The Italian author explains how he drew on the pop culture of his youth in Fascist Italy for his latest novel. It’s the story of a middle-aged antique books dealer trying to rediscover his identity after he awakes from a stroke with amnesia.


  • Umberto Eco professor of Semiotics at the University of Bologna and the author of four novels, including "The Name of the Rose," "Foucault's Pendulum," "The Island of the Day Before," and "Baudolino" as well numerous essays.

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