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Postscript to the Name of the Rose Hardcover – November, 1984


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 84 pages
  • Publisher: Harcourt; 1st edition (November 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 015173156X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0151731565
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 4.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,194,916 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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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 12, 1997
Format: Hardcover
This slim book, of only 80 pages, takes you behind the scenes and into the mind of an author. It shows that a "real world" was created in "The name of the rose" with all of the history, geography and even weather in the proper place for the story to happen. The style is light and playful talking about how many steps are needed for some dialog to take place rather than explaining what each character's motivation is. It gives a glimpse of how much enjoyment must come from actually creating a novel
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 19, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Dare I say that I enjoyed this slim paperback more than I did the novel itself! Perhaps I am one of the unsophisticated readers the author alludes to at one point. A must for any student of the novel form. Thank you Professor Eco for a chance to peek into the pathways of your mind.Incidentally the edition I've read goes by the title "Reflections on The name of..." Also read "Six walks in the fictional woods."
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gene Rhea Tucker on January 8, 2014
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Like any good semiotician (read, basically, postmodernist), Umberto Eco tries to tell you something by not really telling you anything, as if being inscrutable were a virtue. At least with Eco, he will sometimes trot out what he's really thinking, and he is witty and entertaining. (Compare by reading Michel Foucault, where inscrutable is raised to a cult, or just a cruel joke.) There are some insights into the novel, and it is well worth the read, either separate, as here, or as a proper postscript in newer editions, usually paperback, of "The Name of the Rose."
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By Richard K on February 15, 2015
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