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Umberto Eco biography

Born in Alessandria in 1932, Umberto Eco is a is an Italian semiotician, essayist, philosopher, literary critic, and novelist, and President of the School of Humanities at the University of Bologna.

Among his nonfiction works are included: "Open Work" ("Opera aperta", 1962), "The Absent Structure" ("La struttura assente", 1968), "A Theory of Semiotics" ("Trattato di semiotica generale", 1975), "Lector in fabula" (1979), "Semiotics and the Philosophy of Language" ("Semiotica e filosofia del linguaggio", 1984). Followed by "The Limits of Interpretation" ("I limiti dell'interpretazione", 1990), The Search for the Perfect Language ("La ricerca della lingua perfetta", 1993);

"Six Walks in the Fictional Woods" ("Sei passeggiate nei boschi narrativi", 1994), "Kant and the Platypus" ("Kant e l’ornitorinco", 1997), "On Literature" ("Sulla letteratura", 2002).

In addition, among its collections are worth mentioning: "Misreadings"("Diario Minimo", 1963), "How to Travel with a Salmon & Other Essays" ("Il secondo Diario Minimo", 1990), which includes a first anthology of "La Bustina di Minerva" (1999), "Five Moral Pieces" ("Cinque scritti morali", 1997).

In 1980 he makes his debut in fiction with "The name of the rose" ("Il nome della rosa", 1980) that won the Strega Award in 1981, followed in 1998 by "Foucault's Pendulum" ("Il Pendolo di Foucault", 1994) from "The Island of the Day Before" ("L'isola del giorno prima", 1994) and "Baudolino" ("Baudolino", 2000).

In 2004 is "The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana" ("La misteriosa fiamma della Regina Loana"), and in 2010 his last novel, "The Prague Cemetery" ("Il cimitero di Praga").
Since 2010, Umberto Eco is a member of the Accademia dei Lincei for the class of Moral Sciences, History and Philosophy.

He is considered one of the most respected Italian intellectuals abroad, he has received 38 honorary degrees and is the world's most translated Italian writer. He has been awarded the highest honors conferred by foreign countries such as Germany, France and Spain and the Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic.

In 1997 he receives the medal for meritorious of culture and art.

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