The release of the latest book by Umberto Eco moved from May to February 27. This was reported in the Italian publishing house that owns the rights to the product. The volume of the book – 470 pages, it is composed of essays and speeches on current Eco social issues. Umberto Eco, died last night, he was 84 years old.
Umberto Eco was born in Piedmont in the family accountant and office workers. Almost all of his childhood was spent in her grandfather’s library. “When my grandfather retired, he took a bound book to order. The old, beautifully illustrated edition of Gautier and Dumas lay in his home over the place. It was the first book that I’ve seen. When he died in 1938, many owners have no book began to pick up their orders, and books simply piled into a huge box, which soon proved to be the parent basement from time to time, I was sent back -. for the coal or the wine – and I’ve only been waiting for this, “- he recalled
You can tell that Eco was doomed to become a writer. Even as a child, in the era of Mussolini, he won first prize in the essay competition for young fascists. “In 1942, at age 10, I won first place in the competition, held for the Italian school-fascists (ie for all the Italian students). I sharpen a rhetorical virtuosity develop the theme” Do we have to die for the glory of Mussolini and the immortal ? the glory of Italy, “I proved that I was going to die a clever boy.” – recalled he
After the liberation of Italy, contrary to the wishes of his father, the Eco is not enrolled in the Faculty of Law, preferring to study medieval philosophy.. At 22, at the University of Turin he won the science of religion: Eco became an atheist and left the Catholic Church. He became a popular author of columns for the weekly l’Espresso, taught at the University of Bologna, and remained its honorary professor until his last days. He died in ’84 from cancer
“I think if I had been born in the Middle Ages, I’d be dead,” -. He said. Invincible logic combined with subtle irony – all who knew him remember him that way. But those who read the first novel writer – “Name of the Rose” – easy to believe that the author is able to live in the Middle Ages. Professor of semiotics managed to generate interest in the signs and sign systems by means of skillful weaving in a detective story.
The effect of this complicated story unfolds in the XIV century, somewhere in the north-west of Italy. The investigation of the death of a monk engaged Baskervilsky William and his young companion Melk Adson. And this information is sufficient to identify the mastermind Eco – Arthur Conan Doyle. The first character refers to the curse of the Baskervilles kind of British, the second to Dr. Watson, an assistant of Sherlock Holmes. The structure is borrowed from Agatha Christie. . The mass of riddles, allusions and inconspicuous at first sight causality
“You may be interested to know that one day I published a structural analysis of a typical plot Ian Fleming” – he said once. Yes, yes – “bondiane” Fleming Eco also studied the length and breadth. His passion for this genre, he explained: “The detective fiction appeals to me that given the central question of philosophy – who did all this?”
The 88th saw the light “Foucault’s Pendulum” – product, generously stuffed with references alchemy, Kabbalah and conspiracy theories. Many believe that Dan Brown, whose mystical novels have gained worldwide fame in the 2000s, many borrowed from Eco. A great popularity – only the result more accurately selected era to simplify the perception of the modern reader
Other novels -. “The Island of the Day Before,” “The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana” – the success of “Name of the Rose” is not repeated. They were complex, multi-layered, but it is perfectly consistent with the author reasons that readers should not get what they expect, and what is not waiting. But last year’s novel “Zero Room” dedicated to the work of journalists – and it’s not exactly an ode to their work
Before you begin any of fiction, Eco has published a number of scientific papers, and after -. Has a lot of popular science, such as “History of Beauty” or “History of ugliness.” In his works, he trusted the facts and scientific knowledge and not confided imagination. And even in the novels remained historian, philologist and expert on semiotics
“What would be the character that you are neither invented, anyway it will be grown out of your experience and your memory”, -. He explained. Some of his famous sayings would be good advice to the young generation. For example, novice writers: “Sometimes I rewrite one page a dozen times, and if it does not help – read written aloud in an attempt to understand what is wrong”
or patrons of Internet networks “. I was a little number of people are concerned about being in the moment, online everything they do – talk to ghosts “
And the main wisdom – for all generations of all time:”.. Strange stupidity never reduce your ” .
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