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Il Nome Della Rosa (Italian) Hardcover – Import, 1980

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 503 pages
  • Publisher: Romanzo Bompiani; Prima Edizione edition (1980)
  • Language: Italian
  • ASIN: B0000ECILQ
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,082,356 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Umberto Eco (born 5 January 1932) is an Italian novelist, medievalist, semiotician, philosopher, and literary critic.

He is the author of several bestselling novels, The Name of The Rose, Foucault's Pendulum, The Island of The Day Before, and Baudolino. His collections of essays include Five Moral Pieces, Kant and the Platypus, Serendipities, Travels In Hyperreality, and How To Travel With a Salmon and Other Essays.

He has also written academic texts and children's books.


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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 20, 2000
Format: Paperback
This isn't a critical review, but just a note to remind everyone that this edition is indeed in the original Italian (rare to find on Amazon.com), and includes a post-script appendix not included in the original releases.
P.S., just this once, don't rent the movie. Treat yourself and see how much more you get out of it.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By "phryne" on October 12, 2000
Format: Paperback
I am amazed that this novel - the most popular, the best-loved, the most imitated in Italy during the latest 20 years- is so little known abroad.
It is a very good historical novel, full of intense and fascinating characters, which can reliably belong to European Middle Age. Eco' s culture is immense: he can easily quote from Latin, ancient French or other languages. But the big mystery in this book is an ancient Greek manuscript, the book _On Comedy_ fom Aristotle's _Poetics_. It is very hard to believe that such a manuscript really existed, and, as a matter of fact, at the end of the novel it gets destroyed. A terrible loss for the main character, Guglielmo di Baskerville, but a dreadful victory for superstition and ignorance.
Tje plot is very intriguing (it is a detective story). Some friars are murdered, and nobody can understand the reason...nobody excepting Guglielmo. Who is nothing but Sherlock Holmes, while his young assistant, Adso, is nothing but Watson...

But the reference to Conan Doyle is not the real purpose of this splendid book, where you find such an enchanting gothic atmosphere as very rarely you can do. The real matter is the rescue of European culture, which nowadays seems to be overwhelmed by the so called 'globalization'.
I suggest this reading to everyone, American, Asian or African people.
The movie is not so bad...Jean-Jacques Annaud understood very well Eco's lesson. But the book is something very, very special.
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This was an excellent autographed copy of the second Italian edition of what is probably one of the most important novels of the 20th Century. Il nome Della Rosa (The Name of the Rose) was Eco's first incursion in the narrative genre. This novel,a detective murder story set in medieval times,serves as display for the author's encyclopedic culture, sense of irony and of his understanding of the labyrinthine interactions between language and thought. It also provides for quite a few hours of fascinatingly entertaining reading. The extraordinary success of Il Nome Della Rosa opened the floodgates for what were to become countless poor imitations; Historical novels with monks, religions and mistery as the subject matter but which fail to reach the intellectual level of Eco's masterpiece:Pseudo-historical novels which have become best sellers by picking on the sensational, dispensing with depth and aiming at the intellectual laziness of those who are satisfied with bad history with lack of substance. The many fans of these latter popular novels would do well to make the effort of reading the Name of the Rose and compare it to their favorite mistery code piece.
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After reading translations into French, Portuguese and English, years ago, I decided to try the Italian and it turned out to be easier than I expected. The detective story starring Sherlock (Baskerville) and Watson (Adso) moves along at a good pace, the underlying political, philosophical and religious strife is also developed alongside the top plot.
I remember having seen the film, which billed itself as a palimpsest of the book, with only the top layer on the screen. The book truly has many other levels.
Great read!
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