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3.14  ·  Rating details ·  9,568 ratings  ·  1,245 reviews
يروي لنا هذا الكتاب قصّة جريدةٍ لن ترى النور أبدًا لأنّ ناشرها أرادها منذ البداية أَن تكون أداة ابتزازٍ أكثر من أَن تكون أداة إعلامٍ. وبذريعة البحث عن الحقيقة دُعي خمسة أفراد لَهم جَميعًا تجارب سابقةٌ مختلفةٌ وفاشلةٌ إلى تكوين هيئة تحريرٍ مهمّتها الظاهرة هي كشف الحقيقة للرأي العامّ وللقارئ. نقطة الانطلاق هي سنة 1992 ومن خلال الاجتماعات الدورية لأعضاء هيئة التحرير ونقاشاتهم ...more
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Published January 2017 by دار الكتاب الجديد (first published 2015)
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Nov 16, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
A conspiracy theorist finds evidence that Mussolini DIDN'T die at the end of the Second World War, which should have resulted in a riveting read, but it took too long to get to the meat of the story for me. There was some witty dialogue along the way, and it did have some dramatic moments towards the end of the book, but not soon enough. Sorry but I found it disappointing.
Nov 13, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
"Suspicions never go too far. Suspect, always, suspect, that's the only way you get to the truth. Isn't that what science says?"
-- Umberto Eco


I'm not sure what it is about aging, but some of my favorite writers DeLillo, Roth, and Eco produce absolutely shit novellas in their later years. DeLillo seems to have hit his high mark with Underworld. Philip Roth with The Plot Against America. The minor books these greats wrote in their later years (Roth's entire Nemesis series, for example) just seem
Dec 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Owlseyes by: eco lei
Well, I cannot help but to say a few things, in the hope that, though absent, Eco will say something; yes, ...I mean, what would he say of this time of "fake news", Trump as president-elect, ...but above all, about tomorrow's Italy's referendum.

I've heard people speaking about "Italy as a lab", where "trends " show up up first and then reverberate throughout Europe. I hope so. It looks like some new stars [what, 5?] are meant to take hold of Italy's political power. We'll see TOMORROW. In the
Nov 09, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a tale about a rather discontented, failed hack journalist, named Colonna. Colonna feels he did not graduate because of the influence of his university professor - Professor De Sarnis and drifted into work translating. Later, he worked as a journalist and ghostwriter and, it is through this last career of sorts, that he finds himself approached by Professor De Sarnis in middle age. Colonna is asked to ghost write the memoirs of a journalist about setting up a newspaper that is never ...more
Althea Ann
Well, that was an alright read, with some interesting content... but it's not going to go down in history as one of Eco's major novels. As a matter of fact, I hesitate to classify it as a novel. It's more like one of Eco's essays, fleshed out with a bit of plot.

The premise: in 1990s Italy, a journalist, Colonna, is hired to work at a news magazine that, he's told up front, will never actually be published. The concept will instead be used to achieve the publisher's political ends, by making
Nov 13, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
3.5 stars

Eco is a master of the intricately plotted conspiracy theory novel. This is a perfect example, despite only being 200 pages long. The short length might make it seem more accessible but there is still a considerable amount to think about, to its benefit.

For me, the story itself was less interesting than the themes that underly it.

The book is imbued with cynicism; Eco mocks modern journalism, modern society, and the very nature of modern man. He highlights the void between what people
Numero Zero is a minor novel by Umberto Eco, the Italian novelist who previously wrote The Name of the Rose (1980) and Foucault's Pendulum (1988). It explores his continuing interests in mass media, media culture, and conspiracy theories, or more specifically, his interest in our cultural obsession with simulacra and counterfeit reality, "Il costume di casa" (Faith In Fakes). Set in 1992 Milan, Eco's novel cleverly weaves fiction with real-life events involving Mussolini, the Red Brigades and ...more
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
Again book with very low average rating ends on my favorite shelf. In fact I think this book with lowest average rating I read so far.

This is the first time my path crossed with Eco's and I can see right away that high praises are more than justified. This is book power of media ad how it can shape and manipulate public opinion, all written with witty style that was just pleasure to read.
Sam Quixote
Nov 19, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Phewf hows this for a convoluted and dreary premise? Umberto Ecos latest novel is set in Italy, 1992, where a hack writer is hired by a wealthy chancer to write the story of a newspaper/magazine he will establish except, while hell still hire a staff to create editions full of content, he doesnt intend to actually publish anything - thatll apparently threaten the concerns of an even wealthier businessman wholl get him to shut down the publication with a big payday.

What sort of plot is that?
Philippe Malzieu
I went via Bagnera. Absolutly no interest. I crossed here some lost tourists searching for the Expo.Never seing as much of people here and not very refined. Milano is satured. I was complained to go far away from the Duomo to felt in Italy.
Thus the last Eco. Strange to have choosen Milano for a book which looks like a thriller. This is not a city which inspires the mistery. Here, all appears so clean, so calm. Luxury and discretion. At 5 pm, I always observe the office exit. This is this
Mattia Ravasi
Dec 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
#9 in my Top 20 Books I Read in 2015:

A brilliantly heartbreaking reflection on the state of things in contemporary Italy, mixed together with a nice riff on how newspapers/news agencies work, masked as a political thriller (maybe not the most breath-taking out there, but come on, this is basically a novella, it doesn't need shootings and twists), and drenched in a nice, thick, ccccccreamy sauce of Pynchonian
Nov 14, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A while ago I read Umberto Eco's novel 'The Name of the Rose' and in spite of the great reviews I was rather disappointed so not really sure why I agreed to read another of his books. Having received the book I decided to read other reviews to get a flavour of the novel and was again a little disappointed at the poor write ups. Once I started reading it I was pleasantly surprised and read the first two thirds very quickly such was my interest but unfortunately it didn't hold my attention ...more
Nov 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literary
Numero Zero The King of Conspiracy Returns

Quite simply without Umberto Eco we would have had no Dan Brown and the wonder of the conspiracy theory at the heart of a novel. Numero Zero is his seventh novel and carries on in much the same vain as his previous books, even though the conspiracies seem crazy, they are crazy enough to be credible.

Our narrator is the middle aged loser Colonna, a very much jaded hack at the end of his career, who is an expert at the lies the popular press like to peddle
May 21, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Umberto Eco knows everything, but this fact doesn't make this novel a good read. The idea is fine - a satire about the media, our ability to know the truth, conspiracy theories, and more. Maybe too much more. But there aren't really any characters - they're cardboard posters only there to promote an agenda and to blurt out Eco's ideas and opinions. There's no story either. Not really. You don't care what happens at any point. This might have been much better as an essay or non-fiction novella, ...more
Great, very intelligent and on point study of media and they way we tend to be manipulated by it. Deeply rooted in Italian media versus politics dynamics (yes, I'm taking about you Mr Berlusconi). Great stuff, too short and not memorable enough for me to give it more than 3 stars. Having said that it was very enjoyable read, I wished only it was longer and more detail driven.
Over a year ago, I started to read Umberto Eco's Il pendolo di Foucault but I seem to be stuck at around two-thirds of it and can't get round to finishing it (not given up yet...). In the meantime, I came across Eco's last novel - Numero Zero - in its idiomatic English translation (by Richard Dixon) and completed it in a couple of days.

At first glance, the novel seems quite close in concept to Foucault's Pendulum. In the latter book, a group of three editors, inspired by their research into the
Shuhan Rizwan
An average satire.
A potentially good thriller.
A disturbing work of documentation.

Eco disappoints.
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Some interesting content but not brilliant.

I've not read any Umberto Eco since Name of the Rose and this novella doesn't make me rush back.

The premise is hopeful, set in 1990s Italy, a journalist, Colonna, is hired to work at a news magazine that, he's told will never actually be published as its going to be used to achieve the publisher's political ends by scaring certain parties with potential exposées.

One of the journalists comes up with a far-fetched conspiracy theory involving military
Dec 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Eco and conspiracy-theory enthusiasts
Call this one Umberto Eco lite.

A delightful confection of Eco's satire and head-spinning conspiracy-building. Not as dense as his novels, this novella contains all the signature mesmerizing charm and wit that has made Eco an internationally bestselling author. More than likely, you won't be familiar with 90+% percent of the historical figures and events alluded to in the tale (I know I wasn't), but you don't need to be to enjoy this one-sitting read-- in fact, not being familiar with the events
Briane Pagel
Jul 02, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
oucault's Pendulum remains one of the best books I've ever read. I don't recall all the particulars of it, as I read it nearly 30 years ago, but I do recall how amazing of a book it was, densely packed with allusions and references and managing to be a thriller, too.

After Pendulum I tried reading The Name Of The Rose, which is probably Eco's most famous book. I tried twice, in fact, both times getting to about page 70 before becoming bored. That, too, was about 30 years ago. Since then, I've
Michal Mironov
Considering its Eco, Nr. 0 is unexpectedly light and lively, but somehow superficial crazy comedy. Eco shows here again what he is really good at making witty and ironic remarks about the level and real value of education and the human tendency to believe in stupidities.

The Nr.0 is full of typical Ecos characters: dumb and ignorant new-riches, uncritical consumers of daily news, and educated but useless intellectuals. Self-learners always have a much wider range of knowledge than really
Nancy Brisson
Mar 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Umberto Eco really knows how to leave a room. He published Numero Zero just before he died a few weeks ago. This is not a book that everyone will enjoy because there is no real action and the plot is complicated and somewhat obscure, if this book can even be said to have a plot. We have a publisher who has been asked to create a mock newspaper for reasons which are not revealed. We have a staff that is hired to produce these mock-ups and the staff does not realize that these newspapers are not ...more
I'd lost all faith in everything, except for the certainty that there's always someone behind our backs waiting to deceive us.

I am not sure of the circumstances of the Maestro's passing. This novella offers the idea that Eco was going to explain the moral decline of Italy through the prism of its media and the thugs like Berlusconi who owned and transformed them. Eco didn't quite succeed as Numero Zero appears inchoate, as abortive as the newspaper (and expose describing it) are in the course of
Jan 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read it almost at once and it was clever as usual. It's kinda different from older books by Eco - still smart and capturing, but... different.

And I checked the last page twice. Either my book lacked some pages or it was a HEA story (what somehow disappoint me)
Allen Adams

Is a newspaper that never publishes still a newspaper?

This is one of the baseline questions in Umberto Ecos latest novel, Numero Zero, a slim meditation on the nature of the media by way of the Italian authors usual web of shadowy conspiracies and secret histories.

The year is 1992. Our narrator is an Italian journalist by the name of Colonna, a self-described loser who has been recruited to help launch a newspaper that is never to actually be published.

Colonna is a down and out hack-journalist that has just stumbled on an opportunity of a lifetime. Assistant editor for an emerging newspaper, as well as ghost writing a memoir for Simei, the editor and creator of the paper Domani. As he interacts with the team of journalists he learns about a conspiracy theory about Mussolinis corpse. Umberto Eco returns for another fast paced thriller involving an elaborate conspiracy theory in this short novel, Numero Zero.

Every time I read an Umberto Eco
Lyn Elliott
Fear of death concentrates the mind.

How could I have forgotten this sentence at the end of the narrators introduction in Numero Zero, but I had, until I started to flick back through it ready to write this review. It is almost the same as Samuel Johnsons classic observation that when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully.

Having led us to this point very quickly, Eco spends a little more time to take us into the world of hack journalism and its
I have no idea what I read, to be honest. Or what it was supposed to mean, or what it initially intended to be. I like conspiracy theories as much as the next person, but I'd rather there be some stakes. In this case, it starts out strong - the man is shit scared that someone is out to get him. Then he starts rambling about the starting of a dummy newspaper, and for 170 of the 200 pages, it involves a bunch of hack writers trying to come up with lurid stories that seem to go nowhere. The ...more
Renata Broock
Sep 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
it's Umberto Eco. Of course five stars.
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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 ...more

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