Baudolino (Paperback)

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Baudolino (Paperback)

By Umberto Eco, William Weaver (Translated by)

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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.
UMBERTO ECO (1932–2016) was the author of numerous essay collections and seven novels, including The Name of the Rose,The Prague Cemetery, and Inventing the Enemy. He received Italy’s highest literary award, the Premio Strega, was named a Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur by the French government, and was an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Product Details ISBN: 9780156029063
ISBN-10: 0156029065
Publisher: HarperVia
Publication Date: October 6th, 2003
Pages: 544
Language: English

ADVANCE PRAISE FOR BAUDOLINO

"Fuses historical events of the twelfth century with myths and fables, juicy romance, real political issues, and deep questions of faith--and the result is dazzling fireworks."--Welt Am Sonntag (Germany)

"Without a doubt the author's most playful book, suffused with an atmosphere of fanciful freedom." --La Repubblica (Italy)


PRAISE FOR THE NAME OF THE ROSE

"A superbly entertaining and extraordinary work of novelistic art."--Harper's

"Fascinating, ingenious, dazzling."--Newsweek

"The kind of novel that changes our mind."--Los Angeles Times