The Prauge Cemetery by Umberto Eco (Old Paperback)
The period is the 19th Century and the place is Europe, moving across from Turin to Prague to Paris. These places and period are dark, mysterious and ghastly for conspiracies that tower over history. Everywhere one finds someone plotting against another and unimaginable violence. There are the Jesuits scheming against the Freemasons, the republicans from Italy strangling priests with their own intestines and there are the French criminals who are busy planning bomb attacks during the day while at nights they celebrate the Black Masses.
In such a sombre environment, there are some security services that seek to outdo cases of plotting, mass murders and forgeries. These services know that Europe, from Italy to Paris to Prague is in deep trouble and they are looking for a scapegoat whom they can nail as a means to getting to the bottom of the whole tumult. But the secret services do not know if many people are involved in the dark deeds or if it is just one man causing all the terror. and there are some notorious documents involved too. Will the secret services solve the entire mystery?
Written in the form of an engaging narrative, The Prague Cemetery takes readers on a haunting journey through a number of events that have great implications for the entire world.
The Prague Cemetery was published by RHUK in 2012 and is available in paperback.
Soon after the book was translated into English, it was shortlisted in 2012 for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize.
This novel has also been hailed as the best work of the author since The Name of The Rose.
About the Author
Umberto Eco is a novelist, essayist, literary critic and philosopher from Italy. Apart from novels, Eco has penned several essays, academic works and children's fiction, mostly in Italian. Italy-born Eco was initially encouraged to enter into law by his father. However, the author's interests lay in philosophy and literature which prompted him to join the University of Turin. For a short period Eco dabbled as an editor for a local radio station and as a lecturer at the University of Turin. He has also been a Professor at Harvard University.