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Действие разворачивается почти целиком во Франции, но последствия этой интриги трагически поразят потом целый мир. В центре событий довольно скоро окажется Россия, где в 1905 году была впервые напечатана знаменитая литературная подделка "Протоколы сионских мудрецов". В романе документально рассказано, чьими усилиями эта подделка была создана. Главный герой очень гадок, а в...more
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Published 2011 by АСТ (first published January 1st 2010)
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Jeffrey Keeten
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.

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Michael May
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
Hub Masaq

Probably a lot of commentators on this book will have started off by sensibly stating this warning or something similar: Warning, this book is a take on the history of a document known as 'The Protocols of the Elders of Zion' The foundations of much modern anti-Semitism. You will be reading the memoires of a fictional character who, by his own free admission throughout the book, is trying to create fear and hysteria against various groups both political and ethnic for his clients needs.

The story...more
Gerald
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
Nate Q
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
Darwin8u
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 mid-1800s till Hitler's final solution just isn't easy to stomach (for me) after 400 pages. How am I goin...more
Leonard
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
Michael
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...more
Gianluca Scacco
Libro molto interessante. La storia del protagonista è, ovviamente, una scusa per descrivere i tanti moti in atto in quel periodo storico.
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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.
Chip
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
Juan-Pablo
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...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...more
Petra
Eco has done it again. He’s managed to take the conspiracy theme and turn it into one twisted, mysterious intriguing story. And he’s shown me how much I don’t know. I’d never heard of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion and this book is an interesting way of learning about it.
One reviewer recommends reading The Plot: The Secret Story of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, with a forward by Umberto Eco, before reading this book in order to bring context to The Prague Cemetery. I’m going to chec...more
Jason Pettus
(Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter.com]. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.)

A few years ago I got the chance to read Umberto Eco's The Name of the Rose for the first time, as part of the CCLaP 100 essay series on literary classics; and now, I'm a bit ashamed to admit, I've finally had a chance to read a second book of his, the recent The Prague Cemetery which has been getting an u...more
Adam
Erudite, playful, paranoid and obsessed with conspiracy, playful with and in love with literature, and also disturbing, Prague Cemetary is Eco at his best. Eco roots a character in the creation of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion and various other controversies of late 19th century Europe and gives insight into that notorious fraud, the bitter unification of Italy, the disaster of the Franco-Prussian War, the bloody rise and fall of the Paris Commune, Dreyfuss affair, and various mysterious d...more
Salma
Feb 08, 2014 Salma marked it as to-look-for  ·  review of another edition
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Tim Mayer
I’ve been a fan of Italian writer Umberto Eco every since reading his monumental Name of the Rose back in 1984. Few people can match him for working obscure historical data into complex novels like. Foucault’s Pendulum was a long work where a group of bored book editors attempted to create a unified filed theory of occult lore, only to find it coming true. Baulodino was another of his medieval novels which looked at the backstage to a major historical event. Prague Cemetery takes the reader into...more
Giuseppe
Erano anni che aspettavo questo libro. E precisamente dal 1992, anno in cui completai la lettura de Il Pendolo di Foucault. Infatti quel libro segnò per me l'inizio della storia d'amore letteraria tra il professor Eco ed il sottoscritto (le prime scaramucce amorose vi furono durante la lettura de Il nome della rosa). Storia che mi ha portato a leggere gra parte dei suoi scritti. E se nel caso dei saggi la nostra storia si è rinvigorita ed ha trovato nuova passione, non altrettanto posso dire sia...more
Psychophant
This is more of a history-literary essay than a real novel. The main character is a conduit for actual writings of the period, the culture of hate and misinformation that in the XIXth century prepared the terrain for the horrors of the XXth. As such, and I am sure it was the author's aim, it is eerily similar to what is happening with the media nowadays, with hate, misinformation and direct character assassination. Just like what the main character does, or used to do.

The main character is quit...more
Care
[B]The Prague Cemetery[/B] by Umberto Eco ✰✰✰

In general I am a huge fan of Umberto Eco, and as such I was eagerly awaiting the release of the English translation of [B]The Prague Cemetery[/B]. I am sad to say that all of those elements that I love about Eco’s writing-the intelligent plotting, the dense prose, the belief in his reader’s ability to follow where he leads-have been carried to excess with this one.

The story is narrated by three voices, two of which are one person with a split persona...more
Liam Guilar
When Umberto can keep Eco #1 the theoretician, semiotician, historian, lover of fakes forgeries and lists, under control and make him collaborate with Eco #2, the novelist, lover of books, devotee of Conan Doyle and Dumas, teller of stories, the results can be unique: Name of the Rose, Foucault's Pendulum. When Eco #1 bullies Eco #2 into the corner, the results are downright unreadable whatever their conceptual framework.

In The Prague Cemetery the uneasy alliance works better than it has done fo...more
Mary Soderstrom
Eco's Prague Cemetery is Deadly
This is the time of year when I make up the reading lists for the discussion groups I lead in several Montreal-area libraries. The groups' members suggest books, but I always have at least a full set of my own ideas. Usually they are books I've read, but sometimes I'm tempted by books that have a particularly interesting buzz. Given that my groups are in English and French, if a book is available in both languages, so much the better because I can prepare the same...more
Marks54
This was a tough book, but I liked it. It was also my first effort at reading Eco and I will likely try to reread this at some point.

The book is a historical novel about a political culture of hatred, racism, and paranoia that dominated parts of the European scene in the mid-19th century, especially after the revolutions of 1848 and the various revolutionary regimes, reaction, and political violence that followed it through the Italian revolution, the Franco-Prussian War, the assassination of th...more
Daniel
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Juanita Rice
Jun 15, 2012 Juanita Rice marked it as abandoned  ·  review of another edition
Sixty-six pages into this book I had to either give it up or vomit. I figured out from almost the beginning that the narrator, a repulsive misogynist/misanthropist and a counterfeiter/forger, will or would be the author of The Procols of the Elders of Zion and I guess that shows an intellectual seriousness of the author. But the pages are full up with the most loathesome anti-Semitism, and even if the book is to expose the crooked sick minds from which such sewage continues to run in the world (...more
Gulen
Tek kelime ile çok güzel bir kitaptı, arka plandaki pek çok ismi ve tarihi konu sindirildiğinde çıkan sonuçlar insanı sarsıyor. Dezenformasyonun bir milletin soykırımına yol açması, Dreyfus Olayı ve Zola’nın o olaydaki rolü (adama hayran olmamak mümkün değil, tüm kitaplarını okuyasım geldi şimdi), devletlerin ince ince ördüğü yalanlar ve bunun sonucunda ortaya çıkan Siyonist Bilgelerin Protokelleri…Defalarca gerçek diye yayınlanan, defalarca red edilen bu belgenin Hitler’in Yahudi katliamı için...more
Joe
Recommended pre reading for the "Prague Cemetery" is "The Protocol's of the Elders of Zion". It will give you a understanding of the intrigues that culminated in it publication and acceptance by the world of the "Age of Enlightenment" and the events that transpired in the 20th Century in Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland Russia, France and the remainder of Europe and parts of Asia, even the United States.

Umberto Eco, the Master of History and a great writer, introduces you to a world that is gett...more
José-contemplates-Saturn's Aurora
March 1897,piazza Maubert,near Paris,...by the Bièvre,an affluent of the La Seine river. Paris is not what it used to be, now with this pencil-sharpener called Eiffel Tower...so thinks sixty seven year old Simone Simonini. He wonders about his identity: "who am I"?.He defines himself by reference to others defects.He bashes rudely at other races and peoples. He repels grossly the Germans: their repugnant sweat smell, their language...their addiction to beer...no interesting art; even great compo...more
Emanuela
Sedersi a tavola in un ristorante a Parigi, provare a leggere il menu facendosi consigliare dal cameriere, ordinare un piatto di cui non si riesce ad immaginare il contenuto e che nel tuo profondo desidereresti solo che assomigliasse ad un panino col salame rende, quello della cucina francese, qualcosa di simile ad un linguaggio esoterico.

Quella è stata la prima prova alla quale Eco mi ha sottoposta per la continuazione della lettura del libro ed introdurmi con un certo garbo alla seconda, più d...more
Tempo de Ler
O Cemitério de Praga é uma obra de ficção, mas retrata uma verdade tão sórdida e vil que o livro estava, à partida, fadado a ser maravilhoso.

Neste livro, Umberto Eco dispôs-se a ficcionar, de forma bastante pretensiosa, a estranha e labiríntica origem dos «Protocolos dos Sábios de Sião», um documento engendrado em finais do século XIX, que relata um suposto encontro secreto entre líderes judeus que conspiravam dominar o mundo, quebrando para tal a moral e política do povo ateu.

Posto assim, pare...more
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Umberto Eco is 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 per...more
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