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Umberto Eco (–) wrote fiction, literary criticism and philosophy. His first novel, The Name of the Rose, was a major international bestseller. His other. Print List Price: £ site Price: £ Save £ (27%). includes VAT*. Sold by: site Media EU S.à r.l.. This price was set by the publisher. In Baudolino the ever ingenious Umberto Eco draws on the medieval legends surrounding Prester John--a mythical Christian emperor of the Far East--to create .
Initially, he was one of the pioneers of " Reader Response ". Literary criticism Eco began seriously developing his ideas on the "open" text and on semiotics, writing many essays on these subjects, and in he published Opera aperta translated into English as "The Open Work". In it, Eco argued that literary texts are fields of meaning, rather than strings of meaning, that they are understood as open, internally dynamic and psychologically engaged fields.
Literature which limits one's potential understanding to a single, unequivocal line, the closed text, remains the least rewarding, while texts that are the most active between mind and society and life open texts are the liveliest and best—although valuation terminology is not his primary area of focus.
Eco emphasizes the fact that words do not have meanings that are simply lexical, but rather, they operate in the context of utterance. Richards and others said as much, but Eco draws out the implications for literature from this idea. He also extended the axis of meaning from the continually deferred meanings of words in an utterance to a play between expectation and fulfilment of meaning.
Eco comes to these positions through study of language and from semiotics, rather than from psychology or historical analysis as did theorists such as Wolfgang Iser , on the one hand, and Hans-Robert Jauss , on the other. Studies on media culture From the late '50s till the late '60s, before his semiotic turn, Eco engaged in studies on mass media and media culture , which were published in various newspapers and journals.
His short essay Fenomenologia di Mike Bongiorno Phenomenology of Mike Bongiorno, on the most popular quiz show host in Italy, Mike Bongiorno , received much notoriety among the general public and has drawn endless questions by journalists at every public appearance by Eco; the essay was later included in the collection Diario minimo His book Apocalittici e integrati analyzes the phenomenon of mass communication from a sociological perspective.
In he gave the influential  lecture Towards a Semiological Guerrilla Warfare, which coined the influential term " semiological guerrilla ," and influenced the theorization of guerrilla tactics against mainstream mass media culture , such as guerrilla television and culture jamming. Among the expressions used in the essay are "communications guerrilla warfare" and "cultural guerrilla.
Semiotics Eco founded and developed one of the most important approaches in contemporary semiotics, usually referred to as interpretative semiotics.
Eco co-founded George Lakoff , have published original articles in VS.
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Anthropology In , at the University of Bologna, Eco created an unusual program called Anthropology of the West from the perspective of non-Westerners African and Chinese scholars , as defined by their own criteria.
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Paperback Verified download. The protagonist and narrator of this novel is Colonna. He's a self-described loser in his fifties who studied German in college but didn't graduate because he started working doing translations and ended up writing for insignificant newspapers and ghostwriging. We meet him as he wakes up one day noticing that somebody has turned off his water.
This worries him. He suspects that someone may have entered his home and searched through his stuff. He then takes us two months back when he's approached by someone named Simei with a unique and lucrative job opportunity. Simei wants Colonna to ghostwrite a book for him. As it turns out a commendator, whatever that is, hired Simei to open up a newspaper.
Colonna will also be the editor-in-chief. The newspaper is to go after the rich and powerful enemies of the commendator who will present the newspaper to certain individials in the hope that the powerful will end up paying him to close shop to avoid embarrassment.
And Simei wants to publish a book about this affair. The chapters of Numero Zero, arranged by day, are mostly about the meetings of the editorial board. There are several other writers but two matter--Bragaddocio and the only female, Maia.
These meetings usually start out planning what articles to write but usually end up being about what not to write as Simei shoots down pretty much every idea suggested, especially those by Maia.
Colonna of course ends up with the girl, whom others think may be autistic because she can only conceive what is in her head but manages to turn Colonna into someone who thinks like her.
We learn how their relationship develops over time. Bragaddocio is key. He's somewhat paranoid or at least very skeptic about everything. He's working on some research.
He needs a car but no car will do because no car is perfect and on top of that, car marketing tends to suppress important data about cars, so he thinks there something of a conspiracy going on by car manufacturers, marketers, and the media. Bragaddocio later reveals to Colonna what he's working on--a theory that Mussolini didn't die as we history tells, but rather it was a double that was killed and whose corpse was desecrated by the masses and hung.
What sounds initially rather farfetched, Bragaddocio manages to make pretty convincing given all the strange characters, even stranger events, the unknowns, the inaccuracies and missing info at the time. Whenever we talk about these leaders not dying as we are told, the next issue becomes their triumphant return to power. And Bragaddocio has that also thought through.
It borrows from history to make the implausible probable, namely it bases this plan around to return Mussolini to power on the real-life, admitted, and recognized false-flag operation Gladio. Gladio wasn't just some single false-flag operation but an entire infrastructure and organization to carry out false-flags as needed. Suddenly there is a mysterious death in the group.
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And now we are back at the beginning of the book with Colonna adopting Bragaddocio's paranoia. Numero Zero is Eco's shortest novel. Some of the typical Eco themes are missing: We do get though some history of Milan and the episode of Mussolini's death and the strange aftermath and fate of his corpse. This is interesting and enlightening stuff, as is the political climate in Italy during the cold war when Gladio was concocted.
This is Eco's last book and he poignantly focuses a lot on death and the dead. Perhaps Numero Zero also represents a criticism of the media, while this prospective newspaper is rather an extreme possibility, one can't set aside the sense that what Eco presents may very well be how editorial decisions are made everywhere.
Here we have the shadowy figure of the commendatore and Simei has to worry about what might be agreeable or disagreeable to his interests.
Regular newspapers have to worry about what may the interests of owners, advertisers, or just the good old establishment. Another concern is the reader--and Simei has a very poor perception of readers and what interests them.
Simei thinks he has to appeal to the lowest common denominator, or perhaps even below that, both in content and style. His newspaper wouldn't be just about informing but also manipulating. The political aspect here is the strongest. Eco does a good job presenting the establishment critic who starts out with some sensible ideas but ends up taking it further and further until whatever truth there was is buried in a bunch of stuff bordering on nonsense, which of course invalidates his every argument.
The topic of false flags will always be of interest as long as strange, unique, puzzling, powerful, and unlikely events happen that receive poor, unsatisfying, incomplete and and also unlikely explanations by the establishment--perhaps on purpose. He could have gone further with it but Eco has always been unnecessary careful. site Edition Verified download. This is one of Umberto Eco's shortest books, barely pages.
Nonetheless its a good, easy read. It's not a cumbersome story like his other major works. Numero Zero is a satirical look at Italy's politics, the journalistic media, the broadcast media and even the Vatican. Eco's subtle humor is everywhere. I recommend this book to get used to his sense of humor and satire before taking on one of his much longer mystery novels.
Hardcover Verified download. It's not particularly substantial--it's a lightly humorous lark that touches on the themes of conspiracy and cultural memory that have run throughout Eco's work--but it's never less than pleasant.
The last and shortest of Eco's novels at pages. One of his stories concerning conspiracy theories such as Focault's Pendulum and The Prague Cemetery but does not reach the standard of either of the earlier novels. Still it is Eco and therefore worth reading. This is a thin swan song. It's a phantom of an Eco mystery. Maybe it's Eco's Idea of a short story. Or maybe he was just too sick or busy to to give this story the full Eco treatment.
But it could have been, given the time and energy. In my mind The Prague Cemetery is Eco's last novel. Numero zero is his last story.
So long to my favorite. The book follows a struggling journalist working at a newspaper that will never be published. It is really a short story and can be read easily in one or two sittings. If you have read and loved "Foucault's Pendulum" as I have you, will be disappointed by this novel. It borrows many of the same themes and a very similar plot line.
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This is Eco's last book and he poignantly focuses a lot on death and the dead. Anthropology In , at the University of Bologna, Eco created an unusual program called Anthropology of the West from the perspective of non-Westerners African and Chinese scholars , as defined by their own criteria.
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