November 8, 2011
"I am expecting two kinds of readers. The first has no idea that all these things really happened, knows nothing about nineteenth-century literature...The second, however, knows or senses that I am recounting things that really happened." --Umberto Eco on The Prague Cemetery
Umberto Eco is one of the most inventive writers of our time. His intellectual faculties are diverse: he is an essayist, semiotician, philosopher, medievalist, and novelist. He has written five works of fiction, among them The Name of the Rose andFoucault’s Pendulum. His latest novel, The Prague Cemetery, takes The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, the notorious forgery that inspired Hitler, as its backdrop and blurs the boundaries of fiction and reality by incorporating various historical events and people into the plot.
UMBERTO ECO was born in Alessandria, Italy, in 1932. He is the author of five novels, among them and numerous collections of essays. He has been a professor at the University of Bologna for many years. He has received the Premio Strega and the Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur. He lives in Milan.
PAUL HOLDENGRÄBER is the director of LIVE from the NYPL.