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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 northern
Paperback, 527 pages
Published October 6th 2003 by Harcourt (first published November 2000)
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Nikos Tsentemeidis
Αν και λίγο κουραστικός ο Eco, αποδεικνύει ότι είναι φοβερός γνώστης τη μεσαιωνικής ιστορίας, αλλά και ταλαντούχος μυθοπλάστης.
Ahmad Sharabiani
Baudolino, Umberto Eco
Baudolino is a 2000 novel by Umberto Eco about the adventures of a man named Baudolino in the known and mythical Christian world of the 12th century.
In the year of 1204, Baudolino of Alessandria enters Constantinople, unaware of the Fourth Crusade that has thrown the city into chaos. In the confusion, he meets Niketas Choniates and saves his life. Niketas is amazed by his language genius, speaking many languages he has never heard, and on the question: if he is not part of
Mar 08, 2013 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What would an Umberto Eco novel be without a pile of theological debate, historical references bordering on the obscure, and convoluted story-telling that makes your head spin?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
Jan 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history-novels
Eco's sophisticated mingling of historical facts with medieval philosophy and theology as well as with a fictional hero, who is in fact an anti-hero, makes you really "dive" into the Middle Ages and this fascinating book. I absolutely adored it and was drawn to it from page one until I was forced to close it (you know, to sleep or study or when I actually finished it).

The first thing we learn about Baudolino, the main character of this book, is that he is a liar. He warns us that we must not bel
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
Jul 04, 2015 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
Maria Thomarey
Nov 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ο Εκο ηταν μεγάλος παραμυθάς .
Aug 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Tarihi roman okurları, kurgu okurları, Eco okuru, genel okur
Okuduğum en güzel romanlardan birisi!
Çağımızın en iyi romancılarından birisi kabul edilen Umberto Eco’nun bu şahane romanı, bir sahtekarın hikayesi: Baudolino.

İtalya’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 durumdadır ki, çocuklarını kolayca satarl
Eirini Proikaki
Nov 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Για πολύ καιρό δίσταζα να διαβάσω αυτό το βιβλίο αφού είχα ακούσει απο πολλούς οτι είναι βαρετό και κουραστικό.Φανταστείτε την έκπληξή μου όταν ρίχνοντας μια ματιά στις πρώτες σελίδες βρέθηκα απέναντι απο έναν ήρωα γοητευτικό που με πήρε απο το χέρι και με "ανάγκασε" να τον ακολουθήσω στις τρελές περιπέτειες του.
Ο Μπαουντολίνο είναι ψεύτης.Αυτό είναι ένα απο τα πρώτα πράγματα που μαθαίνουμε γι 'αυτόν.Επίσης είναι έξυπνος,ονειροπόλος,λίγο τρελός και μεγάλο λαμόγιο.
Το ίδιο το βιβλίο δεν ξέρω πώς ν
Dec 08, 2010 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
Jim Fonseca
Nov 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Hansen Wendlandt
Jul 26, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Ana Tijanić
Feb 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Još jedan sjajan roman Umberta Eka! Srednjovekovna istorija prepliće se sa mitom i fantazijom. U romanu ima svega: istorijskih događaja (Krstaški ratovi, opsada Konstantinopolja, vladavina Fridriha I Barbarose), potrage za Svetim gralom i carstvom Prezvitera Jovana, mitskih bića (skijapodi , satiri, hipatije...), filozofije. Na ovo uzbudljivo putovanje vodi nas Baudolino, posinak Fridriha Barbarose, koji je vešt u pripovedanju, ali i u izmišljanju priča...
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
Vit Babenco
Apr 19, 2013 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
Nov 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
تا صفحه ي ٦٠ فكر ميكنيد كتاب يك رمان خيلي عادي است.
تا اينجا با شخصيت بائودولينو آشنا مي شويد.
از ٦٠ تا ٢٠٠ شالوده ي اصلي داستان شكل مي گيرد و كم كم به بائودولينو علاقمند مي شويد.
اما از صفحه ي ٢٠٠ 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"
Sep 15, 2015 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
Jun 01, 2008 rated it it was ok
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
Feb 27, 2012 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
Aug 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: yabancı
Girişten bir süre sonra sürükleyiciliğini ve amacını kaybetmişti ama son 150-200 sayfada tekrar sürükleyici ve ilgi çekici olmayı başardı benim açımdan. Özellikle artık iyice fantastik kurgu kısmına girildiği zaman. Dünyaya inancımı kaybettiğim zaman ilgili sayfalara dönüp Hipatia'nın bilgelikle ilgili konuşmalarını okuyabilirim. O kısım çok başarılıydı.
Megan Baxter
Jan 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
In that curiously relaxing time between Christmas and New Year's, when there's not much to do except sit around and read (if you're lucky enough to work somewhere that shuts down between the two), I picked up Baudolino. It was one of the pile of books I plowed my way through while visiting my in-laws. I hadn't had that much concentrated reading time in quite a while. Gosh, it was nice!

Note: The rest of this review has been withheld due to the changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement. You can
Jul 20, 2008 rated it really liked it
"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
Philippe Malzieu
Mar 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Riku Sayuj
Aug 30, 2011 marked it as on-a-break  ·  review of another edition
resuming after a long break...
Jan 23, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great imaginative novel, its only 'weakness' being its sprawling structure. Contained within the novel are mythical creatures, legends, a genuine locked-room murder mystery, and lots of Gnostic memes. All of this told through the self-admitted lying narrator, perhaps one of the better 'unreliable narrators' I've ever read.

The meditations on the nature of myth and legend and the innate need for stories of power were great. Perhaps my favorite moment was two mythical creatures debating the Holy T
Sep 22, 2009 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
شخصية باودلينو الغريبه ورحلة البحث الطويله التي
استغرقت عمراً كاملاً
ليس لدي الكثير لأكتبه عنها
لأنها تحتاج من قارئها ان يكتشفها هو بنفسه

Mizo ۞
Sep 22, 2017 marked it as to-be-continued  ·  review of another edition
للاسف لا اشعر بالتشويق والحماس وجمال التفاصيل كما برواية "اسم الوردة" .
هل الترجمة هي السبب ؟ ام ال "مود" الحالي , ام الرواية نفسها ؟
لا ادري , ولكنني اعلم شيئا واحدا , انني لم استسيغ الرواية ....
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
Aug 09, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
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“What is life if not the shadow of a fleeting dream?” 142 likes
“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.” 25 likes
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