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.
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