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O Cemitério de Praga

3.38  ·  Rating Details ·  16,420 Ratings  ·  1,863 Reviews
Durante o século XIX, entre Turim, Palermo e Paris, encontramos uma satanista histérica, um abade que morre duas vezes, alguns cadáveres num esgoto parisiense, um garibaldino que se chamava Ippolito Nievo, desaparecido no mar nas proximidades do Stromboli, o falso bordereau de Dreyfus para a embaixada alemã, a disseminação gradual daquela falsificação conhecida como Os Pro ...more
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Published March 30th 2011 by Gradiva Publicações (first published October 25th 2010)
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Michael Mann Eco has made hate -- anti-Semitism -- farcical, absurd, as indeed it should be understood. I laughed and laughed. The scene in the cemetery could only…moreEco has made hate -- anti-Semitism -- farcical, absurd, as indeed it should be understood. I laughed and laughed. The scene in the cemetery could only be taken seriously by demented minds as, unfortunately, it was.(less)

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Jeffrey Keeten
Nov 23, 2011 Jeffrey Keeten rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the 1980s I read The Name of the Rose and Foucault's Pendulum and came away from those books knowing that I had been exposed to a brilliant mind. The complexity of the writing and the layers of plot turned many readers away, but I found it so refreshing to have a writer that demanded more from his readers and more importantly had faith in his readership. These are books that need to be read many times and each time the reader will develop a better understanding of the writer's intentions.


Michael May
Nov 29, 2011 Michael May rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Umberto Eco's new novel The Prague Cemetery is a fictional account of the origins of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, a fake document first published at the turn of the 20th century which claims to reveal a Jewish plot to take over the world. Even though the text was proven to be a forgery in the early 1920s, Adolf Hitler and the Nazis used The Protocols as justification for the Holocaust. The Protocols continued to be published after World War II, and is thought to be "the most the most wid ...more
Jan 03, 2014 Darwin8u rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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“A mystic is a hysteric who has met her confessor before her doctor.”
― Umberto Eco, The Prague Cemetery


So, I dropped one star because (first) I was a little disappointed that none of the stars on Goodreads were upside-down pentagrams or hexagrams. Also (second), I left off one star because by about page 400, I was drained of all my anti-Semitic antibodies. The crazy fundamentalism, fractured insanity, and conspiracy rich shadows of anti-Jewish attitudes in Europe during the 100 years from the m
Apr 01, 2015 Ahmed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
هذه رابع رواية أقرأها لأُمبَرتو إيكو , وللحق فهي ليست بأفضلهم , فاسم الوردة وبندول فوكو يتفوقوا , ولكن مهلًا , لماذا نضع أصلًا مقارانات ؟ لنتركها جانبًا و نركز على الرواية .

إيكو مهووس بالجمعيات السرية و المعتقدات الطائفية المنبثقة من عقيدة متينة , كالماسونية والحشاشين وغيرها من تلك المعتقدات السرية التي اتسمت بالغموض الشديد , ولعل من حسن حظنا هوسه هذا , فمن خلاله قدّم لنا وثائق دامغة في هيئة روائية بديعة .

هذه الرواية تختلف عن باقي أعمال إيكو , فأحداثها حديثة نسبيًا (جرت في القرن ال19 ) ومن خلاله
Eslam Mohammed

عن أومبرتو ايكو، ماذا بوسعى أن أقول؟
هو الروائى اﻷخطبوط لاشك ف ذلك
هو أحد أعقد وأمتع من قرأت لهم ف مجال اﻷدب والكتابة اﻹبداعية
لاشك في ذلك أيضا
وهو رغم ذلك عصى على التصنيف وأعماله تتأبى على التلخيص والتبسيط

ملحمة تاريخية ينسج أجواءها وأحداثها أكاديمى راسخ
وباحث متميز، وسارد عملاق كايكو
القرن التاسع عشر بأكمله مسرحا لعمل روائى

مزج بين وقائع مثبتة، وشخصيات حقيقية
وشخصية واحدة جمعت مثالب ابن آدم ف إنسان إلا قليلا
سيمونينى المخادع..سيمونينى المزيف..سيمونينى من يعبث مع الجميع وبالجميع..
أجواء سوداوية
فهد الفهد
Feb 08, 2014 فهد الفهد rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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مقبرة براغ

ايكو من جديد، هذه هي الرواية الثانية التي اقرأها له بعد (اسم الوردة)، وقد تجاوزت (جزيرة اليوم السابق) و(بندول فوكو) و(باودولينو) المنتظرات على مكتبتي منذ أزمنة، ولكن عنوان هذه الرواية - مقبرة براغ - وأجواءها التي تدور في خضم حروب القرن التاسع عشر ومؤامراته جعلتني أعزلاً أمام الكتاب.

ايكو روائي عملاق، ليس موهوباً كيوسا وكاداريه، ولكنه مجتهد، مكافح، يكتب بعناية وباحترام للقارئ فلذا تتركك رواياته بذلك الشعور المرهق، بتلك الرغبة في أن تعيد القراءة من جديد، فقد فاتتك أشياء ولا ريب، وهناك ن
Araz Goran
هذه الرواية عبارة عن مأزق حقيقي !!
طويلة جداً، سرد فوضوي، عبثية زائدة، خلط بين الأزمنة والشخصيات المحورية في الرواية بشكل فظيع ومزعج .. رواية محيرة لدرجة الملل..
Mohamed Shady
Dec 30, 2014 Mohamed Shady rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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طب هوا انا منبهر .. منبهر بجد .. منبهر حقيقى .. منبهر يا سيدى
الرواية دى قتلت جوايا أى احترام لأى رواية تانية
إيكو بيه .. أقولك ايه واعيدلك ايه ؟ خلصت فيك كل الكلام يا ابنى والله

هاخد نفسى واحاول افوق من الصدمة واحاول اكتب اى حاجة
Eco:" We have a limit, a very discouraging, humiliating limit: death. That's why we like all the things that we assume have no limits and, therefore, no end. It's a way of escaping thoughts about death. We like lists because we don't want to die".

Interview in Der Spiegel, November 11, 2009

Update; thank you Eco...

Umberto Eco, 84, Best-Selling Academic Who Navigated Two Worlds, Dies

Eco in an interview of 2011, said he had
Scribble Orca
Eco makes abundant use of his prolific academic training to animate 19th Century history while applying delightful postmodern chicanery to blur fact and fiction as well as finesse the whole with a protagonist suffering an identity crisis which can only be resolved through recourse to the theory and application of one of the 20th Century's greatest freudsters.

This is a return to the vivacity of language and ideas paraded in The Name of the Rose and Foucault's Pendulum while simultaneously demonst
Dec 19, 2011 Gerald rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Don't consider it a spoiler that in the afterword, Eco claims that most of this book is true, or as true as can be surmised from a patchwork of historical and circumstantial evidence, and oral history. His book is no less than an attempt to trace the origins of anti-Semitism in Europe over the last two centuries. His vehicle is a more-or-less true, but nonetheless implausible, story behind the multiple versions of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion. Eco's account is narrated by the one characte ...more
Dec 27, 2011 Chip rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Plausible. Witty. Satirical. Challenging. Educational. You should see my Google search history - early in the book I realized I knew a few of the major players (not well) and none of the others at all - so I Googled every name and place I came across and discovered that this is a well-researched book! No wasted words, no ornamentation, tight prose - a well crafted story on many levels. More accessible than earlier books, or maybe I'm getting better at researching. Read this book. Take out your s ...more
Apr 20, 2015 ايمان rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

حين نقرأ لأمبرتكو إيكو فنحن على موعد مع الدهشة,الأمر غير مرتبط فقط بالموضوع بل باسلوبى السرد وكيفية السرد إختيار الشكل المناسب للرواة و تكثيف العلاقة بينهم إيكو جدد بشكل لافت طريقتههذه في إسم الوردة و جددها أيضا في مقبرة براغ و لا استبعد أن هذا التجديد سنجده مع باقي رواياته التيتنتظرني على الرف,في مقبرة براغ هناك لعبة ثلاثية أن لم أقل رباعية لو أشركنا الكاتب كفاعل في السرد فأول صفحة يظهر الفاعل الأول في السرد يلتقي بعدها بالفاعل الثاني و بعدها بالفاعل الثالث و كأن الأمر اشبه برباعية الجري في الأ
Jan 11, 2017 Efka rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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"Prahos kapinės", kaip ir iš esmės visi kiti U. Eco kūriniai, yra neabejotinai priskirtina prie sunkesnių (sunkiau skaitomų) knygų - jos struktūra griozdiška, perdėtai detali, labai ilgai užtrunka, kol veiksmas įsivažiuoja. Ir net įsivažiavus gan ilgą laiką vistiek nėra aišku, kas, kaip, kodėl vyksta ir kokie tų aprašytų įvykių santykiai su pagrindiniu personažu - Simone Simonini.

Turint visa tai omenyje, nenuostabu, kad ir aš pats šią knygą prieš porą trejetą metų jau buvau bandęs skaityti, bet
(3.5 stars) I have something akin to rock-star admiration for Umberto Eco: he is such an erudite, cultivated, European, aesthetically aware Renaissance man with an encyclopedic knowledge, a reverence for the good life, and the ability to combine high literature with popular mystery. Not to mention – in this novel - sinister characters, opulent prose, abundant sarcasm, Paris, and an homage to Alexandre Dumas – a delectable mix of ingredients in a novel.

It is the latter half of the 19th century, a
Nate Q
Oct 31, 2011 Nate Q rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is the Forrest Gump of the conspiracy-theory historical fiction novel. A master forger influenced European history and personally met and inspired the likes of Freud, Victor Hugo, Garibaldi, Napolean III, Dumas, and I'm sure many others. His importance had a lot to do with filling in the blanks on anti-Semite material and conspiracies that influenced world wars and ultimately the holocaust. Some very interesting bits of history, although a bit buried beneath a few layers of multiple-persona ...more
Ben Babcock
I like to try to pretend I’m not a literature snob. I like to try to pretend that all I care about in a book is a good story, that genres are meaningless, and that authors who are experimental or who go to great lengths to show off their vast intellects are, generally, more trouble than they are worth. I like peeling back the layers of hype and praise piled upon popular books and to get at the soft nougat of story at the centre and judge it based on the quality of that alone.

Except all that pret
Gianluca Scacco
Libro molto interessante. La storia del protagonista è, ovviamente, una scusa per descrivere i tanti moti in atto in quel periodo storico.
Completare la lettura di questo libro è stato davvero difficile. Come al solito rimango deluso dai libri di Eco (Nome della Rosa a parte): vedo sempre l'autore intento a mostrarci le sue (indubbiamente) enormi conoscenze.
Sep 21, 2016 Terry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 – 4 stars
While not the masterpiece that was The Name of the Rose, or quite the tour-de-force that was Foucault's Pendulum, _The Prague Cemetery_ is both an excellent read and a worthy addition to the erudite canon of Umberto Eco’s works. I must admit to having been somewhat disillusioned with the books he produced immediately after the first two named, finding The Island of the Day Before interesting though not really compelling, and I could frankly not get past the first chapter of Baudolin
Jan 26, 2013 Leonard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Simonini is a forger who helps the secret services of Piedmont, France, Prussia and Russia implicate the Carbonari, the Republicans, the Freemasons, the Jesuits, and the Jews and his allegiance is only to the paycheck. He travels with Garibaldi as the general defeats the Kingdom of Two Sicilies and unifies Italy. He helps the French and Prussian spy on each other before the Franco-Prussian War. He forges the document that implicated Dreyfus in the famous affair. But his masterpiece is The Protoc ...more
Mwanamali Mari
I had a month to read this book for the Nairobi 1st Thurs book club

To say I was disappointed is a gross understatement. I don't even know where to begin... The incessant ramblings, the disconnected continuation,


This was the result of a word happy academic who had a little too much time on his hands. Umberto should have been introduced to phrasing- not the Archer kind. The man has a grudge against short sentences. I'm all for a long winded explanation of a situation, but with this one;


The verba
Every nation has its own secret service, perpetrating forgeries, plots, and massacres. Simone Simonini is called upon to help create a political conspiracy by forging a document known as The Protocols of the Elders of Zion. Simone is an adventurer, forger and secret agent working for a powerful secret organisation or is he working for himself? Is he playing both sides against each other or will he end up being a scapegoat?

I love Umberto Eco; every time I read a book by him, I get a mind crush; h
Most readers of Umberto Eco's new book will have great precedents in his earlier works: the mysterious "Name of the Rose" or the magic "Baudolino". Those are great sagas with all the complexity that characterize the author, but with an engaging and unified plot. Unfortunately, "The Prague Cemetery" disappoints in all these fronts (I was also disappointed by "The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana").

The story follows a man (Simonini) that wakes up with amnesia in late 19th Century Paris. In order t
Stephen Durrant
Umberto Eco is a great scholar with a formidable intellect. That might be the problem. "The Prague Cemetery" bristles with erudition: all of the characters except the narrator are fully historical and the novel presents a sweeping account of the antisemitic plots and conspiracies floating about during the latter part of the nineteenth century that eventually led to the "Protocols of the Elders of Zion," a document with a horrific influence on subsequent history. But however powerful and even imp ...more
Jun 25, 2011 Laura rated it really liked it
The Prague Cemetery is a very erudite book in the sense that many historical facts are absolutely real and others no. However, the author solve this apparent dichotomy by telling two stories in parallel, one of them as a flashback: the plot, which is told by The Narrator and the story where real historical facts are coming up into the narrative itself. No matter what, I am a big fan of Eco’s books, including his non-fiction ones. All illustrations come from the iconography of the author's file.

Feb 08, 2014 Salma marked it as to-look-for  ·  review of another edition
صدرت الطبعة العربية حديثا بترجمة أحمد الصمعي، المترجم المتمكن، من دار الكتاب الجديد
النبذة بحد ذاتها مشوقة، فكيف بالرواية

Ahmad Badghaish
Nov 19, 2014 Ahmad Badghaish rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
رواية جميلة أخرى من أمبيرتو إيكو .. عظيم جدًا، أنا معجب جدًا بهذا الإنسان وبكتاباته
Aug 31, 2015 Mohammad rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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لبهای گوشتالو،چشمهای خیس گود رفته،پلکهای تقریبا بسته،موی تابدار یا فرفری،گوشهای بیرون زده،بینی قوزدار و هیبت لاشخور.
اینها تصاویری هستند که سیمونه سیمونینی قهرمان داستان بر اساس قصههای پدربزرگِ ضد یهودش از یک یهودی دارد.این تصور که یهودیها طرحی بزرگ برای تسخیر جهان و نابودی مسیحیت دارند باعث به وجود آمدن تنفر در سیمونینی شده است

اوایل داستان سیمونینی کشف می کند که وقتی خواب است به کشیشی به نام دالا پیکولا تبدیل میشود که کشیش میتواند خاطراتی رو به یاد بیاورد که سیمونینی فراموش کرده است.و با یادآوری
Dec 16, 2016 Radwa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
رواية عجيبة وغريبة أشبه برحلة عبر أزمنة وعوالم مختلفة.

بطل الرواية (سيموني سيمونيني) المزور هو الشخصية الوحيدة المختلقة في هذه الرواية ومن خلاله نرى أحداث وشخصيات حقيقية في تاريخ أورويا، بل أننا نرى بذرة كتاب "بوروتوكولات حكماء صهيون" الشهر. الرواية بتعرض في شكل يوميات بيحاول من خلالها سيموني تذكر بعض التفاصيل اللي اختفت من ذاكرته عن حياته وبنرى تداخلها مع يوميات القس دلا بيكولا وايه دوره في الحبكة.

دي تاني قراءة لي لإمبرتو إيكو بعد "جزيرة اليوم السابق" اللي استمتعت بيها أكتر من الرواية دي، اللي
Translated from the Italian by Richard Dixon

Opening quote:

Since these episodes are necessary, indeed form
a central part of any historical account, we have
included the execution of one hundred citizens
hanged in the public square, two friars burned
alive, and the appearance of a comet - all
descriptions which are worth a hundred tournaments
and have the merit of diverting the reader's
mind as much as possible from the principal action.
(Carlo Tenca, 'La cadei cani', 1840)

Opening: A passerby on
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Umberto Eco was an Italian writer of fiction, essays, academic texts, and children's books, and certainly one of the finest authors of the twentieth century. A professor of semiotics at the University of Bologna, Eco’s brilliant fiction is known for its playful use of language and symbols, its astonishing array of allusions and references, and clever use of puzzles and narrative inventions. His pe ...more
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