History Creator / UmbertoEco

19th Feb '16 4:35:09 PM Jeduthun
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'''Umberto Eco''' (born 1932) is an Italian medieval historian, semiotician (semiotics: the study of signs and signification[[note]]If Creator/DanBrown's fictional discipline of "symbology" were real, it would fall within the field of semiotics.[[/note]]), and philosopher. Outside academia, he is best known as a novelist, particularly his debut novel, ''Literature/TheNameOfTheRose'', which was made into a film starring SeanConnery.

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'''Umberto Eco''' (born 1932) is (1932 - 2016) was an Italian medieval historian, semiotician (semiotics: the study of signs and signification[[note]]If Creator/DanBrown's fictional discipline of "symbology" were real, it would fall within the field of semiotics.[[/note]]), and philosopher. Outside academia, he is best known as a novelist, particularly his debut novel, ''Literature/TheNameOfTheRose'', which was made into a film starring SeanConnery.


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He died in 2016 at the age of 84.
5th Jan '16 12:56:39 AM manetho
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* ''Numero Zero''[[note]]''Italian for '' Issue Zero -- ''not yet (Feb. 2015) available in English''[[/note]]

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* ''Numero Zero''[[note]]''Italian for '' Issue Zero -- ''not yet (Feb. 2015) available in English''[[/note]]
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19th Dec '15 10:32:50 PM nombretomado
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** An excellent recent example of his usage of this trope in his fiction would be his novel ''The Prague Cemetary'', in which an early scene calls for the antisemitic VillainProtagonist Simonini to converse with a Jewish psychiatrist during his time in Paris. Upon realizing that Simonini's time in Paris coincided with a period of SigmundFreud's life spent in Paris, Eco researched the restaurants and cafes Freud frequented at this time to provide his characters with a plausible meeting place.

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** An excellent recent example of his usage of this trope in his fiction would be his novel ''The Prague Cemetary'', in which an early scene calls for the antisemitic VillainProtagonist Simonini to converse with a Jewish psychiatrist during his time in Paris. Upon realizing that Simonini's time in Paris coincided with a period of SigmundFreud's UsefulNotes/SigmundFreud's life spent in Paris, Eco researched the restaurants and cafes Freud frequented at this time to provide his characters with a plausible meeting place.
1st Aug '15 6:04:18 AM SorPepita
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* YouAreWhatYouHate: Could be the case with Eco and occultism. While he savagely criticizes the occultists and conspiracy theorists, he himself shows interest and expert knowledge in such matters (most of his works feature this to some extent, expecially Foucault's Pendulum).

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* YouAreWhatYouHate: Could be the case with Eco and occultism. While he savagely criticizes the occultists and conspiracy theorists, he himself shows interest and expert knowledge in such matters (most of his works feature this to some extent, expecially especially Foucault's Pendulum).
25th Jun '15 6:39:04 AM Morgenthaler
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* {{Irony}}: He has a good explanation in his comment for ''TheNameOfTheRose''. Nowadays, a man who loves a well-read woman can't simply tell her "I love you more than my life", because he knows (and she knows, and [[IKnowYouKnowIKnow he knows she knows, and she knows he knows she knows...]]) that these words have been overused by Liala (Italian author of Silly Love Novels). That's why he'll say instead: "As Liala would say, 'I love you more than my life'." It's ironic because we live in times where innocence has been lost, but it's still a way to talk about love.

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* {{Irony}}: He has a good explanation in his comment for ''TheNameOfTheRose''.''Literature/TheNameOfTheRose''. Nowadays, a man who loves a well-read woman can't simply tell her "I love you more than my life", because he knows (and she knows, and [[IKnowYouKnowIKnow he knows she knows, and she knows he knows she knows...]]) that these words have been overused by Liala (Italian author of Silly Love Novels). That's why he'll say instead: "As Liala would say, 'I love you more than my life'." It's ironic because we live in times where innocence has been lost, but it's still a way to talk about love.
22nd Jun '15 3:38:12 PM MarkLungo
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* TheLongitudeProblem: In ''The Island of the Day Before''. It contains a number of different attempts to solve the longitude problem, including one that uses SympatheticMagic (the theory is that a wounded dog is taken on the ship; the sympathetic magic is performed on the dog every night at midnight in Paris; by watching the dog's reaction and noting the local time, you can figure out your longitude much as with the "clock" method).

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* TheLongitudeProblem: UsefulNotes/TheLongitudeProblem: In ''The Island of the Day Before''. It contains a number of different attempts to solve the longitude problem, including one that uses SympatheticMagic (the theory is that a wounded dog is taken on the ship; the sympathetic magic is performed on the dog every night at midnight in Paris; by watching the dog's reaction and noting the local time, you can figure out your longitude much as with the "clock" method).
2nd Jun '15 5:38:23 AM Morgenthaler
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** ''TheNameOfTheRose'' has a prologue on how he "found" Adso's manuscript in the 1960s.

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** ''TheNameOfTheRose'' ''Literature/TheNameOfTheRose'' has a prologue on how he "found" Adso's manuscript in the 1960s.



** ''{{Baudolino}}'' alleges to be [[spoiler: a DeletedScene of sorts from the real Niketas's chronicles, which he removed on the advice of the sage Paphnutius. However, Paphnutius tells Niketas that one day, an even greater liar than Baudolino will tell the ostensibly true story of Baudolino reciting his fictional tale to Niketas, i.e. Umberto Eco himself.]]

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** ''{{Baudolino}}'' ''Literature/{{Baudolino}}'' alleges to be [[spoiler: a DeletedScene of sorts from the real Niketas's chronicles, which he removed on the advice of the sage Paphnutius. However, Paphnutius tells Niketas that one day, an even greater liar than Baudolino will tell the ostensibly true story of Baudolino reciting his fictional tale to Niketas, i.e. Umberto Eco himself.]]
10th Feb '15 4:23:01 AM Glim
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* YouAreWhatYouHate: could be the case with Eco and occultism. While he savagely criticizes the occultists and conspiracy theorists, he himself shows interest and expert knowledge in such matters (most of his works feature this to some extent, expecially Foucault's Pendulum).

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* YouAreWhatYouHate: could Could be the case with Eco and occultism. While he savagely criticizes the occultists and conspiracy theorists, he himself shows interest and expert knowledge in such matters (most of his works feature this to some extent, expecially Foucault's Pendulum).
7th Feb '15 5:39:35 PM WarriorsGate
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* ''Numero Zero''[[note]]''Italian for '' Issue Zero -- ''not yet (Feb. 2015) available in English''[[/note]]



* HistoricalDomainCharacter: His works commonly feature real historical figures (sometimes lesser-known ones), like Bernard Gui, Ubertino of Casale and Michael of Cesena in ''The Name of the Rose'', and Frederick Barbarossa, Niketas Choniates, Robert de Boron or Otto of Freising in ''Baudolino''.

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His works commonly feature real historical figures (sometimes lesser-known ones), like Bernard Gui, Ubertino of Casale and Michael of Cesena in ''The Name of the Rose'', and Frederick Barbarossa, Niketas Choniates, Robert de Boron or Otto of Freising in ''Baudolino''.


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* RealityRetcon:
** ''Foucault's Pendulum'': InUniverse, with the editors constructing a fake conspiracy.
** ''Baudolino'': A 12th century foster son of Frederick Barbarossa secretly shaped the events in his life.
** ''The Prague Cemetary'': Simone Simonini crosses paths and influences many historical characters, culminating in his creation of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion.
** ''Numero Zero'': Involves shady plots during the Years of Lead, including the Masonic "Black" Lodge Propaganda Due, right- and left-wing terrorists, the CIA, the papacy, and sensationalist journalism.
7th Feb '15 1:01:34 PM Glim
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* YouAreWhatYouHate: could be the case with Eco and occultism. While he savagely criticizes the occultists and conspiracy theorists, he himself shows interest and expert knowledge in such matters (most of his works feature this to some extent, expecially Foucault's Pendulum).
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