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Also available as: Nineteenth-century Europe—from Turin to Prague to Paris—abounds with the ghastly and the mysterious. Jesuits plot against Freemasons. Italian republicans strangle priests with their own intestines. French criminals plan bombings by day and celebrate Black Masses at night. Every nation has its own secret service, perpetrating forgeries, plots, and massacres. Conspiracies rule history.
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I laughed and laughed. The scene in the cemetery could only …more Eco has made hate -- anti-Semitism -- farcical, absurd, as indeed it should be understood.
The scene in the cemetery could only be taken seriously by demented minds as, unfortunately, it was. I enjoyed this book, in part for its astute portrayal of events in 19th century Europe, but also its incredibly black humor.
I found it dense at times, but I realized over time that it brought perspective to the way we shape, adopt and live by conspiracy theories. Those theories routinely degrade the class of people that they target. I think Eco wanted to make that relevant to us in these times. Do you agree? I'll go even further and say that Mr. Eco was not just commenting on conspiracy theories, but how various media outlets can …more I aboslutely agree. Eco was not just commenting on conspiracy theories, but how various media outlets can distort or amplify aspects of everyday events to meet the demands of their own agenda.
The competing journals and newsletters you see in this book can easyly be seen filling the role that mass media networks, and social media fill today. Providing a custom reality to serve the echo chamber needs of the audience. See all 4 questions about The Prague Cemetery…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. Sort order. Nov 23, Jeffrey Keeten rated it really liked it Shelves: In the s 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 more from his readers and more importantly had faith in his readership. These are books that need to be read many times and each time the reader will develop a better understanding of the writer's intentions. Th In the s 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.
This brings me to The Prague Cemetery. Typical of an Eco book it took me a little while to settle in and fine tune my thoughts to pay proper attention and to relax so that Eco could take me where he wanted me to go. This man is Simone Simonini. He is a murderer, double agent, triple agent, but more importantly he is the man that can provide the documentation that proves that one side of a conflict is justified in their quest for power.
In other words he is a master forger. He finds his calling while apprenticed to a lawyer named Rebaudengo. He learns the fine art of providing the "missing" paperwork for a baptismal record that would allow an inheritance to be obtained or the "missing" will of a family patriarch who may have perished unexpectedly.
Rebaudengo explained. The proper paperwork miraculously is produced that exposes a "fraud" perpetrated by Rebaudengo and he is swiftly convicted and sent to prison. Simone is the type of gentleman that governments find uses for and he is greedy enough not to be worried about the consequences of his actions.
He becomes a forger, mercenary for hire. He provides documents that fan the flames of racism and cultism that leads to genocide and in one case the temporary toppling of a foreign government. He steals from his employers and from his agents working both sides of the equation to net as much money as possible for himself. He is a man without a moral compass except in the case of Abbe Dalla Piccola. Piccola became an inconvenience for Simone during one of his clandestine missions and Simone as he tended to do when cleaning up a problem, killed him.
Simone becomes, unknowingly to himself, so out of sorts over the murder of Piccola that Piccola is actually resurrected in his own mind creating for a time a split personality.
Simone becomes more aware of the Abbe as they begin sharing a diary and the missing time that Simone is experience is revealed in the dairy entries made by the Piccola personality. The book is liberally sprinkled with sketches of the characters involved really evoking a Victorian Dickens feel to the novel. I found this book much more accessible than other Eco novels and actually laughed out loud a couple of times.
Back in I had planned to meet Umberto Eco. He was touring for Baudolino and was planning to come to the West Coast. Unfortunately due to health reasons he only finished his East Coast engagements and did not come to California. I did pick up a copy of Baudolino from an East Coast bookseller flat signed by Dr. Flat signed is preferred by collectors because the book was actually in the hands of the author.
A book plate, signed by the author, does not have the same value to collectors. If you wish to see more of my most recent book and movie reviews, visit http: View all 58 comments. Jan 03, Darwin8u rated it really liked it Shelves: Also second , I left off one star because by about page , 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 years from the mids till Hitler's Final Solution just isn't easy to stomach for me after pages. 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. The details I quite enjoyed. 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: People believe only what they already know, and this is the beauty of the Universal Form of Conspiracy. Don't sell someone something they don't know, sell them what they already believe Creativity isn't a must if you are a forger View all 16 comments.
Il cimitero di Praga is the sixth novel by Italian author Umberto Eco. It was first published in October ; the English translation by Richard Dixon appeared a year later. The main character is Simone Simonini, a man whom Eco claims he has tried to make into the most cynical and disagreeable character in all the history of literature and is the only fictional character in the novel.
He was born in Turin in His mother died while he was still a child and his father was killed in fighting for a united Italy. He is brought up by his grandfather, an old reactionary who houses Jesuit refugees and hates the Jews — he claims that the French Revolution was planned by the Knights Templar, the Bavarian Illuminati and the Jacobins, but behind them all, he says, were the Jews.
View 1 comment. View all 8 comments. Nov 29, Michael May rated it liked it Shelves: Umberto Eco's new novel The Prague Cemetery is a fictional account of the origins of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion , a fake document first published at the turn of the 20th century which claims to reveal a Jewish plot to take over the world.
Even though the text was proven to be a forgery in the early s, Adolf Hitler and the Nazis used The Protocols as justification for the Holocaust. The Protocols continued to be published after World War II, and is thought to be "the most the most wid Umberto Eco's new novel The Prague Cemetery is a fictional account of the origins of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion , a fake document first published at the turn of the 20th century which claims to reveal a Jewish plot to take over the world.
The Protocols continued to be published after World War II, and is thought to be "the most the most widely circulated work in the world after The Bible. Simonini draws on his own many misdeeds, for example his fabrication of evidence used in the Dreyfus Affair, in composing his penultimate work, a masterpiece forgery which scapegoats Jews for Europe's upheavals. Sounds pretty straightforward, eh?
Well, in order to tie all of this together, the story is told by an unidentified narrator who comments wryly on Simonini's diary which in turn includes disconcerting entries by a third character, the Abbe Dalla Piccola, who may or may not be Simonini's split personality.
The narrator does not fail to note the humor in this confusion: It had once been a restaurant for coachmen and servants and now served le tout Paris at its tables. The mere mention of these names makes me feel that life is worth living Expensive, but superb. But someone who came from the Steppes may well have tucked into choucroute with the same enthusiasm. How can one not enjoy a true-to-life novel which includes "sewers filled with corpses, ships that explode in the region of an erupting volcano, abbots stabbed to death, notaries with fake beards, hysterical female Satanists, the celebrants of black Masses, and so on"?
I especially enjoyed the contemporary illustrations, which are reminiscent of Sidney Paget's original drawings of Sherlock Holmes in Strand Magazine. My only criticism is that while The Prague Cemetery focuses on the roots of modern anti-Semitism, Umberto Eco seems uninterested in seriously examining the profound suffering it causes. Instead, Eco is satisfied in his belief that his fiction is more real and devious than Dan Brown's. If, like me, your knowledge of 19th century European politics, religion, and literature is a little rusty, you might start off with the graphic novel The Plot: View all 3 comments.
View all 12 comments. Nov 04, Owlseyes rated it really liked it Shelves: 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't want to die". Eco in an interview of , said he had Eco: Eco in an interview of , said he had "put in his [Simone Simonini] mouth a lot of abominous ideas [anti-Semitic, racism] Very European context.
March , piazza Maubert, near Paris, Paris is not what it used to be, now with this pencil-sharpener called Eiffel Tower He wonders about his identity: He defines himself by reference to others' defects. He bashes rudely at other races and peoples. He repels, grossly, the Germans: The Germans took seriously that glutinous monk called Luther. The French, are also criticized: Italians as well.
And yet, Simone's father was Italian and his mother a French woman. Simonini became French because he could not stand being Italian: Italians are "liars" and "vile" and "traitors".
Nevertheless, he's got "nothing against" the Hebrew people; his grandfather captain Simonini taught him: Simone Simonini recalls eighteen centuries of hate, though.
But the worst of all are the Jesuits Jesuits are "Masons dressed as women". Thus, he considers himself to be a chaste man since he doesn't like women. He loves food and drink.
Simonini is a forgerer of documents and an antiques dealer. Strangely, he's got memory problems; even personality issues: There's a corridor connecting the two homes, and one day Simonini finds a wig And this was Chapter Two of Eco's book.
Chapter Three deals with acquaintances of the forgerer at the famous restaurant "Magny". Interesting references are made to the study of hysteria, the use of magnetism by some and hypnosis by others for the treatment of the psychiatric condition.
Again, the antiques dealer digresses about the Hebrews, their smell The case of Diana is introduced: Chapter Four: Grandfather told him about the madness of the Revolution,….
Also about his connections to Augustin de Barruel Simone discloses his pleasure wearing the vests of priest Bergamaschi,how he felt superior Amazing Chapter Five: He knows more about Simonini than the other way around. He reveals that Simonini was an active "Mason" that he belonged to the Carbonaria. A Simonini that in the previous chapter was so critical about Masonnery aims: The Freemasons wanted to destroy both "altar and throne".
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