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Get this from a library! The Prague cemetery. [Umberto Eco; Richard Dixon] -- From the Dreyfus Affair to the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, the Jews are blamed. Compre The Prague Cemetery (English Edition) de Umberto Eco, Richard Dixon na aracer.mobi Confira também os eBooks mais vendidos, lançamentos e. The latest novel of Umberto Eco, as is well known, recounts the tale of one Like Eco's other novels, The Prague Cemetery is specifically written in such a way.
That's why we like all the things that we assume have no limits and, therefore, no end. It's a way of escaping thoughts about death.
We like lists because we don't want to die". Eco in an interview of , said he had Eco: Eco in an interview of , said he had "put in his [Simone Simonini] mouth a lot of abominous ideas [anti-Semitic, racism] Very European context.
March , piazza Maubert, near Paris, Paris is not what it used to be, now with this pencil-sharpener called Eiffel Tower He wonders about his identity: He defines himself by reference to others' defects.
He bashes rudely at other races and peoples. He repels, grossly, the Germans: The Germans took seriously that glutinous monk called Luther. The French, are also criticized: Italians as well. And yet, Simone's father was Italian and his mother a French woman.
Simonini became French because he could not stand being Italian: Italians are "liars" and "vile" and "traitors". Nevertheless, he's got "nothing against" the Hebrew people; his grandfather captain Simonini taught him: Simone Simonini recalls eighteen centuries of hate, though.
But the worst of all are the Jesuits Jesuits are "Masons dressed as women". Thus, he considers himself to be a chaste man since he doesn't like women. He loves food and drink. Simonini is a forgerer of documents and an antiques dealer. Strangely, he's got memory problems; even personality issues: There's a corridor connecting the two homes, and one day Simonini finds a wig And this was Chapter Two of Eco's book.
Chapter Three deals with acquaintances of the forgerer at the famous restaurant "Magny". Interesting references are made to the study of hysteria, the use of magnetism by some and hypnosis by others for the treatment of the psychiatric condition. Again, the antiques dealer digresses about the Hebrews, their smell The case of Diana is introduced: Chapter Four: Grandfather told him about the madness of the Revolution,…. Also about his connections to Augustin de Barruel Simone discloses his pleasure wearing the vests of priest Bergamaschi,how he felt superior Amazing Chapter Five: He knows more about Simonini than the other way around.
He reveals that Simonini was an active "Mason" that he belonged to the Carbonaria. A Simonini that in the previous chapter was so critical about Masonnery aims: The Freemasons wanted to destroy both "altar and throne".
And chapter Six? Simonini envisions the Jesuits meeting at the Jewish cemetery in Prague; Interestingly, Bergamaschi was a counselor to the monarch. The forgerer prides himself of his first masterpiece of forgery; and later, gets his first "spy" mission: A detail: Simone is now in Sicily.
Simonini distrusts heroes…. So you think I would go on till chapter Twenty Seven? No, I won't. Just a few words of closure for this review. The Times, August 17, 4 Finally, Eco says: PS About Simone's name. In the book it is indicated why the main character got that name; someone in the family told Simone: That explains a lot.
From wiki: Simon of Trent German: Simon Unverdorben; Italian: Simonino di Trento ; also known as Simeon; — March 21, was a boy from the city of Trento, Italy whose disappearance was blamed on the leaders of the city's Jewish community based on their confessions under torture,causing a major blood libel in Europe. Dec 21st For fans of Eco: And, within two months he'll be eighty years old. View all 22 comments.
View all 6 comments. Eco makes abundant use of his prolific academic training to animate 19th Century history while applying delightful postmodern chicanery to blur fact and fiction as well as finesse the whole with a protagonist suffering an identity crisis which can only be resolved through recourse to the theory and application of one of the 20th Century's greatest freudsters.
This is a return to the vivacity of language and ideas paraded in The Name of the Rose and Foucault's Pendulum while simultaneously demonst Eco makes abundant use of his prolific academic training to animate 19th Century history while applying delightful postmodern chicanery to blur fact and fiction as well as finesse the whole with a protagonist suffering an identity crisis which can only be resolved through recourse to the theory and application of one of the 20th Century's greatest freudsters.
This is a return to the vivacity of language and ideas paraded in The Name of the Rose and Foucault's Pendulum while simultaneously demonstrating the degree of social manipulation of which individuals and institutions are capable through the exploration of postmodern and metafictional themes. It is every bit as engrossing as these previous novels, but with a subtler and stealthier assault on the reader's intellect and emotions, leaving a nicely open-ended denouement as the reward, coupled with curiosity as to the origins of one of the most widespread and lengthiest perpetrations of ethnic and religious persecution that currently exists.
While realist writers have trodden the wearying path of portrayal of 20th Century atrocity, Eco has instead created, in the same vein as Ducornet deals with the topic in Entering Fire , a thoughtful and coherent despite the seeming discontinuity of narrative investigation of, and deeply noir satirical response to, enduring genocide. As much a masterpiece as any of the lauded Latin Americans. View all 18 comments. Dec 27, Chip rated it it was amazing. You should see my Google search history - early in the book I realized I knew a few of the major players not well and none of the others at all - so I Googled every name and place I came across and discovered that this is a well-researched book!
No wasted words, no ornamentation, tight prose - a well crafted story on many levels. More accessible than earlier books, or maybe I'm getting better at researching. Read this book. Take out your s Plausible. Take out your smartphone and put it through its paces for supporting information. Eco is saying "if you're going to publish a forgery, this is how you do it Dec 19, Gerald rated it really liked it.
Don't consider it a spoiler that in the afterword, Eco claims that most of this book is true, or as true as can be surmised from a patchwork of historical and circumstantial evidence, and oral history. His book is no less than an attempt to trace the origins of anti-Semitism in Europe over the last two centuries.
His vehicle is a more-or-less true, but nonetheless implausible, story behind the multiple versions of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion. Eco's account is narrated by the one characte Don't consider it a spoiler that in the afterword, Eco claims that most of this book is true, or as true as can be surmised from a patchwork of historical and circumstantial evidence, and oral history. Eco's account is narrated by the one character he admits to being fictional, Simonini, a master forger who made a living not only creating official documents but also fabricating the facts and stories they contained.
Eco has been a lifetime student of occultist movements and secret societies, including the Knights Templar, the Rosicrucians, the Freemasons, and various anti-clerical, anti-Papist, anti-royalist, anarchist, and, yes, anti-Semitic political and religious groups, including their agent provocateurs. He even throws Madame Blavatsky in there but unaccountably renames her. The most striking take-away from this exhaustive book is a general conclusion about the nature of conspiracy.
At least in this web of loosely woven plots, conspiracy is not a masterfully directed and highly coordinated effort. It is, instead, a monstrous disease that has no direction other than its own propagation. It has no head and no permanently governing body. It goes wherever it feeds best, and it serves whomever will feed and sustain it.
It likewise destroys, not a specific enemy, but any person, group, or ideology the persecution of which will benefit, even for the short term, its feeders. In short, it has been convenient for various groups at various times to promote the hatred of Jews. But as Eco demonstrates, at times this agenda has had more to do with unifying or dividing certain opponents that with persecuting or exterminating their victims. Ultimately, it's about political expediency and rousing the emotions of the masses to achieve some end than will benefit, and usually greatly enrich, the vilifiers.
A rather tame example in the present day, but one readers are seeing nonstop just now, is the convenient fiction that government is somehow unnecessary. A more malicious story is that people with alternative lifestyles are somehow destroying the nuclear family. I'd humbly suggest that failure of wages to keep pace with expenses - and especially the price of real estate - had a lot more to do with sending Mom into the workforce and relegating Little Johnny to latchkey loneliness, indifferent daycare, and the solitary amusements of digital gaming.
I gave this four stars instead of five because, frankly, much of it is as crashing bore. Eco the scholar doesn't want to leave a scrap of research on the floor, even if it is not particularly dramatic or relevant to the highly multifaceted and disjointed plot.
View all 5 comments. Dec 28, Ben Babcock rated it really liked it Shelves: I like to try to pretend that all I care about in a book is a good story, that genres are meaningless, and that authors who are experimental or who go to great lengths to show off their vast intellects are, generally, more trouble than they are worth. I like peeling back the layers of hype and praise piled upon popular books and to get at the soft nougat of story at the centre and judge it based on the quality of that alone.
Except all that pretending not to be pretentious falls apart the moment I have to talk about Umberto Eco. How does one necessarily compare and rank two authors whose style and range are completely different? No, Eco is not my all-time favourite, but he is unquestionably a writer of the highest calibre, a literary juggernaut with all the pretentious baggage such a label implies. Whenever I read something by Umberto Eco, I am always struck by how incredibly smart he is.
His books are practically saturated with knowledge and intellect in such a way that I am immediately confronted with how little I know—and I love that feeling. I feel a little more connected by reading a book that is so recent, and it definitely affected how I interpreted the story.
Yet there is a dark and very difficult aspect to The Prague Cemetery that almost made me hesitate with it. This book is venomous. It opens with a misogynistic, racist, anti-Semitic rant by the main character, Captain Simonini. Simonini, an expatriate Italian living in France as a forger and sometime-espionage expert begins recounting his childhood in Italy in the form of a diary.
We learn the genesis of his hatred for Jews, his first involvement in forgery and espionage, and eventually, how he came to end up in Paris, France. This autobiographical narrative is as fascinating as it is repugnant. I found several passages difficult to read, because Eco does not cut corners and does not hold back: He is really bad at the espionage thing.
Who is Piccola? Or is he a person in his own right? Simonini keeps waking with gaps in his memories and reading these notes from Piccola, whose apartment is connected to his by a long, dank corridor filled with makeup and costumes.
Yet as Simonini recalls his life story, there are mentions of a Piccola external to him. And so the identities of Simonini and Piccola and their relationship is ambiguous, at least at first. Ultimately Eco resolves it with uncharacteristic clarity. Together, these two manage to balance out the vitriolic Simonini and make the narrative more interesting.
The Prague Cemetery is intimately connected to European history, particularly that of Italy, Germany, and France, in the late nineteenth century. Those of us whose educations are sorely lacking in this area will feel somewhat lost, which is why Wikipedia is such a valuable resource.
Reading about the unification of Italy and France under Napoleon III gave me a glimpse into why Eco might be so fascinated by conspiracy theory. Sensationalist rhetoric of authors like Dan Brown aside, conspiracy underpins much of European history, never far away as one reads about the intricate intrigue that brought down kings and queens, priests and pontiffs.
And Eco places Simonini right in the middle of it: He goes as far as actually constructing conspiracies of his own in order to expose them to his superiors. Simonini is delightfully devious—much too devious, in fact, for his own good. He invariably incurs the displeasure of his superiors, which is why he found himself in France in the first place. Ultimately Simonini becomes obsessed with marketing a manuscript.
This manuscript finally becomes The Protocols of the Elders of Zion , a real fraudulent document. Set in the eponymous and eerie cemetery in Prague, the manuscript purports to disclose the plans of Jewish leaders for world domination. Eco brilliantly takes us into the mind of a conspiracy theorist and an anti-Semite, exposing the psychology of such a person.
The document that becomes The Protocols is but one example of the larger set of conspiracies that bloom in the shadows of European politics.
Through Simonini we see how various groups, from intelligence offices to the Jesuits, make use of conspiracy theories and propaganda to suit their own ends—essentially, Eco weaves conspiracies about conspiracies. And the most successful participants in these political games are those who do not have or at least do not indulge their personal enmities toward different groups. Th In the s I read The Name of the Rose and Foucault's Pendulum and came away from those books knowing that I had been exposed to a brilliant mind.
This brings me to The Prague Cemetery. Typical of an Eco book it took me a little while to settle in and fine tune my thoughts to pay proper attention and to relax so that Eco could take me where he wanted me to go. This man is Simone Simonini. He is a murderer, double agent, triple agent, but more importantly he is the man that can provide the documentation that proves that one side of a conflict is justified in their quest for power.
In other words he is a master forger.
He finds his calling while apprenticed to a lawyer named Rebaudengo. He learns the fine art of providing the "missing" paperwork for a baptismal record that would allow an inheritance to be obtained or the "missing" will of a family patriarch who may have perished unexpectedly. Rebaudengo explained. The proper paperwork miraculously is produced that exposes a "fraud" perpetrated by Rebaudengo and he is swiftly convicted and sent to prison.
Simone is the type of gentleman that governments find uses for and he is greedy enough not to be worried about the consequences of his actions. He becomes a forger, mercenary for hire.
Nineteenth-century Europe abounds with conspiracy both ghastly and mysterious. Jesuits plot against Freemasons. French criminals plan bombings by day and celebrate black masses by night.
Every nation has its own secret service, perpetrating forgeries, plots, and massacres. But what if, behind all of these conspiracies, lies just one man?
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