By Umberto Eco
“Witty and wry . . . It’s tough to not be charmed.” — New York occasions booklet Review
“One of the main influential thinkers of our time.” — Los Angeles Times
1945, Lake Como. Mussolini and his mistress are captured and shot via neighborhood partisans. the fitting conditions of Il Duce’s demise stay controversial.
1992, Milan. Colonna, a depressed hack author, is out there a price he can’t face up to to ghostwrite a booklet. His topic: a fledgling newspaper, which occurs to be financed by means of a strong media wealthy person. As Colonna will get to understand the workforce, he learns of the editor’s paranoid idea that Mussolini’s corpse was once a physique double and a part of a much wider Fascist plot. It’s the news the newspaper desperately wishes. The facts? He’s engaged on it.
It’s all there: media hoaxes, Mafiosi, the Cia, the Pentagon, blackmail, love, gossip, and homicide. A conflict of forces that experience formed Italy due to the fact that international warfare Ii — from Mussolini to Berlusconi. “Farcical, severe, satiric, and tragic” (Le element, France), Numero Zero is the paintings of a grasp storyteller.
Umberto Eco (1932–2016) used to be the writer of diverse essay collections and 7 novels, together with The identify of the Rose,The Prague Cemetery, and Inventing the Enemy. He got Italy’s optimum literary award, the Premio Strega, was once named a Chevalier de l. a. Légion d’Honneur through the French executive, and used to be an honorary member of the yank Academy of Arts and Letters