Saturday July 4, 2020

Eco smothers his story in lush imagery

The Mysterious Flame Of Queen Loana, by Umberto Eco, Secker& Warburg, €16.

13th August, 2005

The Mysterious Flame Of Queen Loana, by Umberto Eco, Secker& Warburg, €16.

Umberto Eco's latest novel is a feast of colour. Many of the illustrations come from comics and old children's books, but between the snippets of Flash Gordon and images of Sherlock Holmes on a train are family photographs, film stills, stamps and postcards of fascist propaganda.

Giambattista Bodoni, or Yambo, is a 60-year-old antiquarian bookseller who has lost his episodic memory. He...

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