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?
©2011 Umberto Eco (P)2012 Isis Publishing Ltd, published in the UK by Random House Audiobooks
This ranks up there with The Name of Rose
A very good book from Umberto Eco the master, I read it in paperback once it came out and enjoyed it so much I got the Audible version. The narrator is excellent, reading with emotion and prose. Thoroughly enjoyed it.
Love having someone read me a story. Fires in the hearth, rain on the roof, sunny days and surf. Good friends, good food and J S Bach.
The issues of conspiracy are explored in this novel as in other of Eco's novels, and that makes for interesting reading/listening. Many actual historical personalities weave through the dialogues and recollections of a rather nasty protagonist.
As Freud is a new bloke on the block at the time this is located, it is a delight to learn the recollections are coming from two 'alters' of the same man. A master of disguise and writer of fraudulant wills, and a priest are each writing their memories and experiences, and begin to communicate with each other through their journal.
It is Eco remember.
At times it is hard to follow. I suspect this is also a reflection of 'jounal writing', especially when one personality knows he has murdered the other and the body is still where it should be.
This is going to a 2 and 3 times listen for me. And my ratings may change upwards.
I suppose this is not a story a lot of people will like, so unless you are familiar with his work, and, have an interst in late 19th early 20th century Europe you may not like it at all.
The plot was an arduous listen, failed to deliver either a learning or uplifting experience.
The anti-semetic nature
All of the above, but also a distrust of review recommendations
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