The Name of the Rose

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Paperback, 536 pages

Published: September 28th 1994 by Harvest Books (first published 1980)

Original Title: Il nome della rosa

ISBN: 0156001314 (ISBN13: 9780156001311)

Edition Language: English

Characters: William of Baskerville, Adso of Melk

Setting: Italian Benedictine monastery, 1327 (Italy)

Italy, 1327

Literary Awards: إمبيرتو, Premio Strega (1981), Edgar Award Nominee for Best Novel (1984), PEN Translation Prize for William Weaver (1984), Premio Anghiari (1981)Premio Il Libro dell’anno (1981), Prix Médicis Etranger (1982), このミステリーがすごい! for Best Translated Mystery Novel of the Year in Japan (1991)

The year is 1327. Benedictines in a wealthy Italian abbey are suspected of heresy, and Brother William of Baskerville arrives to investigate. When his delicate mission is suddenly overshadowed by seven bizarre deaths, Brother William turns detective. His tools are the logic of Aristotle, the theology of Aquinas, the empirical insights of Roger Bacon—all sharpened to a glistening edge by wry humor and a ferocious curiosity. He collects evidence, deciphers secret symbols and coded manuscripts, and digs into the eerie labyrinth of the abbey, where “the most interesting things happen at night.”

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