Misreadings by Umberto Eco

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Satirical essays in which Eco pokes fun at the oversophisticated, the overacademic, and the overintellectual and makes penetrating comments about our modern mass culture and the elitist avant-garde. “A scintillating collection of writings” (Los Angeles Times). Translated by William Weaver. A Helen and Kurt Wolff Book

About Umberto Eco

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UMBERTO ECO is the author of five novels and numerous essay collections, 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 Légion d'Honneur by the French government, and is an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Published January 1, 1993 by Jonathan Cape. 180 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Education & Reference. Fiction

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Publishers Weekly

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These 15 essays by semiotician and novelist Eco ( The Name of the Rose ) originally appeared in the 1960s and early 1970s in an Italian literary magazine;

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Los Angeles Times

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Umberto Eco has been a well-known literary figure since "The Name of the Rose" hit the U.S. bestseller lists in 1983, but in certain circles he had been prominent since the mid-1970s, when he published "A Theory of Semiotics."

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The Independent

The joke could go various ways, but as Eco points out in his introduction to this edition, it has now come true: 'Today I recognise that many exercises in 'deconstructive reading' read as if inspired by my parody.

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The Independent

One is a touching and serious letter to Eco's new-born son, in which he promises to give the child as presents guns, cutlasses and damascened pistols and to play war games with him in which they will side with the Gauls against Caesar, with Sitting Bull against Custer and with Robespierre against...

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