The gripping new conspiracy thriller by the internationally bestselling author of The Name of the Rose
The gripping new conspiracy thriller by the bestselling author of The Name of the Rose
1945, Lake Como. Mussolini and his mistress are captured and shot by local partisans. The precise circumstances of Il Duce’s death remain shrouded in confusion and controversy.
1992, Milan. Colonna takes a job at a fledgling newspaper financed by a powerful media magnate. There he learns the paranoid theories of Braggadocio, who is convinced that Mussolini’s corpse was a body-double and part of a wider Fascist plot.
Colonna is sceptical. But when a body is found, stabbed to death in a back alley, and the paper is shut down, even he is jolted out of his complacency.
Fuelled by conspiracy theories, Mafiosi, love, corruption and murder, Numero Zero reverberates with the clash of forces that have shaped Italy since the Second World War. This gripping novel from the author of The Name of the Rose is told with all the power of a master storyteller.
Scotland on Sunday
“A smart, modern mystery”
Justine Carbery, Independent
“A novel for our times”
“Brims with exuberant inventiveness”
Terry Eagleton, Times Literary Supplement
“Combines farce and conspiracy thriller while retaining the author’s familiar sense of detachment”
Anthony Cummins, Guardian
“Cynical but heartfelt, utterly flippant yet deadly serious”
Mark Sanderson, The Times
“A conte philosophique on our tendency to see conspiracies everywhere… in the end, a damning confirmation of the long moral and civic decline of Italy over the past fifty years”
Il Sole 24 Ore
“Eco’s novel on post-War Italy inevitably turns into a detective story. But it's one without a culprit: like all the great detective stories of [Italy’s] recent history...[which] Eco revisits at high speed in this fast-paced, frequently entertaining novel”
“Practically a manual on today’s media”
Roberto Saviano, L'Espresso
“A kaleidoscopic, playful, yet deadly serious satire”