Baudolino by Umberto Eco

By Umberto Eco

It's April 1204, and Constantinople, the sumptuous capital of the Byzantine Empire, is being sacked and burned by means of the knights of the Fourth campaign. Amid the carnage and confusion, one Baudolino saves a historian and excessive court docket authentic from definite dying by the hands of the crusading warriors and proceeds to inform his personal fantastical story.

Born an easy peasant in northern Italy, Baudolino has significant gifts-a expertise for studying languages and a ability in telling lies. while nonetheless a boy he meets a overseas commander within the woods, captivating him together with his quickly wit and energetic brain. The commander-who proves to be Emperor Frederick Barbarossa-adopts Baudolino and sends him to the college in Paris, the place he makes a couple of fearless, adventurous friends.

Spurred on by way of myths and their very own reveries, this merry band units out looking for Prester John, a mythical priest-king stated to rule over an unlimited nation within the East-a phantasmagorical land of wierd creatures with eyes on their shoulders and mouths on their stomachs, of eunuchs, unicorns, and gorgeous maidens.

With impressive digressions, outrageous methods, amazing feeling, and vicarious reflections on our postmodern age, this is often Eco the storyteller at his really good best.

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