CONSPIRACY, PARANOIA & THE NOVEL
A Conversation with Umberto Eco.
* Writing fiction about the real * Exploring the persistence of conspiracies * Adapting "The Name of the Rose" for the internet generation * Grasping the infinity of lists * Exploring the future of books * Losing yourself in a 50,000-volume library
These are some of the topics Umberto Eco will be discussing with Paul Holdengräber, Director of LIVE at the New York Public Library.
Their wide-ranging conversation will in part focus on Eco’s latest work of fiction, The Prague Cemetery. The book is an historical pseudo-reconstruction set in a 19th-century Europe teeming with secret service forgeries, Jesuit plots, murders and conspiracies, and covering everything from the unification of Italy, the Paris Commune, the Dreyfus Affair to The Protocols of the Elders of Zion. It has been criticised by both the Vatican-backed newspaper the Osservatore Romano and the Chief Rabbi of Rome.