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. He collects evidence, deciphers secret symbols and coded manuscripts, and digs into the eerie labyrinth of the abbey where extraordinary things are happening under the over of night. A spectacular popular and critical success, The Name of the Rose is not only a narrative of a murder investigation but an astonishing chronicle of the Middle Ages.
"A novel of sunning intelligence, linguistic richness, thematic complexity"
"'Umberto Eco has written a novel - his first - and it has become a literary event'" New York Times Book Review "'A novel of stunning intelligence, linguistic richness, thematic complexity'" Il Giorno "'This novel belongs with Voltaire' philosophical tales - in the entertaining guise of an erudite fiction story, it is also a vibrant plea for freedom, moderation and wisdom'" L'Express