The Island of the Day Before
In 1643 a castaway comes upon an abandoned ship anchored off a desert island. As he explores the vessel's mysterious cargo, he revisits the events of his tempestuous youth-and limns his era's obsession with science and navigation. Translated by William Weaver. A Helen and Kurt Wolff Book
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- Hardback | 544 pages
- 154.94 x 236.22 x 43.18mm | 793.78g
- 01 Nov 1995
- HOUGHTON MIFFLIN
- United Kingdom
Back cover copy
After a violent storm in the South Pacific (the year is 1643), Roberto della Griva finds himself shipwrecked - on a ship. Swept from the Amaryllis, he has managed to pull himself aboard the Daphne, anchored in the bay of a beautiful island. The ship is fully provisioned, he discovers, but the crew is missing. In this fascinating, lyrical tale, Umberto Eco tells of an international race to establish the Punto Fijo of a young dreamer searching for love and meaning; and of a most amazing old Jesuit who, with his clocks and maps, has plumbed the secrets of longitudes, the four moons of Jupiter, and the Flood.