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The most playful of historical novelists, Umberto Eco has absorbed the real lesson of history: that there is no such thing as the absolute truth. In Baudolino, he hands his narrative to an Italian peasant who has managed, through good luck and a clever tongue, to become the adopted son of the Emperor, Frederick Barbarossa, and a minister of his court in the closing years of the 12th century. Baudolino's other gift is for spontaneous but convincing lies, and so his unfolding tale--as recounted in 1204 to a nobleman of Constantinople, while the fires of the Fourth Crusade rage around them--exemplifies the Cretan Liar's Paradox: He can't be believed. Why not, then, make his story as outrageous as possible? In the course of his picaresque tale, Baudolino manages to touch on nearly every major theme, conflict, and boondoggle of the Middle Ages: the Crusades; the troubadours; the legend of the Holy Grail; the rise of the cathedral cities; the position of Jews; the market in relics; the local rivalries that made Italy so vulnerable to outside attack; and the perennial power struggles between the pope and the emperor. With the help of alcohol and a mysterious Moorish concoction called "green honey," Baudolino and his ragtag friends engage in typical scholastic debates of the period, trying to determine the dimensions of Solomon's Temple and the location of the Earthly Paradise. And when the Emperor needs support in his claims for saintly lineage, who but Baudolino can craft the perfect letter of homage from the legendary Prester John, Holy (and wholly fictitious) Christian King of the East? A giddy and exasperating romp, Baudolino will draw you into its labyrinthine inventions and half-truths, even if you know better. --Regina MarlerBook Description:
Published in hardcover by Harcourt, October 2002, 0151006903
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Book Description Houghton Mifflin, New York, NY, 2002. Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. First edition. New in new dust jacket. Sewn binding. Cloth over boards. With dust jacket. 528 p. Audience: General/trade. Seller Inventory # 793422
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Book Description Harcourt, Orlando, Florida, U.S.A., 2002. Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. First US Edition. In April 1204, Constantinople is being sacked and burned by the knights of the Fourth Crusade. Amid the carnage, Baudolino saves a historian and a high court official from certain death, and proceeds to tell his own story. Born a simple peasant in northern Italy, he meets a foreign commander in the woods, who sends him to university in Paris. With his friends in Paris, he sets out to find Prester John.translated from Italian by William Weaver. 521 pages, published @ $27.00. Seller Inventory # 13188
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