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Numero Zero by Umberto Eco
  

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Fuelled by media hoaxes, Mafiosi, love, gossip and murder, Numero Zero reverberates with the clash of forces that have shaped Italy since World War II. This gripping novel from the author of The Name of the Rose is told with all the power of a master storyteller.

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Synopsis

Numero Zero by Umberto Eco

1945, Lake Como. Mussolini and his mistress are captured and shot by local partisans. The precise circumstances of Il Duce's death remain shrouded in controversy. 1992, Milan. Colonna, a depressed hack writer, is offered a fee he can't refuse to ghost-write a memoir. His subject: a fledgling newspaper financed by a powerful media magnate. As Colonna gets to know the team, he learns the paranoid theories of Braggadocio, who is convinced that Mussolini's corpse was a body-double and part of a wider Fascist plot. It's the scoop he desperately needs. The evidence? He's working on it. Colonna is sceptical. But when a body is found, stabbed to death in a back alley, and the paper is shut down, even he is jolted out of his complacency.


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Reviews

'Eco's novel on post-War Italy inevitably turns into a detective story. But it's one without a culprit: like all the great detective stories of [Italy's] recent history...[which] Eco revisits at high speed in this fast-paced, frequently entertaining novel' La Stampa

'Practically a manual on today's media' Roberto Saviano L'Espresso

About the Author

Umberto Eco

Umberto Eco has written works of fiction, literary criticism and philosophy. His first novel, The Name of the Rose, was a major international bestseller. His other works include Foucault's Pendulum, The Island of the Day Before, Baudolino, The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana and The Prague Cemetery, along with many brilliant collections of essays. He died in February 2016.

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Publication date

5th November 2015

Author

Umberto Eco

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Publisher

Harvill Secker an imprint of Vintage Publishing

Format

Hardback
208 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
Crime / Mystery
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9781910701089

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