Press Release: Foucault's Pendulum
Illustrated by Neil Packer
‘Brilliant, funny, encompassing everything you ever wanted to know about practically everything (including numerology, James Bond’s foes, and the construction of sewers), this book is both extraordinarily learned and well plotted’
THE SUNDAY TIMES
The Folio Society is delighted to publish Umberto Eco’s witty and intelligent novel set in the worlds of publishing and conspiracy theorists. This edition has been produced in series with the 2001 Folio edition of The Name of the Rose, also illustrated by Neil Packer, which sold over 25,000 copies.
When a group of editors at a Milan publishing house become bored of reading manuscripts about the mystical and the supernatural, they decide to create their very own conspiracy theory. Their elaborate hoax, known as ‘the Plan’, pinpoints a place from which all the powers of the earth can be controlled: in Paris, at Foucault’s pendulum. However, persons unknown are taking their Plan seriously, and what started as an amusing diversion becomes a game of life or death, as the truth becomes harder and harder to identify…
Acclaimed illustrator Neil Packer has produced 11 images as dense and packed with dazzling detail as the book itself.
Umberto Eco was an acclaimed novelist, essayist, philosopher and literary critic. He was also an influential figure in the fields of semiotics, anthropology and the study of medieval aesthetics – an eclectic range of interests that is evident in Foucault’s joyful exploration from the Grail to Superman to numerology.
Bound in buckram, blocked with a design by the artist. Set in Garamond. 632 pages. 11 colour illustrations. 10 hand-drawn part titles. Illustrated endpapers. 10″ x 6¼”
UK £49.95 US $79.95 Can $99.95 Aus $99.95
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