by Umberto Eco
2015 (US) / 208 pages
read by David Colacci 5h 14m
rating 8.75 / literary crime (satire)
Big fan of Eco here – since The Name of the Rose and including some nonfiction. (May I recommend Six Walks in a Fictional Woods?).
Numero Zero is shorter and lighter than his prior fictions which usually involve a fair amount of semiotics and complex historical plots with themes of conspiracy theories which bumbling folks get sucked into – or authorize for devious reasons.
Although it’s not nearly as detailed, the theme of Numero Zero is most similar to that of Foucault’s Pendulum and The Prague Cemetery. The year is 1992 (for an Italian political reason) the place is Milan. This time a writer named Colonna wants to be famous but can’t seem to get there. Instead he’s stuck with minor reviews and translations.
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