Or should that be “was Germany”?
Reviewing Mr. Eco’s fourth novel, “Baudolino” (2000), in The New York Times, Richard Bernstein wrote that it “will make you wonder how a storyteller as crafty as Mr. Eco ended up producing a novel so formulaic and cluttered as this one.”
Set amid the religious disputes and wars of the 12th century, “Baudolino” became the best-selling hardcover novel of all time in Germany and a commercial success elsewhere in the world.
That is from his NYT Jonathan Kandell obituary. The Name of the Rose remains my favorite, with Foucault’s Pendulum being the other one I enjoyed very much.