субота, 21. новембар 2009.

Umberto Eko

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IZVOR: http://www.themodernword.com/eco/eco_biography.html

The idea for The Name of the Rose had a very simple genesis: “I began writing in March of 1978, prodded by a seminal idea: I felt like poisoning a monk.” At first, Eco played with the idea of placing his detective story in a modern setting; but soon he realized that his interest in medievalism was manifesting a story set in the Middle Ages. Dragging out notebooks, clippings, papers, and articles that dated all the way back to 1952, Eco began the task of writing a novel tentatively called “Murder in the Abbey.” Soon, however, he decided that this title would place undue focus on the “mystery” aspect of his story, whereas he wanted a novel that could be read as an open text – enigmatic, complex, and open to several layers of interpretation. Inspired by the title of David Copperfield, “Adso of Melk,” became the next working title, but eventually a few lines of medieval verse produced the more poetic “The Name of the Rose.” Finally pleased, Eco has since remarked that “the rose is a symbolic figure so rich in meaning that by now it hardly has any meaning left.” The novel was published in 1980 to almost immediate critical acclaim and widespread enthusiasm: suddenly the name of Umberto Eco was known outside of the world of academia.
Astounded by the success of his novel (his publishing house thought to sell only 30,000 copies; to date over nine million copies have been sold) Eco was unexpectedly thrust into the international spotlight, the subject of a media attention he found both remarkably amusing and irritatingly oppressive. Soon after publication of the novel, the French film director Jean-Jacques Annaud began making an internationally distributed film of The Name of the Rose, bringing Eco even more to the center of global attention – although he respectfully distanced himself from the film, released in 1986. (”It’s Jean-Jacques’s work, not mine.”)