Umberto Eco

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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, and certainly one of the finest authors of the twentieth century. A professor of semiotics at the University of Bologna, Eco’s 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 academia’s foremost thinkers.

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Interviews

October 2011, Umberto Eco
"In The Prague Cemetery, a new novel from the Renaissance man who gave us The Name of the Rose, a master forger stokes the flames of conspiracy in 19th-century Europe." ...More

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“We live for books.”
Umberto Eco

“Books are not made to be believed, but to be subjected to inquiry. When we consider a book, we mustn't ask ourselves what it says but what it means...”
Umberto Eco, The Name of the Rose

“To survive, you must tell stories.”
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Polls

December 2014 Revisit the Shelf Classic

1843, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, 104 pages
 
  42 votes, 27.1%

 
  19 votes, 12.3%

1898, The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells, 192 pages
 
  18 votes, 11.6%

 
  17 votes, 11.0%

1952, East of Eden by John Steinbeck, 601 pages
 
  13 votes, 8.4%

 
  13 votes, 8.4%

 
  10 votes, 6.5%

1980, The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco, 536 pages
 
  9 votes, 5.8%

 
  9 votes, 5.8%

1811, Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen, 409 pages
 
  5 votes, 3.2%

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