Eco Goes Gothic . . .

The Old Jewish Cemetery in Prague

The ever renewing Umberto Eco’s latest novel is The Prague Cemetery, a bizarre journey through the labyrinthine mind of its very unreliable narrator, set within the socio-political milieu of mid- to late-19th century Italy and Europe. The book is a pastiche of conspiracy theory, tortuous psychological noir introspection–the narrator is a schizophrenic serial murderer, and flagrantly anti-semitic to boot–and actual history reflected from a set of peculiar angles. Eco’s touch is really too light to go all Cormac McCarthy or Clive Barker with the novel’s often gruesome terrain and frequently ugly characters (historically real or not) . . . but anyway it is fabulous.

Erik Ketzan interviews the novel’s translator Richard Dixon here, at The Modern Word website.

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