At a glance:
- Author: Umberto Eco
- First Published: 2000
- Type of Work: Novel
- Time of Work: 1142-1204
- Setting: Italy, Paris, and Constantinople
- Characters: Baudolino, Frederick Barbarossa, Niketas Choniates, Beatrice of Burgundy, Prester John, Zosimos of Chalcedon, Colandrina, Ardzrouni, Gavagi, Deacon Johannes, Hypatia
- Genres: Long fiction
- Subjects: Traveling or travelers, France or French people, Paris, Christianity, Truthfulness and falsehood, Catholics or Catholic Church, Italy or Italians, Middle Ages, Thirteenth century, Turkey or Turkish people, Atonement, Relics or sacred objects, Crusades, Twelfth century, Holy Grail or Grail quest, Holy Roman Empire
- Locales: Paris, France, Italy, Constantinople
It is rare that a university academic becomes a popular novelist, but Umberto Eco’s first novel, Il nome della rosa (1980; The Name of the Rose, 1983), was an international best-seller as well as a popular motion picture. The novel, a detective story set in the Middle Ages, was more challenging than the movie, and Eco’s second novel, Il pendolo di Foucault (1988; Foucault’s Pendulum, 1989), was even more difficult, but it, too, achieved best-seller status. Baudolino, Eco’s fourth novel, is his most accessible fictional work for the...
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