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Baudolino

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It is April 1204, and Constantinople, the splendid capital of the Byzantine Empire, is being sacked and burned by the knights of the Fourth Crusade. Amid the carnage and confusion, one Baudolino saves a historian and high court official from certain death at the hands of the crusading warriors and proceeds to tell his own fantastical story.
Born a simple peasant in norther
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ebook, 528 pages
Published October 6th 2003 by Mariner Books (first published 2000)
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Jan-Maat
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
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Kyle
Mar 16, 2013 Kyle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"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What would an Umberto Eco novel be without a pile of theological debate, historical references bordering on the obscure, and convoluted story-telling that makes your head spin?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
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Katie
Dec 20, 2010 Katie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Ahmed
Mar 25, 2016 Ahmed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
Hossein
تا صفحه ي فكر ميكنيد كتاب يك رمان خيلي عادي است.
تا اينجا با شخصيت بائودولينو آشنا مي شويد.
از تا شالوده ي اصلي داستان شكل مي گيرد و كم كم به بائودولينو علاقمند مي شويد.
اما از صفحه ي كه گذر كنيد متوجه مي شويد با رماني سطحي و پيش پا افتاده طرف نيستيد و اين وضعيت تا آخرين صفحه ي كتاب پابرجا مي ماند.
كتابي در مورد دروغ،جعل تاريخ،وفاداري،جنگ و عشق.
از همه بيش تر بحث جعل اسناد و دروغ در اين كتاب مطرح است كه نشان از علاقه ي شخصي امبرتو اكو در مورد اين مسائل دارد.
در كتاب"از كتاب رهايي نداريم" به اين مس
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Vit Babenco
Apr 04, 2016 Vit Babenco rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Now, one of our brothers, Eldad of the tribe of Dan, more than a hundred years ago, arrived at Qayrawan, in Africa, where a community of the Chosen People exists, saying that he came from the kingdom of the ten lost tribes, a land blessed by heaven, where life is peaceful, never troubled by any crime, where truly the streams flow with milk and honey. This land has remained separated from every other country because it is defended by the river Sambatyon, which is as wide as the shot of the might ...more
Somayeh
Dec 07, 2015 Somayeh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
در سال هزار و دویست و چهار میلادی، بائودولینو داستان زندگی اش را برای استاد نیکتاس روایت میکند تا او بنویسد و به آیندگان تحویل دهد. کتاب از دو بخش تشکیل شده، بخش اول که بیشتر شرح فتوحات و کشورگشائیهای شاه فردریک، پدرخوانده ی بائودولینو، است و بخش دوم که شرح سفربائودولینو و دوستانش به شرق افسانه ای جهت تحویل فیالجه یا همان جام مقدس شام آخر به کشیش یوحناست. بخش اول تلفیقی از وقایع تاریخی و البته داستانسرائی اکو است و بخش دوم در فضایی فانتزی میگذرد با موجودات غریبی که در سرزمین کشیش زندگی میکنند چو ...more
Roy
Jul 14, 2008 Roy rated it it was ok  ·  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
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Judith
Feb 27, 2012 Judith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literary
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
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Riku Sayuj
Aug 12, 2012 Riku Sayuj marked it as on-a-break  ·  review of another edition
resuming after a long break...
Zaphirenia
Oct 12, 2015 Zaphirenia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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M.
Dec 25, 2014 M. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Baudolino, Umberto Eco
بائودلینو، بسیار خواندنی ست، اما هنوز هم باور ندارم با یکبار خوانش بتوانم درک کنم
اومبرتو اکو، استاد نشانه شناسی در دانشگاه بولونیا، و نویسندهء رمانهای پرخواننده، و صاحب مقالات بسیاری ست. ایشان زادهء آلساندریا در ایتالیا هستند و هم اکنون در میلان زندگی میکنند. از رمانهای نام آشنای ایشان میتوان به «نام گل سرخ و آونگ فوکو» اشاره کرد. ا. شربیانی
Anastasia
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
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MkB
Jan 23, 2008 MkB rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
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Nick
Aug 09, 2012 Nick rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Hanne
Oct 12, 2013 Hanne rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
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NoraH
Nov 19, 2009 NoraH rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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شخصية باودلينو الغريبه ورحلة البحث الطويله التي
استغرقت عمراً كاملاً
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ليس لدي الكثير لأكتبه عنها
لأنها تحتاج من قارئها ان يكتشفها هو بنفسه
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Jeanie
Sep 05, 2009 Jeanie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was so disappointed in this book and I call it bor-delino.
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
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Incurious
Mar 28, 2012 Incurious rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Sara Sbaraglia
Jun 26, 2013 Sara Sbaraglia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2000-oggi, italia
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
Jim Fonseca
Sep 06, 2015 Jim Fonseca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: italian-authors
Umberto Eco, who previously gave us The Name of the Rose and Foucault’s Pendulum, gives us a fantasy historical novel about the fictional right-hand man to Frederick the First (1122-1190), also known as Barbarossa, emperor of the Holy Roman Empire. Our hero, Baudolino, is a kind of Henry Kissinger sent off by the emperor to make peace, conduct negotiations and threaten war. Baudolino is an inveterate liar and stretcher of the truth, so when he undertakes a multi-year mission to find the mythical ...more
C.E. Crowder
Dec 20, 2011 C.E. Crowder rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Nikolay Mollov
Nov 01, 2015 Nikolay Mollov rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Страхотен сюжет, в който един фикционен герой е вплетен в събитията от 12-13 век. Баудолино спасява живота на византийския хроникьор Никита Хониат по време на плячкосването и превземането на Константинопол през 1204 г. (Четвърти кръстоносен поход) и му разказва за любопитните си преживелици с неговия баща-осиновител Фридрих Барбароса, императорът (:"наполовина":) на Свещената римска империя. Романът подтиква читателят постоянно да се замисля за достоверността на Историята, която знаем като истор ...more
LeAnn
Nov 07, 2009 LeAnn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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.” 22 likes
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