Foucault's Pendulum

Foucault's Pendulum

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By (author) Umberto Eco

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  • Publisher: VINTAGE
  • Format: Paperback | 656 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 194mm x 38mm | 422g
  • Publication date: 1 June 2001
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0099287153
  • ISBN 13: 9780099287155
  • Sales rank: 20,694

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Three book editors, jaded by reading far too many crackpot manuscripts on the mystic and the occult, are inspired by an extraordinary conspiracy story told to them by a strange colonel to have some fun. They start feeding random bits of information into a powerful computer capable of inventing connections between the entries, thinking they are creating nothing more than an amusing game, but then their game starts to take over, the deaths start mounting, and they are forced into a frantic search for the truth.

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Author information

Umberto Eco is Professor of Semiotics at the University of Bologna and enjoys an international reputation as a philosopher, historian, literary critic and novelist. He lives in Milan.

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"Brilliant, funny, encompassing everything you ever wanted to know about practically everything (including numerology, James Bond's foes, and the construction of sewers), this book is both extraordinarily learned and well plotted." Sunday Times "Endlessly diverting... Even more intricate and absorbing than his international bestseller The Name of the Rose." Time "Brilliant... A novel that is deeper and richer than The Name of the Rose." New York Times "An intellectual adventure story, as sensational, thrilling, and packed with arcana as Raiders of the Lost Ark or The Count of Monte Cristo." The Washington Post "Umberto Eco is literature's great magician... He offers us many passages of brilliance, and treats us to a Shakespearean alternation of paroxysm and intimacy, madness and wisdom. There is something here for everyone. His genius affords his readers a selection of delights that will make their heads spin." Le Monde

Editorial reviews

Complexity, intrigue, and history galore as three Milan publishers feed reams of ancient occult information into their computer and people start disappearing... Another labyrinthine, addictive read from the author of The Name of the Rose. (Kirkus UK)

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"As brilliant and quirky as THE NAME OF THE ROSE, as mischievous and wide-raning....A virtuoso performance." THE SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE Three clever book editors, inspired by an extraordinary fable they heard years befoe, decide to have a little fun. Randomly feeding esoteric bits of knowledge into an incredible computer capable of inventing connections between all their entires, they think they are creating a long lazy game--until the game starts taking over.... Here is an incredible journey of thought and history, memory and fantasy, a tour de force as enthralling as anything Umberto Eco--or indeed anyone--has ever devised. "From the Paperback edition.