December '15 Indie Next List
“Eco's new book engages on many levels, from the intense literary verve to the cunning insertion of conspiracy theories. Colonna, an unemployed writer, is hired to write the history of a newspaper, which will never see print, while one of his colleagues discovers that Mussolini may have met a different end than the historically accepted one. When Colonna digs deeper, the life he has made, and the lives of his friends, unravel in unexpected ways. Eco has produced another genre-bending, erudite piece of fiction that will amuse and distress lovers of literature and history with equal measure.”
— Raul Chapa (E), Book People Bookstore, Austin, TX
Numero Zero is the feverish and delightfully readable tale of a ghostwriter in Milan whose work pulls him into an underworld of media politics and murderous conspiracies (involving the cadaver of Mussolini's double, naturally.) This novel is vintage Eco-corrupt newspapers, clandestine plots, imaginary histories-and will appeal to his many readers and earn him legions of new ones. Umberto Eco is the 83-year-old Italian novelist best known for the international bestseller The Name of the Rose, published in 1980. The murder mystery set in a 14th-century monastery was made into a film starring Sean Connery and Christian Slater. His other books include several works of literary criticism and the bestselling novels Foucault's Pendulum, Baudolino, and his most recent, The Prague Cemetery.