– Umberto Eco, William Weaver
Despite encountering his work as a semiotician in an academic context, I was very reluctant to get into the works of Umberto Eco. In high school, I was recommended to try reading Foucault's Pendulum by a trusted friend, only to end up bouncing off it quite hard. Following that rather sour experience, it was only in a moment when I begrudgingly questioned my own judgement that I gave la nom de la rosa an honest try. ... and how thankful it is that I did. After a long-lost binge on trashy murder mystery novels during my teenage years, this book is all I could ever ask for in a piece of stimultaneous historical mystery and literary fiction.