El nombre de la rosa. Barcelona: Lumen, The Name of the Rose. New York: Harcourt, , London: Secker & Warburg, , Vintage Classics The Name of the Rose is the debut novel by Italian author Umberto Eco. It is a historical . The book's last line, "Stat rosa pristina nomine, nomina nuda tenemus" translates as: "the rose of old remains only in its name; we possess naked  Original title‎: ‎Il nome della rosa. An intellectually nonconformist friar investigates a series of mysterious deaths in an isolated abbey. Director: Jean-Jacques Annaud. Writers: Umberto Eco.


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In fact, I have to admit that I think the movie is superior to the book. The book is very good indeed, but to my taste slightly too dry.

The movie is perhaps more "shallow", but it has a totally unique atmosphere and an exciting plot.

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There are nuggets throughout the text that if taken out of context are quite insightful and worthy of thought. Every time he presents an idea philosophical, educational, religious or other he makes the point in pages and then goes on to lecture the reader for another pages on the same point redundantly.

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If those redundancies alone had been cut the text would have been pages and significantly less bad. A member of my book club picked this text, and the way the meeting for this book went clearly demonstrates its flaws. It was not a discussion and an exchange of ideas, but a lecture.


To actual history and geography[ edit ] Saint Michael's Abbeyin the Susa ValleyPiedmont William of Ockham, who lived during the time at which the novel is set, first put forward the principle known as Ockham's Razoroften summarised as the dictum that one should always umberto eco el nombre de la rosa as most likely the simplest explanation that accounts for all the facts a method used by William of Baskerville in the novel.

The book describes monastic life in the 14th century. The action takes place at a Benedictine abbey during the controversy surrounding the Apostolic poverty between branches of Franciscans and Dominicans ; see renewed controversy on the question of poverty.

The book highlights this tension that existed within Christianity during the medieval era: A number of the characters, such as the Inquisitor Bernard GuiUbertino of Casale and the Minorite Michael of Cesenaare historical figures, though the novel's characterization of them is not always historically accurate.

Eco notes in a companion book that he had to situate the monastery in mountains so it would experience early frosts, in order for the action to take place at a time umberto eco el nombre de la rosa the historical Bernard Gui could have been in the area.

For the purposes of the plot, Eco needed a quantity of pig blood, but at that time pigs were not usually slaughtered until a frost had arrived.

Brother William of Baskerville is sent to find out, taking with him the assistant who later tells the tale of his investigations. Eco's celebrated story combines elements of detective fiction, metaphysical thriller, post-modernist puzzle and historical novel in one of the few twentieth-century books which can be described as genuinely unique.

Set in Italy in the Middle Ages, this is not only a narrative of a murder investigation in a monastery inbut also a chronicle of the 14th century religious wars, a history of monastic orders, and a compendium umberto eco el nombre de la rosa heretical movements.

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Bompiani Commented edition, ed. Edizioni Scolastiche Fabbri, Le nom de la rose. Der Name der Rose.

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