Extract. In , after many years of publications on literary theory and philosophy, famous semiotician Umberto Eco decided to undertake the writing of. Results 1 - 13 of 13 - Postille a IL NOME DELLA ROSA by ECO, UMBERTO and a great selection of similar Used, New and Collectible Books available now at. The Name of the Rose is the debut novel by Italian author Umberto Eco. It is a historical Original title, Il nome della rosa. Translator, William hed in English:
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The name of the narrator, his apprentice Adso of Melk is among other things a pun on Simplicio from Galileo Galilei 's Dialogue; Adso deriving from "ad Simplicio" "to Simplicio". Adso's putative place of origin, Melk, is the site of a famous medieval il nome della rosa, at Melk Abbey.
And his name echoes the narrator of the Sherlock Holmes stories, Watson omitting the first and last latters, with "t" and "d" being phonetically similar. Borges was blind during his later years and was also director of Argentina's national library ; his short story " The Library of Babel " is an inspiration for the secret library in Eco's book.
In addition, a number of other themes drawn from various of Borges's works are used throughout The Name of the Rose: The ending also owes il nome della rosa debt to Borges' short story " Death and the Compass ", in il nome della rosa a detective proposes a theory for the behavior of a murderer.
The murderer learns of the theory and uses it to trap the detective. In The Name of the Rose, the librarian Jorge uses William's belief that the murders are il nome della rosa on the Revelation of John to misdirect William, though in Eco's tale, the detective succeeds in solving the crime.
Eco seems also to have been aware of Rudyard Kipling 's short story " The Eye of Allah ", which touches on many of the same themes, like optics, manuscript illumination, music, medicine, il nome della rosa authority and the Church's attitude to scientific discovery and independent thought, and which also includes a character named John of Burgos.
Eco was also inspired by the 19th century Italian novelist Alessandro Manzoni il nome della rosa, citing The Betrothed as an example of the specific type of historical novel he purposed to create, in which some of the characters may be made up, but their motivations and actions remain authentic to the period and render history more comprehensible.
Perhaps because the space this prenarrative is given is so slight compared to the density of what is to follow or perhaps because of the tone of the scholar, these first few pages remain with the reader as the text goes back to the source of the manuscripts in the early fourteenth century.
A young Benedictine novice, Adso of Melktells of his travels with a learned Franciscan, William of Baskerville, to a troubled Benedictine monastery.
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This monastery, a cruel enclosed arena of conflicts and secrets, is ruled by books. The Benedictines who inhabit it live for books. Do you have any questions?
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