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Umberto Eco (1932-2016) - Italian novelist, essayist, literary critic, philosopher, semiotician. Photo © Robbie Fimmano

Italian writer Umberto Eco, shot by Robbie Fimmano for Interview Magazine. As an essayist, he forever changed the way we think about popular culture. As a novelist, Umberto Eco has written the secret history of the world.

"The beautiful abstract illustrations by Italian artist Eugenio Carmi contain recurring symbols that reiterate the story in a visceral way as the child learns to draw connections between the meaning of the images with the meaning of the words."

The Bomb and the General: A Vintage Semiotic Children’s Book by Umberto Eco circa 1966

The Bomb and the General Umberto Eco Iconic novelist and philosopher Umberto Eco’s little-known 1966 children’s book, exploring themes of harmony and peace through his lifelong obsession with.

How does a person feel when looking at the sky? He thinks that he doesn’t have enough tongues to describe what he sees. Nevertheless, people have never stopping describing the sky, simply listing what they see... We have a limit, a very discouraging, humiliating limit: death. That’s why we like all the things that we assume have no limits and, therefore, no end. It’s a way of escaping thoughts about death. We like lists because we don’t want to die. –  2009 Umberto Eco

How does a person feel when looking at the sky? He thinks that he doesn’t have enough tongues to describe what he sees. Nevertheless, people have never stopping describing the sky, simply listing what they see... We have a limit, a very discouraging, humiliating limit: death. That’s why we like all the things that we assume have no limits and, therefore, no end. It’s a way of escaping thoughts about death. We like lists because we don’t want to die. – 2009 Umberto Eco

“Until then I had thought each book spoke of the things, human or divine, that lie outside books. Now I realized that not infrequently books speak of books: it is as if they spoke among themselves. In the light of this reflection, the library seemed all the more disturbing to me." __Umberto Eco, The Name of the Rose [Credit -Library, Melk, Austria]

Austria - Stift Melk Library We weren't allowed to take photos of the library so i searched for one online. a beautiful place

Poetry is not a matter of feelings, it is a matter of language.  It is language which creates feelings. - Umberto Eco  #quote #quotes #quoteoftheday #qotd

Poetry is not a matter of feelings, it is a matter of language. It is language which creates feelings.

How to become an “antischolar” in a culture that treats knowledge as “an ornament that allows us to rise in the pecking order.”

Umberto Eco’s Antilibrary: Why Unread Books Are More Valuable to Our Lives than Read Ones

How to become an “antischolar” in a culture that treats knowledge as “an ornament that allows us to rise in the pecking order.” Umberto Eco’s Antilibrary

"The thought that all experience will be lost at the moment of my death makes me feel pain and fear... What a waste, decades spent building up experience, only to throw it all away... We remedy this sadness by working. For example, by writing, painting, or building cities.", Umberto Eco

"The thought that all experience will be lost at the moment of my death makes me feel pain and fear... What a waste, decades spent building up experience, only to throw it all away... We remedy this sadness by working. For example, by writing, painting, or building cities.", Umberto Eco

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