The Name of the Rose

The Name of the Rose

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By (author) Umberto Eco

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  • Publisher: VINTAGE
  • Format: Paperback | 592 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 198mm x 34mm | 320g
  • Publication date: 1 May 2008
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0099466031
  • ISBN 13: 9780099466031
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 4,131

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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.

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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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"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

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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. His tools are the logic of Aristotle, the theology of Aquinas, the empirical insights of Roger Bacon - all sharpened to a glistening edge by wry humor and a ferocious curiosity. He collects evidence, deciphers secret symbols and coded manuscripts, and digs into the eerie labyrinth of the abbey, where "the most interesting things happen at night".