Umberto Eco

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Umberto Eco (1932-2016), 2005

This podcast was first posted on February 20, 2016. A conversation with Umberto Eco (1932-2016), author of Name of the Rose, Foucault’s Pendulum, and other novels. Umberto Eco, who died on February 19, 2016 at the age of 84, was one of the world’s leading semiologists, studying the relationship of signs and symbols to meaning and language. He was also a well-known and well respected novelist. The Name of the Rose, a detective novel set in the middle ages, became a surprise best-seller, and he followed it up with Foucault’s Pendulum, which dealt with world conspiracies, and five later novels.