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The Prague Cemetery by Umberto Eco
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Aug 03, 2012

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Read in July, 2012

If one can believe this sordid tale expresses the truth about the perpetuation of lies that caused the extermination of millions,lies that underminded empires, and liars who out-lied other liars just to stay alive, The Prague Cemetery is a must read. It certainly tests the adage, the truth of a nation or of a people is more revealed in its literature that its history. In this particular mix the literature and history of 19th century Europe is revealed. Eco stated, the only fictitious character in this story is the protagonist, Simone Simonini; well yes, Eco needed such a lowly character in order to weave this kind of tale.

The subertfuge, conspiracies of double agents, split personalities and insanity in this story, pieced together and told by the rogue investigator, Simonini, stripped the associated mankind and womankind down to its lowest common denominator. How Eco weaved the historical presence into this particular take on this piece of fiction is what held my attention. The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, Freemasonry, the Jesuit priesthood, murder and wars, Satanists; Eco's depiction of hell-bound governing officials, if there be any such place worse than Eco's ghettos and sewers. The Prague Cemetery is a hard read, but too compelling for a reader interested in how these truths would be weaved into a best seller to put aside.

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