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The Prague cemetery by Umberto Eco

The Prague cemetery (original 2010; edition 2011)

by Umberto Eco, Richard Dixon

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Title:The Prague cemetery
Authors:Umberto Eco
Other authors:Richard Dixon
Info:Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011.
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The Prague Cemetery by Umberto Eco (2010)


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This was an intense, original, and highly detailed historical fiction book. The narrator is fictitious in nature, but all the supporting characters (and their purported actions) are defined as real. It is about hatred, obsession, and corruption. The book deals with antisemitism, secret societies, governments, orders, and appalling people. It ties them all together in an arc to create a portrait of a despicable human being that serves to destroy rather than create, to decimate instead of supporting growth. It was quite a book and is laudable for its inception, duration, and finish.

4.25 stars- well worth reading! ( )
  DanielSTJ | Jul 1, 2019 |
I like Eco's writing style, but I didn't like anything else about it. ( )
  tronella | Jun 22, 2019 |
so much great stuff but then in the end I didn't transcend anything so.... ( )
  soraxtm | Jun 18, 2019 |
Eco, Umberto (2010). Il cimitero di Praga. Milano: Bompiani. 2010.

Ci sono libri, si usa dire, che ti cambiano per sempre, dopo che li hai letti. Ci sono anche libri che ti scorrono sopra senza lasciare traccia, come l'acqual sulla livrea di una foca o sul culo di un'anatra. Con il solo rimpianto che, forse, avresti potutto occupare meglio il tuo tempo. Il cimitero di Praga appartiene a questa seconda categoria.

Ho provato a cercare di capire perché il professor Eco, uomo celebre e benestante, abbia voluto scrivere un libro del genere. La sua fama accademica è assicurata e nota anche a chi non ha mai messo piede all'università né ha mai letto un saggio. Come romanziere, la fortuna gli è toccata fin dal suo debutto con il nome della rosa, da cui è stato tratta anche un film di una certa fortuna presso pubblico e critica. Il messaggio del libro (il falso dei Protocolli dei Savi di Sion è stato probabilmente influente nell'antisemitismo del XX secolo) è noto e lo stesso Eco ne ha scritto in più occasioni, anche su L'Espresso. Anche il gioco post-moderno di comporre un romanzo come un mosaico o un collage di brani tratti da altri testi è un gioco ormai frusto, di cui lo stesso Eco ci ha dato altri esempi: senza scomodare Queneau e Perec e l'OuLiPo, c'è l'esempio nazionale, recente e meglio riuscito della Storia romantica di Antonio Scurati (da me recensita qui). ( )
  Boris.Limpopo | Apr 29, 2019 |
The Protocols of the Elders of Zion just keep marching on. Barely repackaged, these noisome spirits persist and return with a fury. Danilo Kis composed a story along this thematic trajectory in his collection Encyclopedia of the Dead. Paranoiac pamphlets have always elected not to invent but rather recycle. I would grade Eco's effort a five-plus given the magnificent illustrations throughout. This is a distillation of all that is sublime in Umberto Eco.
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  jonfaith | Feb 22, 2019 |
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Eco's mastery of the milieu is evident on every page of "The Prague Cemetery."
If the creation of Simone Simonini is meant to suggest that behind the credibility-straining history lurks a sick spirit compounded of equal parts self-serving cynicism and irrational malice, who can argue? And even if the best parts of “The Prague Cemetery” are those he did not invent, Eco is to be applauded for bringing this stranger-than-fiction truth vividly to life.
The real story, then, is one that “The Prague Cemetery” hints at but does not for all its polymath erudition manage to capture: our impotence in the face of an obvious forgery, an absurd pastiche against which the ramparts of reason afford astonishingly feeble protection.
added by rab1953 | editHa'Aretz, Benjamin Balint (Nov 17, 2011)
Eco’s 19th century shocker has an Italian, Captain Simonini, as the man responsible, the only fictional character in the book. The story involves Freemasons against Catholics, Garibaldi against the Bourbons, Russian spies, German double agents, murky murders, plotting prelates, black masses and orgies. If all this sounds like a richly sensational read, you couldn’t be more wrong.
added by Shortride | editDaily Mail, John Harding (Nov 17, 2011)
Simonini’s as disgraceful as they come, and those who feel the need to bond with a narrator will be instantly put off by this novel. But “The Prague Cemetery” isn’t trying to make us feel better about ourselves. It’s meant to remind us of the dangers of complacency and credulousness. It’s meant to be unsettling. And by that measure, it’s a huge success.

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Eco, Umbertoprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Arenas Noguera, CarmeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Boeke, YondTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dixon, RichardTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Since these episodes are necessary, indeed form a central part of any historical account, we have included the execution of one hundred citizens hanged in the public square, two friars burned alive, and the appearance of a comet—all descriptions that are worth a hundred tournaments and have the merit of diverting the reader's mind as much as possible from the principal action.

—Carlo Tenca, La ca' dei cani, 1840
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A passerby on that gray morning in March 1897, crossing, at his own risk and peril, place Maubert, or the Maub, as it was known in criminal circles (formerly a center of university life in the Middle Ages, when students flocked there from the Faculty of Arts in Vicus Stramineus, or rue du Fouarre, and later a place of execution for apostles of free thought such as Étienne Dolet), would have found himself in one of the few spots in Paris spared from Baron Haussmann's devastations, amid a tangle of malodorous alleys, sliced in two by the course of the Bièvre, which still emerged here, flowing out from the bowels of the metropolis, where it had long been confined, before emptying feverish, gasping and verminous into the nearby Seine.
Gli uomini non fanno mai il male così completamente ed entusiasticamente come quando lo fanno per convinzione religiosa.
La gente crede solo a quello che sa già, e questa era la bellezza della Formula Universale del Complotto.
People are never so completely and enthusiastically evil as when they act out of religious conviction
Listening doesn't mean trying to understand. Anything, however trifling, may be of use one day. What matters is to know something that others don't know you know.
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Op grootse wijze neemt Umberto Eco in zijn nieuwe, grote roman De begraafplaats van Praag de misschien wel meest megalomane eeuw aller tijden onder handen: de negentiende eeuw. Plaatsen van handeling: Turijn, Palermo en Parijs.De geschriftvervalser Simone Simonini is een nauwkeurig observator van zijn eigen tijd. En hij ziet veel: een hysterische sataniste, een abt die twee keer sterft, lijken in een Parijs riool, jezuïeten die samenspannen tegen vrijmetselaars, vrijmetselaars en Mazzinianen die priesters wurgen met hun eigen darmen, de krombenige, aan artrose lijdende Italiaanse held Garibaldi, de bloedbaden tijdens de Parijse Commune van 1871 waar zelfs pasgeboren ratjes worden gegeten, onwelriekende kotten waar tussen de absintdampen bomexplosies en volksopstanden worden voorbereid, nepbaarden, zogenaamde notarissen, valse testamenten, diabolische broederschappen en zwarte missen. Simonini ziet veel, maar hij maakt nog veel meer mee, en bijna als vanzelf wordt hij steeds dieper betrokken in het complot dat zal leiden tot de lasterlijke Protocollen van de Wijzen van Zion, die de gehele twintigste eeuw het antisemitisme zullen aanwakkeren.Maar de vraag is of Simonini er alleen maar zijdelings bij betrokken is. Is zijn invloed niet veel groter? De Protocollen zijn een vervalsing, maar van wie precies?

De begraafplaats van Praag is een aangrijpende en belangrijke roman, die een verontrustend licht werpt op het historische en politieke Europa van de negentiende eeuw, met zijn complotten, aanslagen en samenzweringen.

Umberto Eco (Alessandria, 5 januari 1932) is een van de bekendste en succesvolste schrijvers van Europa. Dertig jaar geleden werd hij wereldberoemd met zijn historische roman De naam van de roos, die miljoenen lezers zou betoveren, en die werd verfilmd met Sean Connery in de hoofdrol. Van De begraafplaats van Praag werden in Italie binnen enkele weken al meer dan een half miljoen exemplaren verkocht, en het boek zal verschijnen in 35 landen.
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"19th-century Europe--from Turin to Prague to Paris--abounds with the ghastly and the mysterious. Jesuits plot against Freemasons. In Italy, republicans strangle priests with their own intestines. In France, during the Paris Commune, people eat mice, plan bombings and rebellions in the streets, and celebrate Black Masses. Every nation has its own secret service, perpetrating conspiracies and even massacres. There are false beards, false lawyers, false wills, even false deaths. From the Dreyfus Affair to the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, the Jews are blamed for everything. One man connects each of these threads into a massive crazy-quilt conspiracy within conspiracies. Here, he confesses all, thanks to Umberto Eco's ingenious imagination--a thrill-ride through the underbelly of actual, world-shattering events. "--

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