by Umberto Eco


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In an upside-down Lolita, Umberto Umberto pursues a granny with "whitely lascivious locks." Columbus's landing in the New World is covered by television reporters, commentators, and guest experts. In addition, we are given a social and structural analysis of the art of striptease as performed by Lilly Niagara of the Crazy Horse; we are privy to in-house publisher reader's reports, most of them unfavorable, on such submissions as The Odyssey and Don Quixote; and we hear a diatribe against the mounting tide of vulgarity in Greece, the new democratic "culture industry" of such upstarts as Herodotus, Thucydides, and Plato, not to mention public playing of the flute.

Umberto Eco pokes fun at the oversophisticated, overacademic, and overintellectual, and along the way has some penetrating comments to make about our modern mass culture and the elitist avant-garde in art and criticism.

About the Author:
Umberto Eco is a professor of semiotics at the University of Bologna. He lives in Milan, Italy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780224030694
Publisher: Random House Adult Trade Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/27/1993
Pages: 180

About the Author

UMBERTO ECO (1932–2016) was the author of numerous essay collections and seven novels, including The Name of the Rose,The Prague Cemetery, and Inventing the Enemy. He received Italy’s highest literary award, the Premio Strega, was named a Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur by the French government, and was an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.


Bologna, Italy

Date of Birth:

January 5, 1932

Date of Death:

February 19, 2016

Place of Birth:

Alessandria, Italy


Ph.D., University of Turin, 1954

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