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The Prague Cemetery By Umberto Eco

Sorry to do this folks, but a work commitment (Stupid, Stupid Conference) will keep me busy Monday Night-so Alas, I have to make a switch to Tuesday. Please adjust your RSVP if this is a problem.


OK, this is it I promise. This book at around 450 pages is a bit longer than one of our usual books-but someone asked for some Eco-and its his most recent, shortest, and got really good reviews.

The Prague Cemetery (original title: Il cimitero di Praga) is the sixth novel by Italian author Umberto Eco. It was first published in October 2010; the English translation by Richard Dixon appeared a year later. Shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize in 2012, it was described as Eco's best novel since The Name of the Rose.

In all honestly I knew I had to read this book when I read that The main character, Simone Simonini, is a man whom Eco claims he had tried to make into the most cynical and disagreeable character in all the history of literature.

I was sold.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    a difficult book but a good discussion

    August 28, 2013

  • Sara M.

    I really wanted to go and tried to but it's just impossible to do this on this particular night. I have tickets to a show tonight that I got like two months ago! Next time!

    August 27, 2013

  • Amy H.

    I.E. the bloodletters daughter!

    August 19, 2013

  • Amy H.

    Hey all. Tired of trying to find people to start a book club with, so hope to join yours! I do enjoy Historical fiction! Hope to meet up soon!

    August 19, 2013

  • Andrea

    I read one page of this book and I had to put it down. I hope everyone enjoys the discussion.

    August 15, 2013

  • Jesse B.

    It might interest people to know that almost all the characters other than the main character in this book are real historical figures, and almost all of the events really happened. There is a bit about it at the end of the book. I found it interesting to look people up on wikipedia as I was going.

    August 14, 2013

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