The Name of the Rose

The Name of the Rose

Umberto Eco


Umberto Eco’s first novel, a world sensation and winner of the Premio Strega and the Prix Médicis Étranger awards

The 12 months is 1327. Franciscans in a prosperous Italian abbey are suspected of heresy, and Brother William of Baskerville arrives to enquire. while his smooth challenge is without warning overshadowed through seven extraordinary deaths, Brother William turns detective. His instruments are the common sense of Aristotle, the theology of Aquinas, the empirical insights of Roger Bacon—all sharpened to a glistening aspect through wry humor and a ferocious interest. He collects proof, deciphers mystery symbols and coded manuscripts, and digs into the eerie labyrinth of the abbey, the place “the finest issues occur at night.”

“Like the labyrinthine library at its center, this magnificent novel has many crafty passages and mystery chambers . . . interesting . . . creative . . . dazzling.” – Newsweek

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