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Umberto Eco wurde in der Stadt Alessandria in der italienischen Region Piemont geboren, genau in der Mitte des von Mailand, Genua und Turin gebildeten Dreiecks. Bevor er gezwungen wurde, in drei Kriegen zu kämpfen, war sein Vater, Giulio Eco, Buchhalter. Während des Zweiten Weltkriegs zogen der junge Umberto und seine Mutter in ein Dorf in den Piemontesser Bergen. Eco erhielt seine Schulbildung bei den Salesianern, und sowohl in seinem Werk als auch in Interviews finden sich Bezugnahmen auf diesen Orden. Sein Familienname soll ein Akronym des lateinischen: ex caelis oblatus (ein Geschenk des Himmels) sein, den sein Großvater (ein Findelkind) von einem städtischen Beamten erhielt. Sein Vater stammte aus einer Familie mit dreizehn Kindern und wünschte, daß Umberto Jura studieren sollte,, aber stattdessen besuchte er an der Universitäte Turin Veranstaltungen über mittelalterliche Philosophie und Literatur. Umbertos Dissertation behandelte Thomas von Aquin und brachte ihm 1954 den Abschluß in Philosophie. In that period, Eco abandoned the Roman Catholic Church after a crisis of faith. Following this, Eco worked as a cultural editor for RAI, Radiotelevisione Italiana, the state broadcasting station, he also became a lecturer at the University of Turin (1956–64). A group of avant-garde artists—painters, musicians, writers—whom he had befriended at RAI (Gruppo 63) became an important and influential component in Eco's future writing career. This was especially true after the publication of his first book in 1956, Il problema estetico di San Tommaso, which was an extension of his doctoral thesis. This also marked the beginning of his lecturing career at his alma mater. In September 1962, he married Renate Ramge, a German art teacher with whom he has a son and a daughter. He divides his time between an apartment in Milan and a vacation house near Rimini. He has a 30,000 volume library in the former and a 20,000 volume library in the latter.
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