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Numero Zero

Category: Book
Translated By: Dixon, Richard
By (author): Eco, Umberto
Subject:  FICTION / In Translation / Italian
  FICTION / Literary
  FICTION / Satire
  FICTION / Thrillers / Political
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Published: May 2016
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 7.70in x 8.31in x 0.54in
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From The Publisher*#1 Italian bestseller Witty and wry . . . It's hard not to be charmed." - New York Times Book Review "One of the most influential thinkers of our time." - Los Angeles Times 1945, Lake Como. Mussolini and his mistress are captured and shot by local partisans. The precise circumstances of Il Duce's death remain controversial. 1992, Milan. Colonna, a depressed hack writer, is offered a fee he can't resist to ghostwrite a book. His subject: a fledgling newspaper, which happens to be financed by a powerful media magnate. As Colonna gets to know the team, he learns of the editor's paranoid theory that Mussolini's corpse was a body double and part of a wider Fascist plot. It's the scoop the newspaper desperately needs. The evidence? He's working on it. It's all there: media hoaxes, Mafiosi, the CIA, the Pentagon, blackmail, love, gossip, and murder. A clash of forces that have shaped Italy since World War II - from Mussolini to Berlusconi. "Farcical, serious, satiric, and tragic" ( Le Point, France), Numero Zero is the work of a master storyteller. UMBERTO ECO (1932-2016) was the author of numerous essay collections and seven novels, including The Name of the Rose, The Prague Cemetery, and Inventing the Enemy. He received Italy's highest literary award, the Premio Strega, was named a Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur by the French government, and was an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters "
From The Publisher*From the best-selling author of The Name of the Rose and The Prague Cemetery, a novel about the murky world of media politics, conspiracy, and murder
Review Quote*A December 2015 Indie Next Pick Witty and wry . . . slim in pages but plump in satire about modern Italy . . . it's hard not to be charmed by the zest of the author."-Tom Rachman, New York Times Book Review "Frequently imitated for his amalgamation of intellect, conspiracism, and historical suspense, the author of The Name of the Rose takes a more contemporary and satirical turn. In 1992, as Italy works to cleanse itself of corruption, a hack journalist is hired to ghostwrite a memoir about a never-to-be-published gossip rag in order to cover up the real rationale for its fakery. Eco's warped parable is rooted in a very specific time and place, but readers of Elena Ferrante or Rachel Kushner will likely catch the barbs in his clever absurdities."- Vulture, "7 Books You Need to Read This November" "Numero Zero [is] . . . a smart puzzle and a delight."- Kirkus Reviews , starred review "Eco combines his delight in suspense with astute political satire in this brainy, funny, neatly lacerating thriller . . . A satisfyingly scathing indictment brightened by resolute love."- Booklist "
Biographical NoteUMBERTO ECO (1932-2016) was the author of numerous essay collections and seven novels, including The Name of the Rose, The Prague Cemetery, and Inventing the Enemy. He received Italy's highest literary award, the Premio Strega, was named a Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur by the French government, and was an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. RICHARD DIXON lives and works in Italy. His translations include works by Umberto Eco, Roberto Calasso, and Giacomo Leopardi. His translation of The Prague Cemetery by Umberto Eco was short-listed for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize in 2012.