Umberto Eco


Born
in Alessandria, Italy
January 05, 1932

Died
February 19, 2016

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Umberto Eco was an Italian writer of fiction, essays, academic texts, and children's books. A professor of semiotics at the University of Bologna, Ecos 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 perceptive essays on modern culture are filled with a delightful sense of humor and irony, and his ideas on semiotics, interpretation, and aesthetics have established his reputation as one of academias foremost thinkers. ...more

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The Name of the Rose

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History of Beauty

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3.78 avg rating — 48,823 ratings — published 2004 — 33 editions
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Foucault's Pendulum

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3.89 avg rating — 57,704 ratings — published 1988 — 226 editions
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On Ugliness

3.84 avg rating — 17,377 ratings — published 2007 — 38 editions
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Baudolino

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3.74 avg rating — 19,232 ratings — published 2000 — 135 editions
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The Prague Cemetery

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3.44 avg rating — 21,858 ratings — published 2010 — 155 editions
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The Island of the Day Before

3.47 avg rating — 13,293 ratings — published 1994 — 128 editions
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The Mysterious Flame of Que...

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How to Travel with a Salmon...

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Numero zero

3.14 avg rating — 9,555 ratings — published 2015 — 112 editions
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