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The Name of the Rose (1980)

by Umberto Eco

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In 1327, Franciscans in a wealthy Italian abbey are suspected of heresy, and Brother William of Bakersville arrives to investigate. His delicate mission is overshadowed by seven bizarre deaths that take place in the same number of days, and Brother William must turn detective to sort things out.
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    Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco (ehines, hankreardon, Sensei-CRS)
    ehines: Surprised not to find this way up on Name of the Rose's rec list. FP is a much more recent period piece--the period is marked by 1968 as Name of the Rose's is marked by the emergence of the Franciscans. Well done look at the conspiratorial mindset.
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    Dissolution by C. J. Sansom (Caramellunacy)
    Caramellunacy: Both feature ghastly murders in a monastery in a time of religious conflict and turmoil. The Name of the Rose (medieval Italy) is more philosophical, while Dissolution (Tudor England) is more of a straight-forward historical mystery. Both offer interesting insights into the political and religious issues of the times.… (more)
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    The Key to The Name of the Rose: Including Translations of All Non-English Passages by Adele J. Haft (Taphophile13)
  4. 91
    Baudolino by Umberto Eco (aces)
  5. 92
    The Club Dumas by Arturo Pérez-Reverte (mrcmrc)
  6. 71
    The Quincunx by Charles Palliser (Booksloth)
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    An Instance of the Fingerpost by Iain Pears (Booksloth)
  8. 74
    My Name Is Red by Orhan Pamuk (adithyajones, IamAleem)
    adithyajones: Both of them are historical mystery fiction but both are not plain vanilla whodunits rather serious books which looks at the life at that time in minute detail
  9. 74
    The Secret History by Donna Tartt (girlunderglass)
    girlunderglass: Two words: mystery + learned men (in The Name of the Rose, scholars of ecclesiastical books, in TSH of ancient Greek books)
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    Fictions by Jorge Luis Borges (Oct326)
    Oct326: C'è molto Borges nel "Nome della Rosa". Se qualcuno ha letto il secondo ma non il primo, sarebbe un'ottima idea leggere "Finzioni": vi (ri)troverà la biblioteca labirintica, le disquisizioni teologiche, l'inchiesta con la falsa pista, e altri motivi che hanno mirabilmente (mi vien da dire: vertiginosamente) ispirato Eco.… (more)
  11. 10
    Saggi su Il nome della rosa by Renato Giovannoli (Oct326)
  12. 10
    Possession: A Romance by A. S. Byatt (KayCliff)
    KayCliff: Both books are cited by Michael Dirda as examples of antiquarian romance.
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    Zwischen Utopie und Wirklichkeit: Konstruierte Sprachen für die globalisierte Welt by Jennifer Bretz (gangleri)
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    Headlong by Michael Frayn (KayCliff)
    KayCliff: Both books are cited by Michael Dirda as examples of antiquarian romance.
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    Shadow & Claw: The First Half of The Book of the New Sun by Gene Wolfe (LamontCranston)
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    The Secret Supper by Javier Sierra (Limelite)
    Limelite: Two clerics sent to investigate mysterious and secretive goings on in abbeys find death and revelation as they successfully untangle and avert the web of church politics and conflicts over man's greatest artistic and literary heritage.
  17. 22
    Doctor Mirabilis by James Blish (bertilak)
    bertilak: Both books have subplots about the controversial teachings of Joachim of Fiore.
  18. 11
    Interred with Their Bones by Jennifer Lee Carrell (KayCliff)
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    Ex-Libris by Ross King (roby72)
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    A Time to Keep Silence by Patrick Leigh Fermor (Laura400)
    Laura400: A brief book that relates this 20th Century author's travels to four monasteries, including extended stays in two French Benedictine monasteries. It is not a mystery or a book like "The Name of The Rose." But it is a nice meditation on a way of life that appears nearly unchanged over the centuries.… (more)

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I wanted to read this after the film came out, as historical "whodunnits" attract me.[return][return]However, I was not able to get very far, as I found the language impenitrable. I dont know if this is Eco's fault, or that of the Italian to English Translator. I was therefore unable to get very far and had to leave it aside.
  nordie | Apr 18, 2022 |
Uno dei più bei libri che abbia mai letto!! La capacità di scrittura di Eco si esprime al massimo in questo libro. Un uso del linguaggio da vero maestro ..metafore, descrizioni, etc rendono questo libro un capolavoro.

Juuuust perfect! There are so many events happening in this book, all combined with such a great sense of observation, knowledge, judgement of all on earth, above and in the imagination. I was flabbergasted of how baleful and magical the plot was.. The Name of the Rose scales the immeasurability of knowledge, imagination, and reality. Umberto Eco uses the study of language and symbols, ensnared in a fictive murder mystery, to illuminate to the reader the similarities and differences between what we consider as reality and what actually is. It’s odd how transcendent this book is..you’re tracing your own footsteps back in time, but also forward, for what’s to come.
This personification of human complexity and contradiction in thought, feeling, and emotion is why The Name of the Rose draws from many wells. It tackles religion, epistemology, politics, philosophy, and psychology.

The Name of the Rose will always endure on my shelf as a mysteriously potent novel that is about everything and nothing at all..it turns the world upside down... ( )
1 vote kseniiiag | Apr 14, 2022 |
En el tema de las intrigas es claro y envuelve bien en los misterios. Esta bien escrito sus palabras denotan una prosa y un sentido bien estructurado que se disfruta.
Lo que no disfrute son las innumerables explicaciones teologicas antiguas, de historia, de pensamientos, si bien estan escritos correctamente no me suman demasiado en la historia, salvo pasajes que luego se necesitan para la comprension global de la trama. Me hizo largo el libro.
No es una mala novela, simplemente no soy del todo el publico que necesita, hubiese conocido a los personajes con menos texto de la misma forma. ( )
  Enzokolis | Jan 17, 2022 |
The film is good, but the book is much better - on account of exactly those passages which for obvious reasons were omitted from the film. A very credible study on how people (especially monks) thought in the 12th century. (Could do with a glossary of all the Latin and other foreign-language phrases though.) ( )
  Stravaiger64 | Dec 15, 2021 |
  revirier | Dec 13, 2021 |
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The Name of the Rose is a monumental exercise in mystification by a fun-loving scholar.
added by Shortride | editTime, Patricia Blake (Jun 13, 1983)
One may find some of the digressions a touch self-indulgent... yet be carried along by Mr. Eco's knowledge and narrative skills. And if at the end the solution strikes the reader as more edifying than plausible, he has already received ample compensation from a richly stocked and eminently civilized intelligence.
The Jesuits didn’t exist in William of Baskerville’s time, but – learned in Aquinas and Aristotle and prepared to use the empirical techniques of Roger Bacon – William would make a very good English Jesuit. Although in orders, he lacks the rotundity, Wildean paradoxicality and compassion of Father Brown, but clearly Dr Eco knows his Chesterton. Theology and criminal detection go, for some reason, well together...

I probably do not need to recommend this book to British readers. The impetus of foreign success should ensure a large readership here. Even Ulster rednecks, to say nothing of mild Anglicans who detest Christianity cooking with garlic, will feel comforted by this image of a secure age when there was an answer to everything, when small, walled society could be self-sufficient, and the only pollution was diabolic. Patriots will be pleased to find such a society in need of British pragmatism.
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Eco, Umbertoprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Alexanderson, EvaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Books are not made to be believed, but to be subjected to inquiry. When we consider a book, we mustn’t ask ourselves what it says but what it means.
There are magic moments, involving great physical fatigue and intense motor excitement, that produce visions of people known in the past. As I learned later from the delightful little book of the Abbé de Bucquoy, there are also visions of books as yet unwritten.
not infrequently, books speak of books: it is as if they spoke among themselves.
I have seen many other fragments of the cross in other churches. If all were genuine, our Lord’s torment could not have been on a couple of planks nailed together, but on an entire forest.
In my country [Austria], when you joke you say something and then you laugh very noisily so everyone shares in your joke. William [a Briton] laughed only when he said serious things, and remained very serious when he was presumably joking.
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In 1327, Franciscans in a wealthy Italian abbey are suspected of heresy, and Brother William of Bakersville arrives to investigate. His delicate mission is overshadowed by seven bizarre deaths that take place in the same number of days, and Brother William must turn detective to sort things out.

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This is a mystery wherein several deaths, presumed to be murders, are investigated by a former inquisitor, Brother William, at the request of the Abbot who wishes, for political reasons, to resolve the deaths and their attendant scandals before the arrival of a Papal delegation.
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