The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana

  • by Umberto Eco
  • Narrated by George Guidall
  • 14 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Internationally best-selling author Umberto Eco is a master stylist whose books, including The Name of the Rose and Baudolino, have been savored by millions around the world. Now, with The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana, Eco crafts another of the ambitious and breathtaking novels that are his trademark. When book dealer Yambo suffers amnesia, he loses all sense of who he is, but retains memories of all the books, poems, songs, and movies he has ever experienced. To reclaim his identity, he retreats to the family home and rummages through old letters, photographs, and mementos stored in the attic. Yambo's mind swirls with thoughts, and he struggles to retrieve the one memory that may be most sacred, that of Lila Saba, his first love. Steeped in nostalgia and filled with vivid, sometimes wondrous imagery, The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana is a magnificent addition to Eco's literary legacy.

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What the Critics Say

"Compelling storytelling and greatly sympathetic characters." (Booklist)
"An absorbing exploration of how that most fundamental master-narrative, our memory, is pieced together from a bricolage of pop culture." (Publishers Weekly)
"A head-spinning tour through the corridors of history and popular culture, and one of this sly entertainer's liveliest yet." (Kirkus Reviews)

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Yambo ? more Rimbaud than Rambo - great fun

The last novel by the President of the Scuola Superiore di Studi Umanistici and what a wonderful potpourri of Italian high-brow low culture. A natural heir to James Joyce and the literary equivalent of a Fellini movie ? beautiful and moving, funny and sharp, always intelligent?.and those women!!
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-07-2005
  • Publisher: Recorded Books