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The year is 1327.
Franciscans in a wealthy Italian abbey are suspected of heresy, and Brother William of Baskerville arrives to investigate.
When his delicate mission is suddenly overshadowed by seven bizarre deaths, Brother William turns detective. He collects evidence, deciphers secret symbols and coded manuscripts, and digs into the eerie labyrinth of the abbey where extraordinary things are happening under the cover of night. A spectacular popular and critical success, The Name of the Rose is not only a narrative of a murder investigation but an astonishing chronicle of the Middle Ages.
"The late medieval world, teetering on the edge of discoveries and ideas that will hurl it into one more recognisably like ours...evoked with a force and wit that are breathtaking" Financial Times
"A novel of sunning intelligence, linguistic richness, thematic complexity" Il Giorno
"This novel belongs with Voltaire' philosophical tales-in the entertaining guise of an erudite fiction story, it is also a vibrant plea for freedom, moderation and wisdom" L'Express
"A brilliant deconstruction of the traditional crime novel" -- Iain Rankin Mail on Sunday
"Whether you're into Sherlock Holmes, Montaillou, Borges, the nouvelle critique, the Rule of St. Benedict, metaphysics, library design, or The Thing from the Crypt, you'll love it. Who can that miss out?" Sunday Times
ISBN: 9780099466031 ISBN-10: 0099466031 Series: Vintage Classics Audience:
Number Of Pages: 579 Published: 1st April 2004 Publisher: Vintage Publishing Country of Publication: GB Dimensions (cm): 20.0 x 13.2
Weight (kg): 0.42
Edition Number: 1
About the Author
Umberto Eco has written works of fiction, literary criticism and philosophy.
His first novel, The Name Of The Rose, was a major international bestseller. His other works include Foucault's Pendulum, The Island Of The Day Before, Baudolino, The Mysterious Flame Of Queen Loana and The Prague Cemetery, along with many brilliant collections of essays.