The Prague Cemetery by Umberto Eco

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14 Critic Reviews

...Eco's more highbrow pleasure lies in open-ended mystification...or him, the purpose of a story is to tell ingenious lies rather than to arrive at a drearily rational truth.
-Guardian

Synopsis

The #1 international bestseller, from Umberto Eco, author of The Name of the Rose

“Vintage Eco . . . the book is a triumph.” – New York Review of Books

Nineteenth-century Europe—from Turin to Prague to Paris—abounds with the ghastly and the mysterious. Jesuits plot against Freemasons. Italian republicans strangle priests with their own intestines. French criminals plan bombings by day and celebrate Black Masses at night. Every nation has its own secret service, perpetrating forgeries, plots, and massacres. Conspiracies rule history. From the unification of Italy to the Paris Commune to the Dreyfus Affair to The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, Europe is in tumult and everyone needs a scapegoat. But what if, behind all of these conspiracies, both real and imagined, lay one lone man?

“[Eco] demonstrates once again that his is a voice that compels our attention” – San Francisco Chronicle

“Choreographed by a truth that is itself so strange a novelist need hardly expand on it to produce a wondrous tale . . . Eco is to be applauded for bringing this stranger-than-fiction truth vividly to life.” – New York Times

“Classic Eco, with a difference.” – Los Angeles Times

This e-book includes a sample chapter of NAME OF THE ROSE.

 

 

About Umberto Eco

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UMBERTO ECO is a professor of semiotics at the University of Bologna and the best-selling author of numerous novels and essays. He lives in Italy.
 
Published November 8, 2011 by Mariner Books. 464 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction
Bestseller Status:
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Critic reviews for The Prague Cemetery
All: 14 | Positive: 6 | Negative: 8

NY Times

Excellent
on Nov 18 2011

...Eco is to be applauded for bringing this stranger-than-fiction truth vividly to life.

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Guardian

Below average
on Nov 27 2011

...Eco's more highbrow pleasure lies in open-ended mystification...or him, the purpose of a story is to tell ingenious lies rather than to arrive at a drearily rational truth.

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Guardian

Below average
on Nov 04 2011

...leaves a slightly unpleasant taste in the mouth.

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Publishers Weekly

Below average
on Aug 29 2011

While no one expects Dan Brown simplicity from Eco, his desire to impress—and demand so much of—his readers sometimes works against his best intentions.

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WSJ online

Good
on Nov 05 2011

he brief chapters are at first difficult to follow, but they soon coalesce into an emotionally inflected mosaic of Alexander's past.

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NY Journal of Books

Excellent
on Nov 08 2011

The Prague Cemetery is a masterpiece, a word too often bandied about for a long and long-awaited work, but in this case the word fits.

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LA Times

Excellent
on Dec 16 2011

Eco's mastery of the milieu is evident on every page of "The Prague Cemetery."

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The Telegraph

Good
on Jan 04 2012

The great trick Eco pulls off here is to combine the most chilling of ideas... with, elsewhere in the novel, an often funny lightness of touch.

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San Francisco Chronicle

Below average
on Dec 19 2011

...unfortunately, "The Prague Cemetery," for all its well-intentioned aims, leaves a nasty taste and very uneasy feeling...

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The Daily Beast

Good
on Nov 12 2011

...The Prague Cemetery presents a higher truth: the greater crime is to stand idly by as one is revived from its grave.

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Independent.ie

Below average
on Jan 01 2012

That sort of authorial trickiness infuriates some readers...

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Time Out New York

Below average
on Nov 23 2011

Of course, banality doesn't always make for the best fiction, and The Prague Cemetery is uneven at best.

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The Jewish Chronicle

Below average
on Dec 05 2011

This dense...book tells a dark and unpleasant story.

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The Algemeiner

Below average
on Nov 05 2012

...unless you begin reading Prague Cemetery at p. 439...you may not discover the centrality of this poisonous document

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