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Posted: December 31, 2011 in Book Review

The Prague CemeteryThe Prague Cemetery by Umberto Eco
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Conspiracies.Every nation has its own secrets , perpetrating forgeries, plots, and massacres. From the unification of Italy to the Paris Commune to the Dreyfus Affair to “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion,” Priests, anarchists, satanists… But what if, behind all of these conspiracies both real and imagined, lay one lone man? What if that evil genius created its most infamous document? What if Aryanism, Malthusian rhetoric, Zionism, and World Wars were all the product of one sadistic document…that was the product of one man’s fevered imagination. But wouldn’t certain of these cabals contradict the plans of the other, I mean if they came from one man and all? What if the one was a two…what if he had a split personality…so that the right hand didn’t know what the left hand was doing. Until they met one another in the pages of their respective diaries and in the middle of their twisted doctrine conceived, as it were, in “The Prague Cemetery”.

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