The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loama

The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loama by Umberto Eco 

Introduced by Anne Brichto of Addyman Books in Hay-on-Wye 

Possibly one of the best Umberto Eco novels. This book is about a rare book dealer in Milan who has severe memory loss and can remember the plots of every book he has read but nothing about his own life. He doesn’t even recognise his wife or daughters. In this partially graphic novel he goes on a voyage of discovery through the papers and remains in the attic of his old family house. This week we are sending this copy of The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loama to a customer in France.

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Umberto Eco died on the 19th February 2016. Here is his obituary in The Guardian:

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/feb/20/umberto-eco-1932-2016

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One thought on “The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loama

  1. Much as I distrust Eco’s opinions (the Guardian article makes it clear why I would; he is wrong on every conceivable subject) Anne’s review makes the novel sound intriguing. I too grew up in a large family house with a huge attic that was jam-packed with junk (heirlooms, papers, old books and so forth) and now I am losing my memory (faster than I can keep up). … If I recall, this book is about such a character, so I may find a few tips. Did I ever mention, by the way, that I too er did something or other vaguely related to what I was saying just now (possibly)?

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