The Name of the Rose

The Name of the Rose

eBook - 1994
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Umberto Eco's first novel, an international sensation and winner of the Premio Strega and the Prix Médicis Étranger awardsThe year is 1327. Franciscans in a wealthy Italian abbey are suspected of heresy, and Brother William of Baskerville arrives to investigate. When his delicate mission is suddenly overshadowed by seven bizarre deaths, Brother William turns detective. His tools are the logic of Aristotle, the theology of Aquinas, the empirical insights of Roger Bacon—all sharpened to a glistening edge by wry humor and a ferocious curiosity. He collects evidence, deciphers secret symbols and coded manuscripts, and digs into the eerie labyrinth of the abbey, where "the most interesting things happen at night.""Like the labyrinthine library at its heart, this brilliant novel has many cunning passages and secret chambers . . . Fascinating . . . ingenious . . . dazzling." – Newsweek
Publisher: 1994
ISBN: 9780547575148
Branch Call Number: OverDrive ebook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Lanni_T Oct 22, 2014

Lethal feuds between emperors and popes, the Inquisition, the Albigesian Crusade, the world as a labyrinth... and a manuscript, of course...
This complex yet entertaining part historical, part whodunit book is very different than any other mystery novel. Eco is a professor of semiotics, a medievalist and a person of vast erudition--all three things very evident in this book.
His master detective is a wise and tolerant Franciscan scholar, Brother William of Baskerville. William's young apprentice, Adson of Melk, plays the role of narrator and sidekick. The mystery revolves around the last remaining copy of Aristotle’s Second book of poetics, his writings about comedy, now lost.

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