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Nineteenth-century Europe—from Turin to Palermo, to Prague, to Paris—abounds with the ghastly and the mysterious—The Jesuits who plot against the Freemasons, Freemasons, Carbonari and Mazzinians who strangle priests with their own intestines, a bow-legged arthritic Garibaldi, the Dreyfus affair, the makings of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, the notorious forgery, tha ...more
Hardcover, 496 pages
Published 2012 by Slovart (first published October 25th 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
Fahad
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
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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
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Mohamed Shady
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
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
ايمان



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
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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
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
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
Owlseyes
Eco in an interview of 2011,said he had "put in his [Simone Simonini] mouth a lot of abominous ideas [anti-Semitic,racism]...a repugnant character [Simone Simonini] ...not to be taken seriously".

"If not a comic, I am a grotesque writer"


Heavy historical novel.
Very European context.



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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
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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
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
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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
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Salma
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

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
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Ahmed

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
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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.
Eslammohammed
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 ف 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، تخيل!!!، 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 وبالجمي ...more
Stephen
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
Ahmad Badghaish
رواية جميلة أخرى من أمبيرتو إيكو .. عظيم جدًا، أنا معجب جدًا بهذا الإنسان وبكتاباته
Tieu uyen
Để nói về nhân vật chính Simonini chỉ có 1 từ: Ác. Còn chi tiết hơn thì đấy là gã nham hiểm và độc ác, thích chiến tranh, ghét hòa bình, yêu dối trá và đam mê lừa lọc, giết người và hám lợi, thích hưởng thụ, mê ăn ngon, chống Tam điểm, căm thù bọn dòng Tên, bận trenchcoat và hát bài “Jew me, sue me - Everybody do me - Kick me, kike me”
Không có gì hoàn hảo hơn để khắc họa bóng tối của chánh trị với một nhân vật chính xấu xa như thế.
Nhưng gì thì gì, mỗi lần đọc Eco lại cho tôi cảm giác, làm thế x
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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
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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
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Sonia
A veces me pregunto porqué sigo leyendo libros de Umberto Eco...
El cementerio de Praga se presentaba más accesible que El péndulo de Foucoult y sus secretos cabalísticos, no era un mal comienzo. Consiguió incluso intrigarme y atraparme. Empezaba con un personaje extraño que parecía desconocer su propia identidad; un hombre que odiaba a todos por su nacionalidad, su religión, su afiliación política...; un misterio interesante, pero poco a poco Umberto Eco vuelve a su ser y hace lo de siempre, no
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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
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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
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
Rowizyx
È il primo romanzo di Eco che riesco a continuare e finire, quindi ehi, urrà!

Bisognerebbe dire che chiamarlo romanzo è difficile, perché c'è da ricordare che più che un romanziere Eco è un intellettuale, un intellettuale furbo che ha deciso di mettere in forma di romanzo le sue ricerche e riflessioni perché raggiungano un pubblico molto più ampio di un saggio sicuramente valido e ben scritto, ma che rimarrebbe tra gli esperti del settore o poco oltre. Non c'è da sorprendersi perciò se i suoi rom
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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
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