Hombre de pocas palabras, misï¿½gino y glotï¿½n impenitente, el capitï¿½n se inspira en los folletines de Dumas y Sue para dar fe de complots inexistentes, fomentar intrigas o difamar a las grandes figuras de la polï¿½tica europea. Caballero sin escrï¿½pulos, Simonini trabaja al servicio del mejor postor: si antes fue el gobierno italiano quien pagï¿½ por sus imposturas, luego llegaron los encargos de Francia y Prusia, e incluso Hitler acabarï¿½a aprovechï¿½ndose de sus malvados oficios...
Thirty years after publishing of The Name of the Rose, Umberto Eco returns with this novel to ensure us that in literature and in life, nothing is what it seems, and nobody is who they say they are. Paris, 1897. A man writes sitting at a table in a room crammed with furniture: it is Captain Simonini, a Piedmontese man living in the French capital, who since a young age has been fully devoted to the noble art of creating false documents.
En esta conferencia dirigida a los alumnos de una universidad norteamericana en 1995, Umberto Eco alertaba frente a la sombra alargada de un fenÓmeno que no se restringe al Ámbito polÍtico ni tiene fecha de caducidad, porque tras un rÉgimen y una ideologÍa hay siempre un cierto modo de pensar y de sentir, un sustrato cultural que puede ser el germen de una nueva ola fascista.
El gran pensador de nuestro tiempo, aquel que nos enseÑÓ a «reflexionar antes de pensar», nos ofrece catorce claves para reconocer el fantasma del «fascismo eterno» y nos brinda instrumentos para que el presente y el futuro no se parezcan a nuestro peor pasado.
Umberto Eco’s fourteen clues for recognizing fascism: an urgent manifesto.
“A tireless, fierce genius, who constructs and deconstructs endlessly, with dazzling and even humorous intelligence when needed.” –Mercedes Monmany, ABC
“One of the most influential thinkers of our time.” –Los Angeles Times
“Eternal fascism still surrounds us, it’s just in civilian clothes. It can return at any time, although it comes in the most innocent disguises. Our duty is to detect it, unmask it, and loudly condemn every aspect of it.” In this conference delivered to U.S. university students in 1995, Umberto Eco warned against the elongated shadow of a phenomenon that is not relegated only to politics, nor with an expiration date, because behind a regime and an ideology there is always a certain line of thought and feeling, a cultural substrate that can be the seed of a new wave of fascism. The great thinker of our time, who taught us to “reflect before thinking,” gives us fourteen clues to recognize the specter of “eternal fascism” and offers us tools so that the present and the future do not resemble our worst past.
La novela emblematica de Umberto Eco.Una apasionante trama y admirable reconstruccion de una epoca especialmente conflictiva, la del siglo XVI.
Umberto Eco s first novel, an international sensation and winner of the Premio Strega and the Prix Medicis Etranger awards.The 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." "A brilliantly conceived adventure into another time, an intelligent and complex novel, a lively and well-plotted mystery."--SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE"The novel explodes with pyrotechnic inventions, literally as well as figuratively . . . The narrative impulse that commands the story is irresistible . . . Mr. Eco's delight in his narrative does not fail to touch the reader."--NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW"Like the labyrinthine library at its heart, this brilliant novel has many cunning passages and secret chambers . . . Fascinating . . . Ingenious . . . Dazzling."--NEWSWEEK"Whether you're into Sherlock Holmes, Montaillou, Borges, the nouvelle critique, the Rule of St. Benedict, metaphysics, library design, or The Thing from the Crypt, you'll love it. Who can that miss out?"--SUNDAY TIMES (LONDON)"
ENGLISH DESCRIPTION It is April 1204, and Constantinople, the splendid capital of the Byzantine Empire, is being sacked and burned by the knights of the Fourth Crusade. Amid the carnage and confusion, one Baudolino saves a historian and high court official from certain death at the hands of the crusading warriors and proceeds to tell his own fantastical story. Born a simple peasant in northern Italy, Baudolino has two major gifts-a talent for learning languages and a skill in telling lies. When still a boy he meets a foreign commander in the woods, charming him with his quick wit and lively mind. The commander-who proves to be Emperor Frederick Barbarossa-adopts Baudolino and sends him to the university in Paris, where he makes a number of fearless, adventurous friends. Spurred on by myths and their own reveries, this merry band sets out in search of Prester John, a legendary priest-king said to rule over a vast kingdom in the East-a phantasmagorical land of strange creatures with eyes on their shoulders and mouths on their stomachs, of eunuchs, unicorns, and lovely maidens. With dazzling digressions, outrageous tricks, extraordinary feeling, and vicarious reflections on our postmodern age, this is Eco the storyteller at his brilliant best."
By the time Umberto Eco published his best-selling novel The Name of the Rose, he was one of Italy's most celebrated intellectuals, a distinguished academic and the author of influential works on semiotics. Some years before that, in 1977, Eco published a little book for his students, How to Write a Thesis, in which he offered useful advice on all the steps involved in researching and writing a thesis -- from choosing a topic to organizing a work schedule to writing the final draft. Now in its twenty-third edition in Italy and translated into seventeen languages, How to Write a Thesis has become a classic. Remarkably, this is its first, long overdue publication in English.
Eco's approach is anything but dry and academic. He not only offers practical advice but also considers larger questions about the value of the thesis-writing exercise. How to Write a Thesis is unlike any other writing manual. It reads like a novel. It is opinionated. It is frequently irreverent, sometimes polemical, and often hilarious. Eco advises students how to avoid "thesis neurosis" and he answers the important question "Must You Read Books?" He reminds students "You are not Proust" and "Write everything that comes into your head, but only in the first draft." Of course, there was no Internet in 1977, but Eco's index card research system offers important lessons about critical thinking and information curating for students of today who may be burdened by Big Data.
How to Write a Thesis belongs on the bookshelves of students, teachers, writers, and Eco fans everywhere. Already a classic, it would fit nicely between two other classics: Strunk and White and The Name of the Rose.
ContentsThe Definition and Purpose of a ThesisChoosing the TopicConducting ResearchThe Work Plan and the Index CardsWriting the ThesisThe Final Draft
A book lover today might sometimes feel like the fictional medieval friar William of Baskerville in Eco s "The Name of the Rose," watching the written word become lost to time. In "This Is Not the End of the Book," that book s author, Umberto Eco, and his fellow raconteur Jean-Claude Carriere sit down for a dazzling dialogue about memory and the pitfalls, blanks, omissions, and irredeemable losses of which it is made. Both men collect rare and precious books, and they joyously hold up books as hardy survivors, engaging in a critical, impassioned, and rollicking journey through book history, from papyrus scrolls to the e-book. Along the way, they touch upon science and subjectivity, dialectics and anecdotes, and they wear their immense learning lightly. A smiling tribute to what Marshall McLuhan called the Gutenberg Galaxy, this dialogue will be a delight for all readers and book lovers."
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