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Umberto Eco
(1932-____) born on
Jan 5
Italian novelist. He is best known for his novel "The Name of the Rose," 1981 which was made into a film.
         
   
F
The good of a book lies in its being read. A book is made up of signs that speak of other signs, which in their turn speak of things. Without an eye to read them, a book contains signs that produce no concepts; therefore it is dumb.

R
A dream is a scripture, and many scriptures are nothing but dreams.
A
The real hero is always a hero by mistake; he dreams of being an honest coward like everybody else.
N
I would define the poetic effect as the capacity that a text displays for continuing to generate different readings, without ever being completely consumed.
K
Nothing gives a fearful man more courage than another's fear.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: Brother William, in The Name of the Rose, "Fifth Day: Vespers" (1980; tr. 1983).
R: Brother William, in The Name of the Rose, "Sixth Day: After Terce" (1980; tr. 1983).
A: Travels in Hyper Reality
N: Reflections on the Name of the Rose, "Telling the Process" (1983; tr. 1984).
K: The Name of the Rose, "Third Day: After Compline" (1980; tr. 1983).
   


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