Famous Italian writer Eco dies at 84
Italian author Umberto Eco has died aged 84, ending a writing career that spanned decades and covered subjects both profound and mundane.
Eco died Friday of cancer at his home in Milan. He was, like the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera said, one of Italy’s most famous intellectuals.
His novels, though thought-provoking, had popular appeal.
His most famous work, the best-selling historical novel The name of the rosewas made into a movie starring Sean Connery in 1986. The novel published in 1980 has been translated into 43 languages and has sold millions of copies.
Eco was a professional scholar, having studied philosophy and then specializing in semiotics, the study of signs and symbols.
Her second novel, Foucault’s pendulumwas such a complicated thriller that it came with an annotated guide to help readers follow the plot.
Eco’s road to literary fame has been long and filled with unlikely detours.
As a teenager in northern Italy, he wrote comics and fantasy novels. He worked as a journalist for Italian television from the 1950s, then wrote children’s books and columns for Italian newspapers.
Over the past decade, Eco has published collections of current affairs essays and, last year, a novel about the Italian political scandal titled digit zero.