Another legendary novelist, besides Harper Lee, has died today. Reports have just emerged that The Name of The Rose author Umberto Eco has just died.
Italian novelist and philosopher Umberto Eco, who is best known for his 1980 novel 'The Name of the Rose', has died at 84 – La Repubblica
— BNO News (@BNONews) February 20, 2016
BBC News and other European news outlet have broke the story.
Good reads describes Eco’s book, The Name of The Rose, was about a wealthy Italian Franciscans suspected of heresy in an abbey. This detective novel is accented with brilliant sense of humor and truly thought provoking themes.
A film adaptation starring Sean Connery was released based on Umberto’s novel in 1986.
The timing of Umberto’s death is truly peculiar as the “Rule of Three’s” death cycle adage appears to have unfolded this week.
Antonin Scalia, Harper Lee, and Umberto Eco is the weirdest Rule of Threes of all time.
— Matt Ford (@fordm) February 20, 2016
And before fans could finish finish sharing their condolences for Harper Lee’s passing, and politicians could finish arguing who should take Judge Scalia’s spot, the “Twitterverse” has already began paying their respects for eco.
Along with being a witty, sharp essayist, Umberto Eco wrote more movingly about religious feeling than almost anyone else I've ever read.
— Elizabeth Bruenig (@ebruenig) February 20, 2016
Umberto Eco's bright intelligence was beyond anything imaginable.I feel so privileged to have witnessed it. What a loss. Grazie, professore.
— Annalisa Merelli (@missanabeem) February 20, 2016
RIP Umberto Eco. Even his worst books (and there were some real stinkers) will challenge and improve you: https://t.co/EODm2b4OC1 [it]
— Graeme Wood (@gcaw) February 20, 2016
The novelist and cultural theorist, Eco, possessed an immense philosophical knowledge and mustered up many phenomenal quotes in his day,
The real hero is always a hero by mistake; he dreams of being an honest coward like everybody else — UmbertoEco
According to the Atlantic Umberto Eco was also a renowned semiotician, cultural critic, philosopher, and essayist, in addition to being a prolific novelist Friday.
Eco lost his life to pancreatic cancer according to his Italian publisher, Bompiani.
Eco was born in northern Italy in 1932. His parents worked as an accountant and office worker. Eco’s work was diverse pushed boundaries beyond his time.
Umberto was also a tenured professor at the University of Bologna.
Eco spoke five different languages — a sign of a true intellectual — which included, Italian, French, Spanish, German, and English.
Umberto Eco was also known as a hard-nosed critic and satirist as he gives an introspective look on why humans laugh,
Laughter, and why we laugh, always fascinated me. Man is the only laughing animal because, unlike other animals, we know we have to die. Laughter is a way to tame death, a way not to take our death too seriously, by not taking too seriously our life.
Umberto Eco was solely focused on medieval studies and semiotics until the age of 48 when a friend suggested that he write a “whodunnit” novel, NPRreports.
But if you were to ask the Eco of about his career as a novelist he would reply, “I am a philosopher… I write novels only on the weekends,” as though the writing of his internationally revered books like The Name of the Rose, Foucault’s Pendulum, and The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana were just a hobby to pass the time.
“They have a more complicated philosophy,” Eco told Scott. “And then in the world, there are more losers than winners, and so my readers can identify themselves with the characters.”
NPR also noted that Eco’s works tend to be challenging, riddled with obscure references. Umberto Eco admitted that this approach was intentional and he considered “challenging” a compliment. Eco stated,
“Only publishers and television people believe that people crave easy experiences.”
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