The Prague Cemetery

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Trade & Reference Publishers, 2011 - Fiction - 444 pages
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19th-century Europe, from Turin to Prague to Paris, abounds with the ghastly and the mysterious. Jesuits plot against Freemasons. In Italy, republicans strangle priests with their own intestines. In France, during the Paris Commune, people eat mice, plan bombings and rebellions in the streets, and celebrate Black Masses. Every nation has its own secret service and secret organizations that are plotting against each other, perpetrating conspiracies and even massacres. There are false beards, false lawyers, false wills, even false deaths. One of their most powerful tools is forgery. A well-made forged document can alter people's perceptions of a religion or group, rally the masses to war, or even change history. Of the best forgers of the era is Simonio Simonini, and his latest work of deception will help lay the groundwork for the most infamous forged work of all time: The Protocols of the Elders of Zion. From the Dreyfus Affair to the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, the Jews are blamed for everything. One man connects each of these threads into a massive crazy-quilt conspiracy within conspiracies. -- Provided by publisher.

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User Review  - Sharon.Flesher - LibraryThing

Reading anything by Umberto Eco always makes me feel a little smarter, and that is true with his novel, The Prague Cemetery. However, this story is more clever than it is enjoyable, probably because ... Read full review

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User Review  - BayardUS - LibraryThing

I thought this book was fine, but ultimately I found that it explored many of the same ideas as Foucault's Pendulum but to lesser effect. Also, I was confused as to the purpose of making the narrator ... Read full review

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First a semiotician at the University of Bologna, and a leading figure in contemporary Italian culture, Eco brought semiotics to fiction in his first novel, The Name of the Rose (1980). This unexpected international best-seller employs the techniques of a detective novel along with sophisticated postmodern narrative and verbal conundrums, to recount a series of murders in a medieval monastery. Eco's fascination with the Middle Ages began when he was a student at the University of Torino, where he wrote his doctoral thesis (1954) on St. Thomas Aquinas. The Name of the Rose (1980) won the Premio Strega and the Premio Anghiar awards in 1981, as well as numerous international awards. His title The Prague Cementary made The New York Times best seller list for 2011.

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