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The Name of the Rose

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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.

Fiction & PoetryClassic fiction pre 1945Fiction & PoetryCrime & ThrillersFiction & PoetryHistorical Fiction Publisher: Vintage Publication Date: 01/05/2008 ISBN-13: 9780099466031  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Umberto Eco is the author of four bestselling novels, The Name of The Rose, Foucault's Pendulum, The Island of The Day Before and Baudolino. His collections of essays also include Five Moral Pieces, Kant and the Platypus, Serendipities, Faith in Fakes, and How To Travel With a Salmon and Other Essays. A Professor of Semiotics at the University of Bologna, Umberto Eco lives in Italy.

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This manages to be both a gripping murder-mystery and a vivid window into the Middle Ages. Its author is a distinguished medievalist and evokes the period wonderfully but also fills the novel with playful allusions to Sherlock Holmes, Freud, Borges, etc.

Charles Palliser - 05/11/2013


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