19th century Europe from Turin to Prague to Paris abounds with the ghastly and the mysterious Conspiracies rule history 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 mas 19th century Europe from Turin to Prague to Paris abounds with the ghastly and the mysterious Conspiracies rule history 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 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 its most infamous document Eco takes his readers here on an unforgettable journey through the underbelly of world shattering events This is Eco at his most exciting, a book immediately hailed as his masterpiece.
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In the 1980s I read The Name of the Rose and Foucault s Pendulum and came away from those books knowing that I had been exposed to a brilliant mind The complexity of the writing and the layers of plot turned many readers away, but I found it so refreshing to have a writer that demanded from his readers and importantly had faith in his readership These are books that need to be read many times and each time the reader will develop a better understanding of the writer s intentions This brings me [...]
A mystic is a hysteric who has met her confessor before her doctor Umberto Eco, The Prague CemeterySo, I dropped one star because first I was a little disappointed that none of the stars on were upside down pentagrams or hexagrams Also second , I left off one star because by about page 400, I was drained of all my anti Semitic antibodies The crazy fundamentalism, fractured insanity, and conspiracy rich shadows of anti Jewish attitudes in Europe during the 100 years from the mid 1800s till Hitler [...]
Umberto Eco s new novel The Prague Cemetery is a fictional account of the origins of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, a fake document first published at the turn of the 20th century which claims to reveal a Jewish plot to take over the world Even though the text was proven to be a forgery in the early 1920s, Adolf Hitler and the Nazis used The Protocols as justification for the Holocaust The Protocols continued to be published after World War II, and is thought to be the most the most widely [...]
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Eco makes abundant use of his prolific academic training to animate 19th Century history while applying delightful postmodern chicanery to blur fact and fiction as well as finesse the whole with a protagonist suffering an identity crisis which can only be resolved through recourse to the theory and application of one of the 20th Century s greatest freudsters.This is a return to the vivacity of language and ideas paraded in The Name of the Rose and Foucault s Pendulum while simultaneously demonst [...]
Eco We have a limit, a very discouraging, humiliating limit death That s why we like all the things that we assume have no limits and, therefore, no end It s a way of escaping thoughts about death We like lists because we don t want to die.Interview in Der Spiegel, November 11, 2009 Update thank you EcoUmberto Eco, 84, Best Selling Academic Who Navigated Two Worlds, DiesBy JONATHAN KANDELLFEB 19, 2016in nytimes 2016 02 20 artEco in an interview of 2011, said he had put in his Simone Simonini mou [...]
Il Cimitero di Praga The Prague cemetery, 1st American ed 2011, Umberto EcoThe Prague Cemetery Italian Il cimitero di Praga is the sixth novel by Italian author Umberto Eco It was first published in October 2010 the English translation by Richard Dixon appeared a year later Shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize in 2012, it has been described as Eco s best novel since The Name of the Rose The main character is Simone Simonini, a man whom Eco claims he has tried to make into the mo [...]
Plausible Witty Satirical Challenging Educational You should see my Google search history early in the book I realized I knew a few of the major players not well and none of the others at all so I Googled every name and place I came across and discovered that this is a well researched book No wasted words, no ornamentation, tight prose a well crafted story on many levels More accessible than earlier books, or maybe I m getting better at researching Read this book Take out your smartphone and put [...]
Don t consider it a spoiler that in the afterword, Eco claims that most of this book is true, or as true as can be surmised from a patchwork of historical and circumstantial evidence, and oral history His book is no less than an attempt to trace the origins of anti Semitism in Europe over the last two centuries His vehicle is a or less true, but nonetheless implausible, story behind the multiple versions of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion Eco s account is narrated by the one character he ad [...]
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Prahos kapin s , kaip ir i esm s visi kiti U Eco k riniai, yra neabejotinai priskirtina prie sunkesni sunkiau skaitom knyg jos strukt ra griozdi ka, perd tai detali, labai ilgai u trunka, kol veiksmas siva iuoja Ir net siva iavus gan ilg laik vistiek n ra ai ku, kas, kaip, kod l vyksta ir kokie t apra yt vyki santykiai su pagrindiniu persona u Simone Simonini Turint visa tai omenyje, nenuostabu, kad ir a pats i knyg prie por trejet met jau buvau band s skaityti, bet vardij s kaip lam t ir numet [...]
I like to try to pretend I m not a literature snob I like to try to pretend that all I care about in a book is a good story, that genres are meaningless, and that authors who are experimental or who go to great lengths to show off their vast intellects are, generally, trouble than they are worth I like peeling back the layers of hype and praise piled upon popular books and to get at the soft nougat of story at the centre and judge it based on the quality of that alone.Except all that pretending [...]
3.5 stars I have something akin to rock star admiration for Umberto Eco he is such an erudite, cultivated, European, aesthetically aware Renaissance man with an encyclopedic knowledge, a reverence for the good life, and the ability to combine high literature with popular mystery Not to mention in this novel sinister characters, opulent prose, abundant sarcasm, Paris, and an homage to Alexandre Dumas a delectable mix of ingredients in a novel.It is the latter half of the 19th century, and Europe [...]
I had a month to read this book for the Nairobi 1st Thurs book club To say I was disappointed is a gross understatement I don t even know where to begin The incessant ramblings, the disconnected continuation,This was the result of a word happy academic who had a little too much time on his hands Umberto should have been introduced to phrasing not the Archer kind The man has a grudge against short sentences I m all for a long winded explanation of a situation, but with this one The verbal diarrhe [...]
This is the Forrest Gump of the conspiracy theory historical fiction novel A master forger influenced European history and personally met and inspired the likes of Freud, Victor Hugo, Garibaldi, Napolean III, Dumas, and I m sure many others His importance had a lot to do with filling in the blanks on anti Semite material and conspiracies that influenced world wars and ultimately the holocaust Some very interesting bits of history, although a bit buried beneath a few layers of multiple personalit [...]
Libro molto interessante La storia del protagonista , ovviamente, una scusa per descrivere i tanti moti in atto in quel periodo storico.Completare la lettura di questo libro stato davvero difficile Come al solito rimango deluso dai libri di Eco Nome della Rosa a parte vedo sempre l autore intento a mostrarci le sue indubbiamente enormi conoscenze.
3.5 4 starsWhile not the masterpiece that was The Name of the Rose, or quite the tour de force that was Foucault s Pendulum, _The Prague Cemetery_ is both an excellent read and a worthy addition to the erudite canon of Umberto Eco s works I must admit to having been somewhat disillusioned with the books he produced immediately after the first two named, finding The Island of the Day Before interesting though not really compelling, and I could frankly not get past the first chapter of Baudolino d [...]
Every nation has its own secret service, perpetrating forgeries, plots, and massacres Simone Simonini is called upon to help create a political conspiracy by forging a document known as The Protocols of the Elders of Zion Simone is an adventurer, forger and secret agent working for a powerful secret organisation or is he working for himself Is he playing both sides against each other or will he end up being a scapegoat I love Umberto Eco every time I read a book by him, I get a mind crush how ca [...]
Simonini is a forger who helps the secret services of Piedmont, France, Prussia and Russia implicate the Carbonari, the Republicans, the Freemasons, the Jesuits, and the Jews and his allegiance is only to the paycheck He travels with Garibaldi as the general defeats the Kingdom of Two Sicilies and unifies Italy He helps the French and Prussian spy on each other before the Franco Prussian War He forges the document that implicated Dreyfus in the famous affair But his masterpiece is The Protocols [...]
Most readers of Umberto Eco s new book will have great precedents in his earlier works the mysterious Name of the Rose or the magic Baudolino Those are great sagas with all the complexity that characterize the author, but with an engaging and unified plot Unfortunately, The Prague Cemetery disappoints in all these fronts I was also disappointed by The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana The story follows a man Simonini that wakes up with amnesia in late 19th Century Paris In order to get his memorie [...]
Umberto Eco is a great scholar with a formidable intellect That might be the problem The Prague Cemetery bristles with erudition all of the characters except the narrator are fully historical and the novel presents a sweeping account of the antisemitic plots and conspiracies floating about during the latter part of the nineteenth century that eventually led to the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, a document with a horrific influence on subsequent history But however powerful and even important t [...]
The Prague Cemetery is a very erudite book in the sense that many historical facts are absolutely real and others no However, the author solve this apparent dichotomy by telling two stories in parallel, one of them as a flashback the plot, which is told by The Narrator and the story where real historical facts are coming up into the narrative itself No matter what, I am a big fan of Eco s books, including his non fiction ones All illustrations come from the iconography of the author s file provi [...]
Dideli simpatij Umberto Eco nepuosel jau Privalom mokyklos skaitym laikais su Ro s vardu vykusi pirmojo pa intis nebuvo itin s kminga Galb t iandienos skaitytoja manyje galvot visi kai kitaip, bet anuomet man skaityti t k rin buvo tikra kan ia ir Umberto Eco k rini ilg laik privengiau Bet mano knyg i kiai b tent ir yra tokiems atvejams, taigi antro anso kategorijoje sira iusi Prahos kapines kaip ir priver iau save perskaityti i knyg , nes iemet met pabaig labai nor josi suforsuoti su lengvais de [...]
Translated from the Italian by Richard DixonOpening quote Since these episodes are necessary, indeed forma central part of any historical account, we have included the execution of one hundred citizens hanged in the public square, two friars burned alive, and the appearance of a comet all descriptions which are worth a hundred tournaments and have the merit of diverting the reader s mind as much as possible from the principal action Carlo Tenca, La ca dei cani , 1840 Opening A passerby on that g [...]