The Name of the Rose

Front Cover
Everyman's Library, 2006 - Fiction - 560 pages
5 Reviews
(Book Jacket Status: Jacketed)

A spectacular best seller and now a classic, The Name of the Rose catapulted Umberto Eco, an Italian professor of semiotics turned novelist, to international prominence. An erudite murder mystery set in a fourteenth-century monastery, it is not only a gripping story but also a brilliant exploration of medieval philosophy, history, theology, and logic.

In 1327, Brother William of Baskerville is sent to investigate a wealthy Italian abbey whose monks are suspected of heresy. When his mission is overshadowed by seven bizarre deaths patterned on the book of Revelation, Brother William turns detective, following the trail of a conspiracy that brings him face-to-face with the abbey's labyrinthine secrets, the subversive effects of laughter, and the medieval Inquisition. Caught in a power struggle between the emperor he serves and the pope who rules the Church, Brother William comes to see that what is at stake is larger than any mere political dispute–that his investigation is being blocked by those who fear imagination, curiosity, and the power of ideas.

The Name of the Rose offers the reader not only an ingeniously constructed mystery—complete with secret symbols and coded manuscripts—but also an unparalleled portrait of the medieval world on the brink of profound transformation.

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
4
4 stars
0
3 stars
1
2 stars
0
1 star
0

A Medieval Mystery of Symbols and Science

User Review  - tiggerbone - Borders

In 14th century Italy, Brother William of Baskerville is sent to investigate the possibility of heresy. What he finds is conspiracy, mystery, and murder. This book is thought provoking, fascinating ... Read full review

Review: The Name of the Rose (薔薇の名前)

User Review  - Cris Robu - Goodreads

Probably, one of the best books of all times. Read full review

Other editions - View all

About the author (2006)

Umberto Eco is a professor of semiotics at the Universityof Bologna. His other books include Foucault's Pendulum, The Island of the Day Before, and three collections of popular essays, Travels in Hyperreality, Misreadings, and How to Travel with a Salmon and Other Essays. He lives in Milan.

Bibliographic information