   

97. I am that I am   

98. Its racist gnosis, its rites and initiations   

99. Guenonism plus armored divisions   

100. I declare the earth is hollow   

101. Qui operatur in Cabala   

102. A very thick and high wall   

103. Your secret name shall have 36 letters   

104. These texts are not addressed to common mortals   

105. Delirat lingua, labat mens   

106. List No. 5   

NEZAH

107. Dost thou see yon black dog?   

108. Are there several Powers at work?   

109. Saint-Germain . . . very polished and witty   

110. They mistook the movements and walked backward   

111. Cest une leçon par la suite   

HOD

112. Four our Ordinances and Rites   

113. Our cause is a secret   

114. The ideal pendulum   

115. If the eye could see the demons   

116. Je voudrais être la tour   

117. Madness has an enormous pavilion   

YESOD

118. The conspiracy theory of society   

119. The garland of the trumpet was set afire   

MALKHUT

120. They hold for certain that they are in the light   

Product Details

ISBN:
9780156032971
Author:
Eco, Umberto
Publisher:
Harvest Books
Translator:
Weaver, William
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Religions
Subject:
Occultism
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Thought and thinking
Subject:
Occult fiction
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Psychological
Subject:
Occult
Subject:
Occult & Supernatural
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20070331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
640
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in 1.12 lb

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Product details 640 pages Harvest Books - English 9780156032971 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[The book] is not meant to be easy....[But] great are the rewards for those who actually manage to read it....You may call the book an intellectual triumph, if not a fictional one."
"Review" by , "An intellectual adventure story, as sensational, thrilling and packed with arcana as Raiders of the Lost Ark or The Count of Monte Cristo."
"Review" by , "[This novel] is several books wrapped up in one, some more successful than others....Although scholarship is supposed to be Eco's forte, the erudite sections of [the novel] are perhaps [its] weakest elements....[But] interest invariably picks up when the novel returns to Belbo's personal experiences."
"Review" by , "As brilliant and quirky as The Name of the Rose, as mischievous and wide-ranging....A virtuoso performance."
"Synopsis" by , Three Milan editors, who have spent much time rewriting crackpot manuscripts on the occult, decide to have a little fun. Their plan encompasses the secrets of the solar system, Satanic initiation rites, and Brazilian voodoo. A terrific joke — until people begin to disappear.
"Synopsis" by ,
“As brilliant and quirky as The Name of the Rose, as mischievous and wide-ranging . . . A virtuoso performance.” —San Francisco Chronicle

 

A literary joke plunges its creators into mortal danger in this captivating intellectual thriller by celebrated author Umberto Eco.

A Colonel Ardenti starts it all: He tells three editors that he has discovered a coded message about a centuries-old Knights Templar plan to tap a mystic source of power greater than atomic energy. The editors, bored with rewriting crackpot manuscripts on the occult and amused by his fantastic claims, decide to cook up a Plan of their own. Into their computer they feed manuscript pages on Satanic initiation rites, Rosicrucianism, the measurements of the Great Pyramid—and out comes a map indicating a point from which all the powers of the earth can be controlled, a point located at Foucaults Pendulum in Paris. A terrific joke, they think. Until people begin to disappear mysteriously, starting with the colonel . . .

“An encyclopedic detective story about a search for the center of an ancient, still-living conspiracy of men who seek not merely power over the earth but the power of the earth itself . . . An intellectual triumph.” —Anthony Burgess, The New York Times Book Review

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.

 

 

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