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    The whole world is an enigma

    “I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless enigma that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it had an underlying truth.” Umberto Eco, in Foucault’s Pendulum It all starts with a man hiding in a museum, a friend in need, and files of a word processor in a computer. A few pages later, we’ve already embarked on a perfectly crafted page-turner thriller that has semiotics, secret societies, religious and historical mysteries of mankind, and nonsensical conspiracy theories as the main characters. This book is for readers who can laugh at philosophical jokes, chuckle when Templars are compared…

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    to survive, you must tell stories

    “To survive, you must tell stories.” Umberto Eco, in THE ISLAND OF THE DAY BEFORE This week, because I’m reading FOUCAULT’S PENDULUM, I asked in my stories if you knew Umberto Eco and what work did you read by him. Although 55% said they knew him, the answer about his work was almost unanimous: THE NAME OF THE ROSE. It was my first book too. And his debut novel. Which is crazy, if you think about it. I must admit, though, that I watched the movie first… THE NAME OF THE ROSE was adapted to the screens in 1986, starring Sean Connery as the monk-detective main character and directed by…

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    The earth is round…

    The earth is round, and it rotates eastward around its own axis. One of the proofs of that is swinging and hanging under the dome of the Panthéon in Paris. It’s called Foucault’s Pendulum. I don’t know yet how this will relate to IL PENDOLO DI FOUCAULT by Umberto Eco, but I started reading it yesterday, and I can’t put it down. Here’s the first idea: A man named Casaubon hides in the Musée des Arts et Metiers in Paris after closing. He believes that his friend has been kidnapped by a secret society that is now after him, and they will meet in the museum. Meanwhile, he reflects on…