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Foucault's Pendulum (1988) [Novel]
by Umberto Eco Rating: Weighted - 7.8 / Average - 7.8 of 10 (55 votes) (Rate!)
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Summary (From the publisher):

One Colonel Ardenti, who has unnaturally black, brilliantined hair, an Adolphe Menjou mustache, wears maroon socks, and once served in the Foreign Legion, starts it all. He tells three Milan editors that he has discovered a coded message about a Templar Plan, centuries old and involving Stonehenge, to tap a mystic source of power greater than atomic energy.

The editors (who have spent altogether too much time rewriting crackpot manuscripts on the occult by self-subsidizing poetasters and dilettantes) decide to have a little fun. They'll make a Plan of their own. But how?

Randomly they throw in manuscript pages on hermetic thought. The Masters of the World, who live beneath the earth. The Comte de Saint-Germain, who lives forever. The secrets of the solar system contained in the measurements of the Great Pyramid. The Satanic initiation rites of the Knights of the Temple. Assassins, Rosicrucians, Brazilian voodoo. They feed all this into their computer, which is named Abulafia (Abu for short), after the medieval Jewish cabalist.

A terrific joke, they think--until people begin to disappear mysteriously, one by one, starting with Colonel Ardenti.

Original title: Pendolo di Foucault
Original languages: Italian


Genre: FictionGeneral Fiction
FictionCrime and MysteryArcane And Academic Thrillers

Edition #1: Foucault's Pendulum

Foucault's Pendulum (1989)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Edition: English translation
  • "As brilliant and quirky as THE NAME OF THE ROSE, as mischievous and wide-raning....A virtuoso performance." The San Francisco Chronicle
  • "True, Eco not only shares the semiotician's belief that language determines reality, but he brings it to life both in the large-scale mechanics of the plot, with its startling denouement, and in a succession of witty asides ('the penis,' concludes the narrator is one of his more disorientated moments, 'is nothing but a phallic symbol'). But this book has absorbed the tenets of post-modernism only to move beyond them, and at its centre lies a core of profoundly old-fashioned humanism. " Jonathan Coe, The Guardian
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Foucault's Pendulum (2007)

Format: Paperback
Publisher: Harcourt Brace & Company
ISBN: 015603297X
Pages: 623

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Foucault's Pendulum (1990)

Format: Paperback
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 0345368754
Pages: 533

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