Umberto Eco’s first novel, an international sensation and winner of the Premio Strega and the Prix Médicis Étranger awards.
The year is 1327. Franciscans in a wealthy Italian abbey are suspected of heresy, and Brother William of Baskerville arrives to investigate. When his delicate mission is suddenly overshadowed by seven bizarre deaths, Brother William turns detective. His tools are the logic of Aristotle, the theology of Aquinas, the empirical insights of Roger Bacon—all sharpened to a glistening edge by wry humor and a ferocious curiosity. He collects evidence, deciphers secret symbols and coded manuscripts, and digs into the eerie labyrinth of the abbey, where “the most interesting things happen at night.”
“Like the labyrinthine library at its heart, this brilliant novel has many cunning passages and secret chambers . . . Fascinating . . . ingenious . . . dazzling.” – Newsweek
This edition includes Eco's illuminating commentary, Postscript to the Name of the Rose.
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I read this book for the first time in 1993 during graduate school. I was intrigued by the premise in which a seasoned Benedictine monk and novice are sent to another abbey to investigate a death. Was it murder? An accident? The work of something evil and not of this world?
This book remains one of my top 10 favorites of all time. I remember being so determined to understand every word, every nuance that I kept an Italian to English dictionary by my side as a bit of the dialogue is in Italian. I am a very quick reader @ 90 pages per hour (standard paperbacks) but as I recall, this novel took a bit longer, but the payoff was completely worth the extra time.
The Name of the Rose
Long, but well worth the read.