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The Name of the Rose
by Umberto Eco

Published: 1989
Paperback : 502 pages
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Dark Ages at its picked
by mpaniaguatej (see profile) 05/09/16
Umberto Eco presents The Name of the Rose as a book he came upon by chance. That book was a translation of a manuscript written by Adso of Melk, a monk in the fourteenth century. The fictional framing of the novel and distancing of the narrator from the story alert the reader to the theme of the way knowledge and understanding are gained and the novel’s questioning of the accuracy and relevance of what is learned. Adso of Melk, a young novice monk, relates the story of how he accompanies the Franciscan monk William of Baskerville to an abbey in northern Italy, where a meeting between opposing factions in the Church will soon take place. The pope, who is very rich, wants to keep factions of monks who advocate poverty for the clergy from gaining power. The abbey is in a state of anxiety because a monk has recently died; the monks believe he was murdered and that supernatural, evil forces are loose in the abbey. As more deaths follow, William uses logic to discover how the monks died. William advocates observing carefully to understand the signs that will reveal truth.

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  "One of the best novels "by mpaniaguatej (see profile) 05/09/16

of the 20th century. Umberto Eco masters everything: politics, religion, mistery, human sexuality...Highly recommended although the English translation is not the best.

 
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