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The nineteenth century teemed with mysterious and horrible events: the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, the notorious forgery that later inspired Hitler; the Dreyfus Case; and numerous intrigues involving the secret services of various nations, Masonic sects, Jesuit conspiracies, as well as other episodes that—were they not documented truths—would be difficult to believe.
The Prague Cemetery is a story in which all the characters except one—the main character—really existed. Even the hero’s grandfather, the author of a mysterious actual letter that triggered modern anti- Semitism, is historical.
And the hero himself, though fictional, is a personage who resembles many people we have all known, past and present. In the book, he serves as the author of diverse fabrications and plots against a backdrop of extraordinary coups de théâtre: sewers filled with corpses, ships that explode in the region of an erupting volcano, abbots stabbed to death, notaries with fake beards, hysterical female Satanists, the celebrants of black Masses, and so on.
I am expecting two kinds of readers. The first has no idea that all these things really happened, knows nothing about nineteenth-century literature, and might even have taken Dan Brown seriously. He or she should gain a certain sadistic satisfaction from what will seem a perverse invention—including the main character, whom I have tried to make the most cynical and disagreeable in all the history of literature.
The second, however, knows or senses that I am recounting things that really happened. The fact that history can be quite so devious may cause this reader’s brow to become lightly beaded with sweat. He will look anxiously behind him, switch on all the lights, and suspect that these things could happen again today. In fact, they may be happening in that very moment. And he will think, as I do: "They are among us…"--Umberto Eco
"[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, Pre-Pub Alert, "My Picks"
"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
"I find this book fascinating, perhaps the best Eco has written in years. Eco takes on conspiracy theories in the feverish political activism of nineteenth-century Europe--freemasonry, the Italian Risorgimento, the Paris Commune, and above all the forgery of the slanderous The Protocols of the Elders of Zion. What if there were a single mastermind behind all these conspiracies? It's already a bestseller in Italy, and I can't get enough of it!" ---- Huffington Post
the prague cemetery I bout this on audio cd as i am legally blind. i found it bigotted and the author is biased against all relligons and in fact it has very little to do regarding... Read morePublished 7 days ago by bnnykin
I slogged through it as far as I could get. I'm sure the author's writing was great - it's the second book by Eco that I have read. It was very difficult to read. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Mariana Kramer
A narrative of fiction, facts and gastronomy in a political and religious tumultuous Europe towards the end of 19th century. Eco's prose needs to be read undisturbed.Published 1 month ago by Dr. Adrian Fajardo
I've only read the "Rose" years ago. Prague is an unusual recording/novel of the underbelly of European history which gets into the details of anti-semitism , masonic hoo... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Rev. Stephen Goldstein
I enjoyed this book for most of it's more than 500 pages, but it got a bit wearisome after 400 pages. We got the point and it needed editing. Too repetitive at the end. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Chava Haber
I read it online a few years ago, wanted it as a hardcover too. Besides its huge value as "just" another Eco's writing (language, style), it is a very important historic... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Snarker