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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 Universität Turin Veranstaltungen über mittelalterliche Philosophie und Literatur. Umbertos Dissertation behandelte Thomas von Aquin und brachte ihm 1954 den Abschluß in Philosophie. Zu dieser Zeit trat Eco nach einer Glaubenskrise aus der katholischen Kirche aus. Anschließend arbeitete Eco als Kulturredakteur für die RAI, außerdem erhielt er einen Lehrauftrag an der Universität Turin (1956–64). Eine Gruppe von Avantgardekünstlern—Maler, Musiker, Schriftsteller—, mit denen er sich während seiner Zeit bei der RAI befreundet hatte (Gruppo 63) gewann großen Einfluß auf Ecos schriftstellerische Laufbahn. 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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