Umberto Eco in 2005.

Umberto Eco (January 5, 1932 - February 19, 2016) was an Italian professor of semiotics and author wrote several novels. He was awarded many honorary doctorates.

Eco's first novel, which to his surprise was a great success, was The Name of the Rose - a mystery set in a 14th-century European monastery. His second novel was Foucault's Pendulum which some have considered to bear some similarity to the The Da Vinci Code which it predates by several years. He followed these two novels with The Island of the Day Before, Baudolino and The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana.

Umberto Eco's novels are known for their erudition, but he has also published children's books and many non-fiction works one of which is titled Belief and Unbelief, co-authored with Mario Cardinal Martini.


  • The Name of the Rose (original, 1980), (English translation, 1983)
  • Foucault's Pendulum (original, 1988), (English translation, 1989)
  • The Island of the Day Before (original, 1994), (English translation, 1995)
  • Baudolino (original, 2000), (English translation, 2001)
  • The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana (original, 2004), (English translation, 2005)

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