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Eco, Umberto (Translated by Richard Dixon). NUMERO ZERO. London, England: Harvill Secker, 2015. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 190 pages. As New/As New.

The author's seventh and valedictory novel. One of Umberto Eco's most thrilling achievements. The first appearance of the title in English and in the United Kingdom. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The British production is superior in every respect to the American Edition. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Umberto Eco's "Numero Zero" in a felicitous English translation. The great author's last novel and book, "about the murky world of media politics, conspiracy, and murder", subjects close to his heart from the very beginning of his stupendous career, and fittingly, encompassing events that helped lead up to our new century, which began with not one but three zeros (2000). "The murder of Pope John Paul I, the CIA, red terrorists handled by secret services, twenty years of bloodshed, and events that seem outlandish until the BBC proves them true. A fragile love story between two born losers, a failed ghost writer, and a vulnerable girl, who specializes in celebrity gossip yet cries over the Second Movement of Beethoven's Seventh Symphony. And then a dead body that suddenly appears in a back alley in Milan. Set in 1992, and foreshadowing the mysteries and follies of the following twenty years, 'Numero Zero' is a scintillating take on our times" (Publisher's blurb). "I am recounting things that really happened. The fact that History can be quite so devious may cause the reader's brow to become lightly beaded with sweat. He will look anxiously behind him, switch on all the lights, and suspect that these things could happen again today. And he will think as I do: They are among us" (Umberto Eco). Time flies: One looked forward to a new Umberto Eco book with reliable, nearly annual, regularity, and even if, lest one forget, the book in question needed to be translated first - with the author's complete involvement and full blessing - before it could actually be published. Those of us who were fortunate enough to see and hear him in person knew first-hand that apart from being a ground-breaking scholar, philosopher, cultural critic ("semiotician"), and literary artist/novelist, Eco was a fastidious polylinguist whose command of the English language was better than most native speakers'. Umberto Eco died on February 19, 2016 at the age of 84, the exact same day as Harper Lee, another literary icon of the less prolific kind, who died at the age of 89. They will both be missed. An absolute "must-have" title for Umberto Eco collectors. This copy is very boldly and beautifully signed in blue ink-pen on the title page by Umberto Eco. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. Eco signed his name in full (as opposed to the more common "U. Eco"), and his signature is clean, flowing, and elegant. This title will become a contemporary classic. As his last book, it has a special significance. This is one of very few such signed copies of the First British Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: As far as we know, Umberto Eco signed copies of the First British Edition only, and through his publisher only (he died shortly afterwards). So signed copies are rare, commanding as much as $300 online. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare signed copy thus. One of the greatest writers of our time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER UMBERTO ECO TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1910701084. $200.00

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