“Underscores the writer’s profound erudition, energetic wit, and keenness for concepts of all sizes and styles . . . Eco’s excitement in such explorations is apparent and contagious.” — Booklist
Inventing the Enemy
covers quite a lot of issues on which Eco has written and lectured during the last ten years: from a disquisition at the subject matter that runs via his fresh novel The Prague Cemetery
— each kingdom wishes an enemy, and if it doesn’t have one, needs to invent it — to a dialogue of rules that experience encouraged his previous novels (and within the procedure he's taking us on an exploration of misplaced islands, legendary nation-states, and the medieval world); from angry experiences of James Joyce’s Ulysses
by fascist newshounds of the Nineteen Twenties and Thirties, to an exam of Saint Thomas Aquinas’s notions concerning the soul of an unborn baby, to censorship and violence and WikiLeaks.
These are essays choked with ardour, interest, and obsession by means of one of many world’s so much esteemed students and significantly acclaimed, best-selling novelists.
“True wit and knowledge coexist with fierce scholarship inside of Umberto Eco, a author who really understands something or approximately being really human.” — Buffalo News
"Thought frightening . . . nuanced . . . the gathering amply indicates off Eco's subtle, agile mind." — Publishers Weekly