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3.67 of 5 stars 3.67  ·  rating details  ·  12,986 ratings  ·  605 reviews
In quella zona del basso Piemonte dove, anni dopo, sorgerà Alessandria, Baudolino, un piccolo contadino fantasioso e bugiardo, conquista Federico Barbarossa e ne diventa figlio adottivo. Baudolino affabula e inventa ma,quasi per miracolo, tutto quello che immagina, produce Storia. Così, tra le altre cose, costruisce la mitica lettera del Prete Gianni, che prometteva all'Oc ...more
Hardcover, Letteraria, 526 pages
Published December 1st 2000 by Bompiani (first published 2000)
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"in a great history little truths can be altered so that the greater truth emerges."

What would an Umberto Eco novel be without a pile of theological debate, historical references bordering on the obscure, and convoluted story-telling that makes your head spin? What would an Eco novel be without causing you to ask yourself "what the heck was that?" after you finish reading it? Or heaps of tongue-in-cheek phrases that make you wonder if he's being serious or mocking?

...the answer is, not much of
This is a novel that I love to return to.

Baudolino, a self declared liar tells the story of his life to a Byzantine court official and historian who he has rescued from the sack of Constantinople during the fourth crusade.

Baudolino's story takes in the life and career of his imperial majesty the Emperor Frederick Barbarossa, study at the university of Paris, the third crusade up to the death of the emperor, the acquisition of the mummified bodies of the three kings for Cologne Cathedral, the dis
Baudolino is a difficult book to summarise, because the more you read, the more you realise that the plot is merely incidental and the book is really about something else entirely. In fact, if you were to read this book for the plot you would be very confused very quickly. The story is a first person account by the eponymous Baudolino of his life, as told to Niketas whom he rescues from the sack of Constantinople. It chronicles his adventures from 1155 when he was adopted in all but name by Empe ...more

هذا آخر عمل لإيكو مترجم عندي ، وكالعادة الإرهاق والتعمق في التفاصيل والحرص عليها سمة أساسية في كتابات إيكو ، ذلك الإرهاق الذي يتطلب منك تركيز مكثف لكي لا تضيع منك تفصيل ما أو معلومة ما ، فيحدث خلل في بناء القراءة الممتعة الذي تبنيه.

المهم : نحن أمام عمل لإيكو يحمل إسم شخصيته الرئيسة (باودلينو) ، ذلك لذي تجمعت فيه كل الصفات ، ولكن الصفة الأكيد التي يستحقها هو أنه كذّاب ، ولكنه كذاب ذلك الكذب الذي يجبرك على تصديقه ، ولذلك صدقه كل من سمعه رغم اعترافهم بكذبه المحترف.

باودلينو ذلك الشخص الذي كانت أكبر
Hansen Wendlandt
Umberto Eco’s novels are the Harvard doctorate to Dan Brown’s middle school nonsense. Whereas Brown fascinates the masses with half-truth historical art and religion, Eco is a stunning scholar, simply overwhelming the sophisticated reader, pleasurably, with ancient languages (“Ave, evcharisto, salam” (376)) and (sometimes arcane) belief systems. His characters may not be as deep or personable as less ambitious novels (“I decided that if this was my fate, it was useless for me to try to become li ...more
Ben Babcock
So many stories are themselves about stories and storytelling. There is something about this basic act of creation and communication that captivates the human mind and spirit. Storytelling necessarily blurs the line between truth and falsehood; there is no way to relate any story, even history, with perfect truth, for we are all fallible and subjective beings. And history—that patchwork quilt of stories that make the grandest narrative of them all—is probably more lies than truth. We are blessed ...more
Jul 14, 2008 Roy rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Umberto Eco fans
There were three reasons why I read this book. One, Eco, I'd heard so much talk about his work (fiction and non-). Two, the setting, the Middle Ages, a historical period that is a bit of a gap for me. Three, an unreliable narrator, Usual Suspects is one of my favorite movies for this reason. Fictional stories are all lies, but in that world, you expect truth, but when you find out the fiction you are experiencing is also a fiction, well that is just delicious.

I enjoyed Baudolino's world where l
Riku Sayuj
Aug 12, 2012 Riku Sayuj marked it as on-a-break  ·  review of another edition
resuming after a long break...
çağımızın en iyi romancılarından birisi kabul edilen umberto eco’nun bu şahane romanı, bir sahtekarın hikayesi: baudolino.

italya’nın kuzeyinde doğan, ve söylediği yalanlarla yarattığı dünyanın içinde tamamen kaybolan baudolino ile birlikte haçlı seferinden alamut’a, akhunlardan kuzey avrupa’ya o dönemin tüm dünyasını geziyoruz adeta.

baudolino, fakir bir köyde fakir bir ailenin çocuğu olarak büyür. ailesi o kadar sefil durumdadir ki, çocuklarını kolayca satarlar. bundan sonra imparator barbarossa
Io me lo sentivo che Eco ed io c'azzeccavamo poco l'uno con l'altra.
Lo guardavo sempre con un misto di riluttanza e allo stesso tempo curiosità. Sarà perché da piccola aprii per caso L'isola del giorno prima e richiusi il libro dopo aver letto le prime pagine, sentendomi abbastanza allucinata e confusa. A quei tempi per me era semplicemente ridondante e quasi geroglifico (per una che era abituata a Geronimo Stilton..).
Di fatto da quel momento in poi si stampò in me l'associazione di Eco come una
Baudolino once again shows Eco’s amazing ability to turn what may be a boring pseudo-historical narrative into something hilarious, occasionally cheeky, and always insightful.

If Baudolino is to be believed, he was single-handedly responsible for the canonization of Charlemagne, was responsible for the propagation of the myth of Prester John, and indirectly fueled Frederick’s ill-fated Third Crusade. The story that Umberto Eco created fits so perfectly behind history as we know it that it’s somet
I'm a total sucker for medieval stories, which made up for the fact that I know sweet eff-all about the various finer points of Christian theology that so much of the book revolves around. I suspect the novel might be rather boring if you're into neither knights nor Jesus.

Predictably, the language is complex and interesting (a testament to the translator as well), and carries the novel through some of the slow passages. There's also a convenient point at which the story breaks pretty cleanly fro
Dan Porter
"Sometimes, when what we've sought is almost within our grasp, we make our faith a lie so that we don't have to give up our quest by achieving its goal."

When I finished Thomas Pynchon's V. last month, the sentence above was my entire review of it because I felt that was the most important thing I took away from that reading of the book. As I read V. I sensed it possessed a similarity of "aura" with Umberto Eco's Foucault's Pendulum. Toward the end of Baudolino I received V.'s message again from
Ooooo Mr Eco, always trying to be smart and complex; always showing off your encyclopedian knowledge of history and philisophy. I liked you well enough in 'The Name of the Rose', but I couldn't stand you in 'Baudolino'.

Never has an author made me feel so stupid, unknowledgeable and insignificant. As if someone who doesn't know everything you know, isn't worthy of walking the planet and reading your books. As if you know everything you wrote about by heart! You probably had to look it up too, so
Philippe Malzieu
Baudolino is a liar. His life is a picaresque and often amusing novel where History mixes with history. What's more funny for me, it is the relics traffic. At the middle-âge, it was a very profitable buisness. There is a joke : it was said that, with all authentics pieces of the Jesus's cross carefully collected in the churches, we could build an arch for Noé.
Style is beautiful, it is magnificiently written. It is felt that Eco take pleasure to write it, Eco let him go. Then, truth or lie? No i
اشعر بأني قضيت دهراً وأنا اقرا هذه الروايه !
ليس لأنها اقل متعه وليس انها ممله
بل لأن هناك شيء عميق ومدهش وملحمي يقبع وسط 600 صفحه
شخصية باودلينو الغريبه ورحلة البحث الطويله التي
استغرقت عمراً كاملاً
ليس لدي الكثير لأكتبه عنها
لأنها تحتاج من قارئها ان يكتشفها هو بنفسه

I was so disappointed in this book and I call it bor-delino.
Con “Baudolino” Eco torna al romanzo – September 11, 2000 La Repubblica. Laura Lilli interviews Eco about his forthcoming novel. (Italian)

Laura Lilli: Who is Baudolino?

Umberto Eco: He is a boy who lives in the countryside near Marengo, which is more or less where the city of Allessandria was born in 1168 under the appropriate patronage of Saint Baudolino. Baudolino is a little rascal, similar to the scoundrels that exist in many indigenous mythologies: in Germany they call him Schelm, in England
Sara Sbaraglia
Se mi basassi sul semplice confronto con "Il nome della rosa", "Baudolino" meriterebbe meno di 5 stelle. Ma non posso sorvolare sul fatto che mi sia piaciuto molto, che ho trovato alcuni passaggi veramente geniali, e che ho apprezzato il fatto che, dall'alto della mia suprema ignoranza confrontata con la cultura di Eco, le diatribe filosofiche medievali sono qui rappresentate con un linguaggio che è più nelle mie capacità di comprensione di comune mortale. Sì che io di fondamenti di filosofia e ...more
In "The Name of the Rose", Umberto Eco managed the extraordinary feet of balancing his philosophical preoccupations against the needs of story-telling. "Baudolino" is even more ambitious--taking on the nature of story-telling itself--but achieves less. The forum for Eco's musings is an invented character, Baudolino, who travels Zelig-like between the real events around the end of the 12th and beginning of the 13th: a couple of Crusades, the fall of Constantinople, the wars of Frederick Barbaross ...more
C.E. Crowder
Baudolino is in his sixties when he saves a minister of Constantinople during its sacking by the Fourth Crusade. This provides opportunity for him to recount his life story, one that begins as a historical fiction centered in the Holy Roman Emperor in the company of Barbarossa, but lends itself to fantasy once he engages upon a journey that leads him into an unlikely version of the middle east and India.

I liked The Name of the Rose and Foucault's Pendulum, but this novel was easily the most fun
Nancy Oakes
excellent story by probably my favorite author in the world, Umberto Eco. I've seen this book really panned because it didn't "measure up to" Name of the Rose, but don't let that deter you. The two books are apples and oranges and shouldn't be compared together.

As the story opens, Constantinople is being sacked in 1204 and the hero of this novel, Baudolino, is telling his dear friend Niketas Choniates, who, as it turns out, is the most famous chronicler of these events. As Baudolino begins his t
In Baudolino, Eco has created a mediaeval Everyman, an archetypal Western European moving out of the Dark Ages and into the High Middle Ages, when the chaos of the preceding centuries has given way to the order and unifying presence of the Pope and the Catholic Church and established Christian kings. Baudolino, a native of a northern Italian town born in the mid-1100s and gifted at learning new languages, finds himself adopted and educated by the Holy Roman Emperor, Frederick II. He spends the n ...more
Gloriously unreliable from start to end, the lies and deceit of the narrator and protagonist, Baudolino, become an art form.

Lying, and the inherent falsehood of storytelling, is shown as both a wonderful and a terrifyingly destructive force. Eco skilfully reveals both sides of the human capacity for self-construction. Baudolino and his friends are simultaneously lazy no-hopers who scrounge their existences from those who fall for their lies, and heroes of a great search for a land of truth and b
Prachtig boek! De laatste hoofdstukken afdoen als pure fictie is eigenlijk niet juist, want creaturen als antipoden enzo leefden echt in de leefwereld van (bepaalde) middeleeuwers (jammer dat je hier geen afbeeldingen kunt posten, want daarvan bestaan prachtige miniaturen). Eco schetst op die manier een onderhoudend beeld van de middeleeuwse samenleving, hoewel de historische feiten niet altijd correct zijn. Tevens neemt hij het objectieve van de historiografie op de korrel, en doet hij de lezer ...more
Czarny Pies
Nov 13, 2014 Czarny Pies rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Les fans acquis d'Eco.
Umberto Eco est pour moi un plaisir coupable. Je ne peux pas resister les charmes de sa fausse érudtion. Quand j'ai beson de se detendre et de rire je tourne vers cet auteur qui est un des meilleurs sinon le meilleur humoriste de sa generation.

Chez Baudolino, le lecteur trouve tous les plaisirs auxquels il s'attend. Baudolino n'arrive pas tout a fait aux hauteurs du nom de la Rose. Mais peu importe. Il plait enormement quand meme.
Roxana-Mălina Chirilă
I am a geek, giving a geek's rating. If you lack patience for essays on medievalism, you'll probably prefer to throw this book against the wall.

It's incredibly rich in detail, with a lovely narrator who loves to lie - or at least, to make stories much better than they really are by adding things to them that aren't true, but ought to be. Luckily, all of Baudolino's lies are actually truths: Umberto Eco took his job of documenting the medieval spirit absolutely seriously. All creatures, places a
Zaphirenia Theodoraki
Eco's sophisticated mingling of historical facts with medieval philosophy and theology as well as with a fictional hero, who is really an anti-hero, makes you really "dive" into the Middle Ages. The first thing we learn about Baudolino is that he is a liar. He warns us that we must not believe him. And yet, he narrates a story so charming, so exciting and so obviously untrue that leaves you with no other choice than believing anything he says.

There is not a single Umberto Eco novel that I haven
Jim Leffert
This is a long, sprawling, wearying at times but ultimately satisfying and touching medieval (late 12th century) tale. It encompasses many stories: First, Baudolino, of humble peasant stock but blessed with a gift of languages, encounters the Holy Roman Emperor Frederick Barbarossa and becomes his adopted son. Second, Baudolino gets an education and serves as advisor to this intelligent but also ruthless monarch, as Frederick conducts diplomacy and cruelly wages war on upstart towns in Germany a ...more
Sam Dupont
Il n’est plus nécessaire de présenter Umberto Eco, cet académique qui s’est imposé comme un auteur majeur de roman historique avec un seul roman à son actif, le brillant « Le nom de la rose » dont l’adaptation cinématographique en a fait fantasmer plus d’un (enfin, au moins un). Vingt-cinq ans après la sortie de ce premier roman remarquable et remarqué, il n’a à son actif que 5 romans dont le dernier n’est sortit qu’en 2004, « La mystérieuse flamme de la reine Loana », qui nous plonge dans un ma ...more
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“There, Master Niketas,’ Baudolino said, ‘when I was not prey to the temptations of this world, I devoted my nights to imagining other worlds. A bit with the help of wine, and a bit with that of the green honey. There is nothing better than imagining other worlds,’ he said, ‘to forget the painful one we live in. At least so I thought then. I hadn’t yet realized that, imagining other worlds, you end up changing this one.” 17 likes
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