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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, "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
There are very few books that I do not read to the end, this was one of them.
What Eco has produced is a novel that exploits conspiracy theories and acts of outright terrorism that are still prevalent fears today.
The problem is that while the historical facts and personages are bizarre and interesting, the main character, the linchpin, is not.
If you need to be convinced that criminal psychopaths exist or that anti semitism is a fictititious paranoid creation, then this book my be for you. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Fred Ehrlich
I found this to be a most convoluted story. Eco is always an involved and long read but as well researched and involved as this was, I found I was wading through the read.Published 26 days ago by Carole A Grey
WTF? My brain was exploding. I could not read past the first 50 pages.Published 1 month ago by K. Glaes
....wonderful reading! So much historical information but also intrigue and fascinating characters, as always with Eco's books, I am looking forward to reading more of his works! Read morePublished 1 month ago by paulaspen
But still worth the read. Whereas Name of the Rose was narrated by a 3rd person (Adso, as diarist), PC is presented through the mind(s) of the protagonist. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Arthur A. Simon, Jr.