Numero Zero (Hardback)
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Numero Zero (Hardback)

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Hardback 208 Pages / Published: 05/11/2015
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1945, Lake Como. Mussolini and his mistress are captured and shot by local partisans. The precise circumstances of Il Duce's death remain shrouded in confusion and controversy. 1992, Milan. Colonna, a depressed hack writer, is offered a fee he can't refuse to ghost-write a memoir. His subject: a fledgling newspaper financed by a powerful media magnate. As Colonna gets to know the team, he learns the paranoid theories of Braggadocio, who is convinced that Mussolini's corpse was a body-double and part of a wider Fascist plot. It's the scoop he desperately needs. The evidence? He's working on it. Colonna is sceptical. But when a body is found, stabbed to death in a back alley, and the paper is shut down, even he is jolted out of his complacency. Fuelled by conspiracy theories, Mafiosi, love, corruption and murder, Numero Zero reverberates with the clash of forces that have shaped Italy since the Second World War. This gripping novel from the author of The Name of the Rose is told with all the power of a master storyteller.

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9781910701089
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 386 g
Dimensions: 222 x 144 x 23 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"A triumph" * Scotland on Sunday *
"A smart, modern mystery" -- Justine Carbery * Independent *
"A novel for our times" * Irish News *
"Brims with exuberant inventiveness" -- Terry Eagleton * Times Literary Supplement *
"Combines farce and conspiracy thriller while retaining the author's familiar sense of detachment" -- Anthony Cummins * Guardian *
"Cynical but heartfelt, utterly flippant yet deadly serious" -- Mark Sanderson * The Times *
"A conte philosophique on our tendency to see conspiracies everywhere... in the end, a damning confirmation of the long moral and civic decline of Italy over the past fifty years" * Il Sole 24 Ore *

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“Great conspiracy thriller...”

What would happen if Mussolini wasn't the person who was captured an shot. Umberto Eco has written the most interesting conspiracy thriller full of love, corruption,murder and Mafia. It is incredibly gripping... More

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“The King of Conspiracy Returns”

Quite simply without Umberto Eco we would have had no Dan Brown and the wonder of the conspiracy theory at the heart of a novel. Numero Zero is his seventh novel and carries on in much the same vain as his previous... More

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“Fantastically clever...”

I was delighted when I received a proof of this book, and It didn't disappoint! A clever frame narration breaks down the boundaries between the personal and the public, while intricate plots of conspiracy and... More

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