The Prague Cemetery

By Umberto Eco; Richard Dixon (Translator)
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH), Hardcover, 9780547577531, 464pp.)

Publication Date: November 2011

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the November 2011 Indie Next List
“In Eco's latest work, we follow the exploits of a split-personality secret agent and forger who traipses around 19th-century Europe involving himself in many of the key events of the day. From Garibaldi's campaign for a united Italian Republic to the Paris Commune to the Dreyfus Affair, he plants bombs, attends black masses, and forges documents playing one conspiracy against another. As always, Eco spins this all into a riveting and engrossing tale.”
-- Conrad Silverberg, Boswell Book Company, Milwaukee, WI


Description

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? What if that evil genius created the world’s most infamous document?   Umberto Eco takes his readers on a remarkable journey through the underbelly of world-shattering events. Here is Eco at his most exciting, a book immediately hailed as a masterpiece.




About the Author
Umberto Eco is an Italian semiotician, philosopher, literary critic, and novelist. He is the author of "The Name of the Rose, Foucault's Pendulum", and "The Prague Cemetery", all bestsellers in many languages, as well as a number of influential scholarly works.

Rich Dixon has taught middle school math for more than thirty years. When he's not teaching, he can often be found riding his hand cycle, logging about two thousand miles each year. He wrote Relentless Grace to encourage and challenge others to live above their difficult circumstances and to give hopeand the God of hope another chance. He lives with his wife, Becky, and his service dog, Monte, in Fort Collins, Colorado.
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