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The Prague Cemetery by Umberto Eco
  

The Prague Cemetery

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Nineteenth-century Europe, from Turin to Prague to Paris, abounds with the ghastly and the mysterious. Conspiracies rule history. Jesuits plot against Freemasons. Italian priests are strangled with their own intestines. French criminals plan bombings by day and celebrate black masses by night. Every nation has its own secret service, perpetrating forgeries, plots, and massacres. From the unification of Italy to the Paris Commune to the Dreyfus Affair to the notorious forgery The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, Europe is in tumult and everyone needs a scapegoat. But what if, behind all of these conspiracies both real and imagined, lay just one man? What if that evil genius created the most infamous document of all?

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Synopsis

The Prague Cemetery by Umberto Eco

The Prague Cemetery is Umberto Eco at his most exciting, a novel immediately hailed as his masterpiece. From the unification of Italy to the Paris Commune to the Dreyfus Affair to notorious forgery The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, Europe is in tumult and everyone needs a scapegoat. But what if, behind all of these conspiracies both real and imagined, lay one lone man? And what if that evil genius created the most infamous document of all? Eco takes his readers on an unforgettable journey through the underbelly of world-shattering events.

Reviews

I find this book fascinating, perhaps the best Eco has written in years. -- Huffington Post

A well-executed thriller . . . provocative and suspenseful. -- USA Today

[Eco's] latest takes that longtime thriller darling, the conspiracy theory, and turns it into something grander...Sold to 40 countries and said to be controversial; a speed-read with smarts. -- Library Journal , My Picks

A whirlwind tour of conspiracy and political intrigue...this dark tale is delightfully embellished with sophisticated and playful commentary on, among other things, Freud, metafiction, and the challenges of historiography. -- Booklist

Intriguing, hilarious....a tale by a master. -- Publishers Weekly boxed review

He's got a humdinger in this new high-level whodunit...a perplexing, multilayered, attention-holding mystery. -- Kirkus , starred



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

30th November 1999

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Umberto Eco

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9781846554919

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