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Some of it. The Name of the Rose is considered a masterpiece of medieval historical fiction. Baudolino is a little more impenetrable, perhaps, but is definitely historical fiction (also medieval). The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana might be considered historical fiction - it takes place in Fascist Italy.
Kant and the Platypus: Essays on Language and Cognition
How to Travel with a Salmon and Other Essays
and several other titles are decidedly not in that category.
I just read Prague Cemetery. Does anybody out there like this new book? The drawings were striking. I have seen many 19th century drawings like this in other works. Is there anything analogous to this in the 20th or 21st centuries?
I'm about page 320 of The Prague Cemetery and loving it.
Is there anything analogous to this in the 20th or 21st centuries?
Presuming you're asking about the story as opposed to the drawings, which I agree are striking, I would point you towards 54 by Wu Ming. It is not as learned or accademic as The Prague Cemetery but it has the same weaving of a fictional line through the tapestry of history. In the case of 54 the authors (Wu Ming is a consortium of Italian authors) tell the story of Yugoslavia and how the Western powers were trying to woo him away from Soviet influence.
Another historical fiction book that I enjoyed very much was Stone's Fall by Iain Pears. It tells the story of an English industralist who dies early in the twentieth century.
You might also, if you haven't already done so, look at Umberto Eco's own work, The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana which, as Gwendydd states above, looks at Fascist Italy during WWII. In this book Eco uses a similar device as that he uses in The Prague Cemetery, i.e. someone struggling with amnesia and unravelling the story of the past as he/they remember things. (Of course, I have not finished The Prague Cemetery yet and Eco could have fooled me thus far.)
In answer to your question, "Yes!", somebody out here likes this new book.
I hope my comments have been of interest to you.
Edited to add: Oh! I see you have read The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana and will be familiar with the work of Wu Ming having read Q.
I loved Q and really enjoyed 54. Manituana was ok, but nothing like the other two.
I would be interested in similar drawings from the 20th and 21st centuries, and in similar novels from the 20th and 21st centuries. But at the moment when I wrote that, I was thinking of the drawings. I will look into Wu Ming and 54 at your recommendation. Q was very enjoyable, however, learning more about the suffering of German people during the Wars of Religion was shocking. For an unarmed helpless peasant, the army and security forces arrayed against them must have been apocalyptic.
I think every young person around the world who has had the opportunity to retain all of their comic books from their youth is indeed fortunate. Quite a few of us saw them get tossed, by our parents, or, even worse, ourselves.
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