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  • Il cimitero di Praga
  • Umberto Eco
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  • 22 January 2019
  • 9780099555988

10 thoughts on “Il cimitero di Praga

  1. says:

    In the 1980s I read The Name of the Rose and Foucault's Pendulum and came away from those books knowing that I had been exposed to a brilliant mind The complexity of the writing and the layers of plot turned many readers away but I found it so refreshing to have a writer that demanded from his readers and importantly had faith in his readership These are books that need to be read many times and each time the

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    “A mystic is a hysteric who has met her confessor before her doctor” ― Umberto Eco The Prague CemeterySo I dropped one star because first I was a little disappointed that none of the stars on Goodreads were upside down pentagrams or hexagrams Also second I left off one star because by about page 400 I was drained of all my anti Semitic antibodies The crazy fundamentalism fractured insanity and conspiracy rich shadows of anti Jewish

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    Il Cimitero di Praga ‭The Prague cemetery 1st American ed 2011 Umberto EcoThe Prague Cemetery is the sixth novel by Italian author Umberto Eco It was first published in October 2010; the English translation by

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    Eco We have a limit a very discouraging humiliating limit death That's why we like all the things that we assume have no limits and therefore no end It's a way of escaping thoughts about death We like lists because we don'

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    Eco makes abundant use of his prolific academic training to animate 19th Century history while applying delightful postmodern chicanery to blur fact and fiction as well as finesse the whole with a protagonist suffering an identity crisis which can only be resolved through recourse to the theory and application of

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    Plausible Witty Satirical Challenging Educational You should see my Google search history early in the book I realized I knew a few of the major players not well and none of the others at all so I Googled every name and plac

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    Don't consider it a spoiler that in the afterword Eco claims that most of this book is true or as true as can be surmised from a patchwork of h

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    I like to try to pretend I’m not a literature snob I like to try to pretend that all I care about in a book is a good story that g

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    I had a month to read this book for the Nairobi 1st Thurs book club To say I was disappointed is a gross understatement I don't even know where to begin The incessant ramblings the disconnected continuationThis was the result of a wo

  10. says:

    Gather up every conceivable prejudice and a discriminating thought against most of the significant nations or groups in 19 century Europe Spice it well with history add some culinary recipes stir well and cook slowly on medium heat for about five hundred pages adding gradually a number of conspiracy theories to your taste If you follow this

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Il cimitero di Praga

Nineteenth century Europe from Turin to Prague to Paris abounds with the ghastly and the mysterious Conspiracies rule history Jesuits plot against Freemasons Italian republicans strangle priests with their own intestines French criminals plan bombings by day and celebrate Black Masse. A mystic is a hysteric who has met her confessor before her doctor Umberto Eco The Prague CemeterySo I dropped one star because first I was a little disappointed that none of the stars on Goodreads were upside down pentagrams or hexagrams Also second I left off one star because by about page 400 I was drained of all my anti Semitic antibodies The crazy fundamentalism fractured insanity and conspiracy rich shadows of anti Jewish attitudes in Europe during the 100 years from the mid 1800s till Hitler s Final Solution just isn t easy to stomach for me after 400 pages How am I going to ever read The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich Ugh OK so that explains my missing star relegated to the sewer Now to what I liked First Eco is kinda amazing This is my second of his novels I read Foucault s Pendulum years and years ago and love how he folds in the real with his fiction He makes Dan Brown seem like some half literate child who can only read travel guides to Europe Eco is the master of conspiracy grey history Jesuits Freemasons Carbonari Garibaldi Satan and international anarchism to boot Plus he really knows food I disagree with Theo Tate s take on Eco using Updike as a hammer when he says that Eco s orgy of citation and paraphrase is unbearable It wasn t the DETAIL that killed me but the necessary rantings of Eco s fictional dual narrators The details I uite enjoyedAnyway about 100 pages into this novel and I began to see resemblances of the book s protagonistanti hero Simone Simonini to Mark Hofman a famous Mormon forger and bomber A little creepy how close in someways these two resemble each other at least to me It all works with one of my favorite lines of the book and probably one of Eco s main themes This led me to think even then that if I wanted to sell the story of a conspiracy I didn t have to offer the buyer anything original but simply something he already knew or could find out easily in other ways People believe only what they already know and this is the beauty of the Universal Form of Conspiracy Over 25 years ago Mark Hofman figured this out when selling documents to the Mormon Church and those who pimp conspiracy theories now most certainly know too Don t sell someone something they don t know sell them what they already believe just make sure the it smells vaguely authentic Creativity isn t a must if you are a forgeror selling a conspiracy just if you are Umberto Eco Eco could teach Jason Matthews the art of how to delicately introduce gastronomes into a novel

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S at night Every nation has its own secret service perpetrating forgeries plots and massacres From the unification of Italy to the Paris Commune to the Dreyfus Affair to The Protocols of the Elders of Zion Europe is in tumult and everyone needs a scapegoat But what if behind all of t. Plausible Witty Satirical Challenging Educational You should see my Google search history early in the book I realized I knew a few of the major players not well and none of the others at all so I Googled every name and place I came across and discovered that this is a well researched book No wasted words no ornamentation tight prose a well crafted story on many levels More accessible than earlier books or maybe I m getting better at researching Read this book Take out your smartphone and put it through its paces for supporting information There are connections between the characters than given by the author as the authornarrator states in the text that paraphrased touching on the faint memory of something heardread before lends plausibility to fiction and this book is a breathing example of the concept And yes there s a poke in the eye of Dan Brown or his fans anyway for the DaVinci Code almost as if Prof Eco is saying if you re going to publish a forgery this is how you do it Learn from the Master Read this book

Summary Il cimitero di Praga

Hese conspiracies both real and imagined lay one lone man What if that evil genius created its most infamous document Eco takes his readers on an unforgettable journey through the underbelly of world shattering events Eco at his most exciting a book immediately hailed as a masterpiec. I like to try to pretend I m not a literature snob I like to try to pretend that all I care about in a book is a good story that genres are meaningless and that authors who are experimental or who go to great lengths to show off their vast intellects are generally trouble than they are worth I like peeling back the layers of hype and praise piled upon popular books and to get at the soft nougat of story at the centre and judge it based on the uality of that aloneExcept all that pretending not to be pretentious falls apart the moment I have to talk about Umberto EcoI can t uite call him my favourite author because that is an absolute I don t feel comfortable using How does one necessarily compare and rank two authors whose style and range are completely different No Eco is not my all time favourite but he is unuestionably a writer of the highest calibre a literary juggernaut with all the pretentious baggage such a label implies Whenever I read something by Umberto Eco I am always struck by how incredibly smart he is His books are practically saturated with knowledge and intellect in such a way that I am immediately confronted with how little I know and I love that feeling More importantly Eco doesn t make me feel stupid as a result of this ignorance Instead his books display an evident love for knowledge a joy for life and literature a feeling so close to what I feel when I read that it s probably not a surprise I would feel so at home with these booksFor my fourth annual Eco read I chose The Prague Cemetery purely because it was published in English this year I feel a little connected by reading a book that is so recent and it definitely affected how I interpreted the story The Prague Cemetery seems almost from the beginning like it is accessible than some of Eco s other novels It certainly isn t as lengthy or as dense as The Name of the Rose or Foucault s Pendulum Yet there is a dark and very difficult aspect to The Prague Cemetery that almost made me hesitate with itThis book is venomous It opens with a misogynistic racist anti Semitic rant by the main character Captain Simonini Simonini an expatriate Italian living in France as a forger and sometime espionage expert begins recounting his childhood in Italy in the form of a diary We learn the genesis of his hatred for Jews his first involvement in forgery and espionage and eventually how he came to end up in Paris France This autobiographical narrative is as fascinating as it is repugnant Simonini s anti Semitism latches onto everything he touches spreading into his every endeavour like a virulent and pernicious weed I found several passages difficult to read because Eco does not cut corners and does not hold back he creates a main character who is in no uncertain times unlikable and unsympathetic And I still somehow found myself hoping he wouldn t get killed He is really bad at the espionage thingThen we come to chapter 5 in which the narration gets taken up by Abb Dalla Piccola And here s where it gets interesting Who is Piccola Is he an alter ego of Simonini s Or is he a person in his own right Simonini keeps waking with gaps in his memories and reading these notes from Piccola whose apartment is connected to his by a long dank corridor filled with makeup and costumes Yet as Simonini recalls his life story there are mentions of a Piccola external to him And so the identities of Simonini and Piccola and their relationship is ambiguous at least at first Ultimately Eco resolves it with uncharacteristic clarity Until then however Piccola along with the Narrator complete the novel s triumvirate of unreliable narrative voices Together these two manage to balance out the vitriolic Simonini and make the narrative interestingThe Prague Cemetery is intimately connected to European history particularly that of Italy Germany and France in the late nineteenth century Those of us whose educations are sorely lacking in this area will feel somewhat lost which is why Wikipedia is such a valuable resource Reading about the unification of Italy and France under Napoleon III gave me a glimpse into why Eco might be so fascinated by conspiracy theory Sensationalist rhetoric of authors like Dan Brown aside conspiracy underpins much of European history never far away as one reads about the intricate intrigue that brought down kings and ueens priests and pontiffs And Eco places Simonini right in the middle of it first embedding him with the Carbonari and Garibaldi s red shorts then transplanting him to France on the eve of the Franco Prussian warSimonini s experience as a forger means that his superiors expected him to produce evidence that would support the agenda of the month Communists socialists or monarchists it didn t matter you name them and Simonini would fabricate something to implicate them He goes as far as actually constructing conspiracies of his own in order to expose them to his superiors Simonini is delightfully devious much too devious in fact for his own good He invariably incurs the displeasure of his superiors which is why he found himself in France in the first placeUltimately Simonini becomes obsessed with marketing a manuscript This manuscript finally becomes The Protocols of the Elders of Zion a real fraudulent document Set in the eponymous and eerie cemetery in Prague the manuscript purports to disclose the plans of Jewish leaders for world domination This is Simonini s masterpiece a story woven from ideas culled from fiction and non fiction throughout the past century created in such a way as to appear legitimate enough for those who might have a use for anti Semitic propaganda And though he knows it is his own fabrication Simonini is utterly convinced of the document s veracity in spirit He does not doubt that a Zionist conspiracy for world domination exists and is in motion and so he feels justified in manufacturing evidence that exposes this truth Eco brilliantly takes us into the mind of a conspiracy theorist and an anti Semite exposing the psychology of such a personThe document that becomes The Protocols is but one example of the larger set of conspiracies that bloom in the shadows of European politics Through Simonini we see how various groups from intelligence offices to the Jesuits make use of conspiracy theories and propaganda to suit their own ends essentially Eco weaves conspiracies about conspiracies And the most successful participants in these political games are those who do not have or at least do not indulge their personal enmities toward different groups Simonini s passionate hatred of Jews is a liability because it warps his every action and provides a motivation that could sometimes be political inconvenient Even as his Russian contacts discuss using the Jews as scapegoats because they happen to be around Simonini s French handler initially tells him that they aren t interested in pursuing anti Semitic propaganda for now There s a cold blooded calculated ruthless side to all this hate speech that often seems to get lost at least in my opinion when viewed through the lens of the world after the Second World War For some of these people hating Jews wasn t personal it was just part of the job and only when expedientAlthough it ends about thirty years prior to the rise of the Nazis The Prague Cemetery foreshadows the rising wave of anti Semitism in Europe World War II is rather like a singularity in that sometimes it is difficult to look at the history leading up to it and not be influenced by what came after We concentrated so much on anti Semitism during and after World War II that we never really discussed how it was already a regular feature in Europe by the time Hitler came on the scene So I appreciate being reminded of this fact and seeing a depiction of anti Semitic attitudes prior to the Holocaust The Prague Cemetery offers an interesting historical perspective in addition to all its fascinating fixations with conspiracy and religionFinally we have the mystery surrounding Simonini himself Who is he and how is he related to the Abb Dalla Piccola The Prague Cemetery reminded me of The Island of the Day Before Both feature a character who might be imaginary in both the narrative is the reconstruction by an unnamed Narrator of papers written by the main character And there are echoes of Eco s other works as well his recurring themes running strongly throughout this book For all that is recognizably Eco however The Prague Cemetery remains fresh and original Eco s books are difficult There s no uestion about that I mean he s a semiotician so he is fascinated by symbols and meaning and that s obvious from the way his works experiment with the nature of storytelling and of fiction itself In his postscript to The Name of the Rose he talks about how the first hundred pages were designed to construct the reader he needed for the rest of the novel and yeah that s a little condescending So I can see why people would be unwilling to invest the mental effort needed to digest Eco s books and I don t blame them But you don t know what you might be missing until you try So at the risk of destroying my illusions that I am anything other than a literature snob I have to extol Umberto Eco as a writer Because for me the feeling I get reading an Eco book is as close to the feeling I imagine I should have reading any book I don t know if that makes any sense there s just something about the way Eco writes that makes me hyper aware of the act of reading yet does not detract from my enjoyment of the text itself Eco s books embody the pleasure that should be implicit in the act of reading and I can think of no higher praise to give a writer

About the Author: Umberto Eco

Umberto Eco was an Italian writer of fiction essays academic texts and children's books A professor of semiotics at the University of Bologna Eco’s brilliant fiction is known for its playful use of language and symbols its astonishing array of allusions and references and clever use of puzzles and narrative inventions His perceptive essays on modern culture are filled with a delightful sen