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1945, Lake Como. Mussolini and his mistress are captured and shot by local partisans. The precise circumstances of Il Duce's death remain shrouded in confusion and controversy.
1992, Milan. Colonna, a depressed hack writer, is offered a fee he can't refuse to ghost-write a memoir. His subject: a fledgling newspaper financed by a powerful media magnate. As Colonna gets to know the team, he learns the paranoid theories of Braggadocio, who is convinced that Mussolini's corpse was a body-double and part of a wider Fascist plot. It's the scoop he desperately needs. The evidence? He's working on it.
Colonna is sceptical. But when a body is found, stabbed to death in a back alley, and the paper is shut down, even he is jolted out of his complacency.
Fuelled by conspiracy theories, Mafiosi, love, corruption and murder, Numero Zero reverberates with the clash of forces that have shaped Italy since the Second World War. This gripping novel from the author of The Name of the Rose is told with all the power of a master storyteller.
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"A triumph" Scotland on Sunday
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Umberto Eco, geboren 1932 in Alessandria, lebte zuletzt in Mailand. Er studierte Pädagogik und Philosophie und promovierte 1954 an der Universität Turin. Anschließend arbeitete er beim Italienischen Fernsehen und war als freier Dozent für Ästhetik und visuelle Kommunikation in Turin, Mailand und Florenz tätig. Seit 1971 unterrichtet eer Semiotik in Bologna. Eco erhielt neben zahlreichen Auszeichnungen den "Premio Strega" (1981) und wurde u. a.1988 zum Ehrendoktor der Pariser Sorbonne ernannt.
Er verfasste zahlreiche Schriften zur Theorie und Praxis der Zeichen, der Literatur, der Kunst und nicht zuletzt der Ästhetik des Mittelalters. Seine Romane "Der Name der Rose" und "Das Foucaultsche Pendel" sind Welterfolge geworden.
2011 wurde Umberto Eco mit dem "Premio Pavese" ausgezeichnet und 2014 erhielt er den "Gutenberg-Preis" der Landeshauptstadt Mainz und der Internationalen Gutenberg-Gesellschaft. Er verstarb 2016.
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Seitenzahl 208
Erscheinungsdatum 05.11.2015
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-1-910701-08-9
Verlag Vintage Publishing
Maße (L/B/H) 148/224/24 mm
Gewicht 386
Buch (gebundene Ausgabe, Englisch)
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Numero Zero
von miss.mesmerized am 10.10.2015

His career plans did not work out. Without graduation Colonna’s only chance to survive is translating books for almost no money and ghost writing. When he is approached by a newspaper maker to take part in a fake publication, he cannot refuse due to his dire financial situation. The... His career plans did not work out. Without graduation Colonna’s only chance to survive is translating books for almost no money and ghost writing. When he is approached by a newspaper maker to take part in a fake publication, he cannot refuse due to his dire financial situation. The rest of the team is kept unknowing and thus they start working. With the time, Colonna gets to know them better and one evening, Braggadocio shares a story which could make the headlines of the big newspapers nationwide: Mussolini was never shot, it was just his double. A couple of days later he can provide evidence. Another couple of days later, Braggadocio is dead. Is there something about this story? Umberto Eco, the master of conspiracy stories, of taking historical facts and turning them into thrilling novels, again sets out to play with reality. Yet, the plot seems to lack something, maybe this stems from the fact that it is rather short compared to his other novels and thus, the twists and links seem to be a bit superficial and not that convincingly presented as we have read them before. What I really appreciated, however, were the scenes at the newspaper’s offices where they elaborate how to mock the readers, how to write articles which allude but do not really claim things, how to put words to create feelings and assumptions so that you cannot be hold responsible for what the readers believe. This is Eco’s strongest side, the play on words and the deduced meaning of what is put down. All in all, one of Eco’s weaker novels but nevertheless interesting to read.

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