All the Knowledge in the World: Reflections on Eco’s Library

I was on a book tour in Italy recently. In an attempt to brush up my Italian beforehand, I watched, on youtube, interviews with Primo Levi, Italo Calvino, Stefano Benni, Orianna Fallaci, and Umberto Eco. Listening to Eco, I was reminded of his famous library, which contained 30,000 books. His home was described by Lila Azam Zanganeh in…

RIP Umberto Eco, 1932-2016

“The real hero is always a hero by mistake. He dreams of being an honest coward like everybody else.” “I always assume that a good book is more intelligent than its author. It can say things that the writer is not aware of.” “Italy is not an intellectual country. On the subway in Tokyo, everybody…