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The Prague Cemetery

Saturday, September 7, 2019 7 Elul 5779

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Join us as we explore modern anti-Semitism’s underlying ideology via the fictional memoir of the fictional author of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion as conveyed in the novel The Prague Cemetery by Umberto Eco (translated from the Italian by Richard Dixon).

BPL has six print copies, an ebook edition, and an audio CD. Used hardcover copies are available on Amazon for $5 (including shipping). An audiobook version is available from Audible. The three month interval between discussions should leave sufficient time to acquire a copy and read its 445 pp. Place your library holds or purchase orders sooner rather than later.

"A whirlwind tour of conspiracy and political intrigue...this dark tale is delightfully embellished with sophisticated and playful commentary on, among other things, Freud, metafiction, and the challenges of historiography. " -- Booklist
"He' s got a humdinger in this new high-level whodunit...a perplexing, multilayered, attention-holding mystery." -- Kirkus, starred review

"The Prague Cemetery takes the power of fakery in history to new heights. At the center of the narrative is the most notorious fake document in modern history, The Protocols of the Elders of Zion . . . As depicted with appalling gusto, the bubbling away of such stories drives on the terrors of history, feeding and lending credibility to the loud ravings of the depraved."  Times Literary Supplement (UK)

J'accuse is always timely, but there has rarely been anyone to write it until the advent of the falsely demonic Umberto Eco, a Zola posing as the devil. His is a satanically dangerous novel, as are all ironic tales, especially if they should fall into the hands of a naive reader. So: naive readers, country bumpkins, gullible gapers, keep away! This magnificently sly, scarifying, circuitous, history-besotted jape is meant solely for the wise, the intrepid, and (if one may nowadays dare this biblical note) the righteous."  Cynthia Ozick

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