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Baudolino

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It is April 1204, and Constantinople, the splendid capital of the Byzantine Empire, is being sacked and burned by the knights of the Fourth Crusade. Amid the carnage and confusion, one Baudolino saves a historian and high court official from certain death at the hands of the crusading warriors and proceeds to tell his own fantastical story. Born a simple peasant in northern Italy, Baudolino has two major gifts-a talent for learning languages and a skill in telling lies. When still a boy he meets a foreign commander in the woods, charming him with his quick wit and lively mind. The commander-who proves to be Emperor Frederick Barbarossa-adopts Baudolino and sends him to the university in Paris, where he makes a number of fearless, adventurous friends. Spurred on by myths and their own reveries, this merry band sets out in search of Prester John, a legendary priest-king said to rule over a vast kingdom in the East-a phantasmagorical land of strange creatures with eyes on their shoulders and mouths on their stomachs, of eunuchs, unicorns, and lovely maidens. With dazzling digressions, outrageous tricks, extraordinary feeling, and vicarious reflections on our postmodern age, this is Eco the storyteller at his brilliant best.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 544 pages
  • 134.62 x 203.2 x 25.4mm | 566.99g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0156029065
  • 9780156029063
  • 809,280

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"This is a truly marvelous novel by one of the world's finest writers."-THE NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

It is April 1204, and Constantinople is being sacked and burned
by, one Baudolino saves a historian and high court official from certain death and proceeds to tell his own magical story.
Born a simple peasant in Northern Italy, Baudolino has two major gifts-a
talent for learning languages and a skill in telling lies. When he charms Emperor Frederick Barbarossa with his wit, the commander adopts Baudolino and sends him to the university in Paris, where he makes a number of fearless, adventurous friends.
Spurred on by myths and their own reveries, this merry band sets out in search
of Prester John, a legendary priest-king said to rule over a vast kingdom in the East-a phantasmagorical land of strange creatures with eyes on their shoulders and mouths on their stomachs, of eunuchs, unicorns, and lovely maidens.
"War and peace, belief and skepticism, false dreams and true, the pleasures of storytelling and the mysteries of love: Eco handles these themes with an exhilarating blend of profundity and lightness. . . . This is a novel that keeps getting better." -The Christian Science Monitor

UMBERTO ECO is a professor of semiotics at the University of Bologna and the bestselling author of numerous novels and essays. He lives in Italy.
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PRAISE FOR BAUDOLINO
"Baudolino, with its richly variegated haul of medieval treasures, remains compulsively readable." --The New York Times Book Review
"Eco puts forth the question that perpetually beguiles him and with which he perpetually beguiles the rest of us: If a teller of tales tells us he's telling the truth, how can we know for sure what really happened?"-The New Yorker
"Baudolino manifests many of the exuberant extravagances that made The Name of the Rose so hugely enjoyable." - -Iain Pears, Los Angeles Times Book Review
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17,100 ratings
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2 9% (1,471)
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