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Cancer claims Umberto Eco


Umberto Eco became another name on the list of creative talent lost this year. He was best known for his historical mystery novel The Name of the Rose. I can’t say I was much of a fan of his work but he was a smart writer. Gotta say, looking at what’s coming up the pipe, I’m a little worried at the rate we’re losing our talent.

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I haven’t read as much of his work as I should have, but I enjoyed what I have seen. His book on translation, ‘Mouse or Rat’, is a favourite.


I can’t say that I’ve ever read any of his books…although I have a copy of The Name of the Rose on my bookshelf (I liked the movie), but I liked the quote from his on the cover of the Dylan Dog Case Files book that Dark Horse released a couple of years ago.

I can read the Bible, Homer, or Dylan Dog for several days without being bored.