The culture that is German, with reference to Umberto Eco

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 obituaryThe Name of the Rose remains my favorite, with Foucault’s Pendulum being the other one I enjoyed very much.


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