Sunday, November 25, 2007

Umberto Eco's Echo

Eco claims that he wants his epitaph to be a quotation from Tommaso Campanella:
“Wait, wait”
“I cannot.”
If somebody writes a book and doesn’t care for the survival of that book, he’s an imbecile.Eco often cites his upbringing among this culture as a source of the unique temperament in his writing: “Certain elements remain as the basis for my world vision: a skepticism and an aversion to rhetoric. Never to exaggerate, never to make bombastic assertions.”
Eco remembers his grandmother fondly, and like both Borges and García Márquez, he claims that he developed his delight in the absurd from her peculiar sense of humor.
His train of thought is about in a novel that could be read as an open text – enigmatic, complex, and open to several layers of interpretation.
Eco describes himself as a polychronic personality, who “will start many things at the same time merging them together to form a continuous interconnection. . . .If I don’t have many things to do, I am lost.”

Umberto Eco (born January 5, 1932) is an Italian medievalist, semiotician, philosopher and novelist, best known for his novel The Name of the Rose (Il nome della rosa) and his many essays
.His family name is supposedly an acronym of ex caelis oblatus (Latin: a gift from the heavens), which was given to his grandfather (a foundling) by a city official.[2]from Wikipedia

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