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The Prague Cemetery

Category: Book
Translated By: Dixon, Richard
By (author): Eco, Umberto
Subject:  FICTION / Historical
  FICTION / In Translation / Italian
  FICTION / Literary
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Published: August 2012
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 464
Size: 7.86in x 5.41in x 1.08in
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From The Publisher*The #1 international bestseller, from Umberto Eco, author of The Name of the Rose 'Vintage Eco . . . the book is a triumph.' - New York Review of Books Nineteenth-century Europe-from Turin to Prague to Paris-abounds with the ghastly and the mysterious. 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. Conspiracies rule history. 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? '[Eco] demonstrates once again that his is a voice that compels our attention' - San Francisco Chronicle 'Choreographed by a truth that is itself so strange a novelist need hardly expand on it to produce a wondrous tale . . . Eco is to be applauded for bringing this stranger-than-fiction truth vividly to life.' - New York Times 'Classic Eco, with a difference.' - Los Angeles Times
From The Publisher*The Prague Cemetery is the latest international bestseller from Umberto Eco, author of The Name of the Rose. Nineteenth-century Europe abounds with political and religious conspiracies from Turin to Prague to Paris.  What if, behind it all, lay one lone man determining the fate of the Continent?
Review Quote*I find this book fascinating, perhaps the best Eco has written in years." - Huffington Post "A well-executed thriller . . . provocative and suspenseful." - USA Today "[Eco's] latest takes that longtime thriller darling, the conspiracy theory, and turns it into something grander… Sold to 40 countries and said to be controversial; a speed-read with smarts." - Library Journal , "My Picks" "A whirlwind tour of conspiracy and political intrigue… this dark tale is delightfully embellished with sophisticated and playful commentary on, among other things, Freud, metafiction, and the challenges of historiography." - Booklist "Intriguing, hilarious… .a tale by a master." - Publishers Weekly boxed review "He's got a humdinger in this new high-level whodunit… a perplexing, multilayered, attention-holding mystery." - Kirkus , starred "
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.