Umberto Eco: "The Prague Cemetery"
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Author and academic Umberto Eco set his first international best-seller, "The Name of the Rose" in a medieval monastery. His latest novel takes place in 19th century Europe. Eco says all of its characters - except the protagonist – really existed. He describes this character as the most cynical and disagreeable in the history of literature. A spy and forger, he acts as a murderous double agent within Garibaldi’s army, presents an eyewitness account of the Paris Commune, helps to falsely incriminate Captain Alfred Dreyfus and eventually produces the fraudulent anti-Semitic text which Hitler used to justify his "Final Solution." Umberto eco and Diane discuss the role of fiction, consipracy and true events difficult to believe actually happened.
author of five novels, including "The Name of the Rose" and "Foucault's Pendulum," as well as numerous essays.