From Umberto Eco, author of The Name of the Rose and Foucault’s Pendulum, comes The Prague Cemetery, the internationally bestselling novel that’s already hailed as a masterpiece.
19th century Europe is a place rife with intrigue. Jesuits plot against Freemasons. Italian republicans strangle priests with their own intestines. French criminals plan bombings by day and celebrate black masses at night. And dark conspiracies—like the cover-up in the Dreyfus Case and the forging of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion (the notorious text that later inspired Hitler)—abound. But what if all of this was masterminded by one lone man? Weaving real people and events into a tale of conspiracy on a grand scale, this is Eco at his most exciting.
Hardcover Book : pages
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin ( November 08, 2011 )
Item #: 13-484374
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.25 x 1.16inches
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Warning: Do not start this book on a 50-minute plane ride! Eco's new "masterpiece" is painted with the typical 19th century, 10-line sentence. Philosophy and psych majors will eat this baby up because the narrator is one, really-twisted hate criminal. I was somewhat disappointed that Eco's latest hasn't the 'whodunnit" flavor of The Name of the Rose, but I was fascinated by the lengths to which Simone Simonini's split personalities will go in their quest to spread the bigoted conspiracies that were quite "true" during the historical period of this novel. Not at all my idea of a "fun read", but, nonetheless, intriguing.
Reviewer: Kathleen G
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