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Foucault's Pendulum

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Publisher Comments:

Three clever book editors, inspired by an extraordinary fable they heard years before, decide to have a little fun. Randomly feeding esoteric bits of knowledge into an incredible computer capable of inventing connections between all their entires, they think they are creating a long, lazy game — until the game starts taking over...

Here is an incredible journey of thought and history, memory and fantasy, a tour de force as enthralling as anything Umberto Eco — or indeed, anyone — has ever devised.

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

Review:

"The narrative eventually becomes heavy with the accumulated weight of data and supposition....Until that point, however, this is an intriguing cerebral exercise in which Eco slyly suggests that intellectual arrogance can come to no good end." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"[A]n intellectual triumph." New York Times Books of the Century

Synopsis:

A superb cerebral entertainment about three editors who cook up a hoax — involving the Templar Knights, Stonehenge, the Cabala, and Brazilian voodoo, among other things — that suddenly becomes all too real.

About the Author

Umberto Eco was born in 1932 in Alessandria, Italy. He is a professor of semiotics at the University of Bologna, a philosopher, historian, literary critic and aethetician. He is the author of the international bestselling novels The Name of the Rose and The Island of the Day Before, as well as three collections of popular essays, Travels in Hyperreality, Misreadings, and How to Travel with a Salmon & Other Essays. Mr. Eco lives in Milan.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780345418272
Author:
Eco, Umberto
Publisher:
Ballantine Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
Non-Classifiable
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Religions
Subject:
Continental european fiction (fictional works
Subject:
Thought and thinking
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Occultism
Subject:
Alchemy
Subject:
Voodooism
Subject:
Occult fiction
Subject:
Foucault's pendulum
Subject:
Idolatry.
Subject:
General Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
June 23, 1997
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
656
Dimensions:
8.03x5.20x1.23 in. 1.10 lbs.

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Product details 656 pages Ballantine Books - English 9780345418272 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."
"Review" by , "The narrative eventually becomes heavy with the accumulated weight of data and supposition....Until that point, however, this is an intriguing cerebral exercise in which Eco slyly suggests that intellectual arrogance can come to no good end."
"Review" by , "[A]n intellectual triumph."
"Synopsis" by , A superb cerebral entertainment about three editors who cook up a hoax — involving the Templar Knights, Stonehenge, the Cabala, and Brazilian voodoo, among other things — that suddenly becomes all too real.
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