Umberto Eco, (1932-2016), literary critic, novelist and semiotician. His studies focused mainly on the history of aesthetics, avant-garde poetics and mass communication.
Among his novels, the best known is without a doubt Il nome della rosa (1980), translated into more than 40 languages, which has become an international bestseller having sold over 50 million copies worldwide, followed by:
His essays on philosophy, semiotics, linguistics, aesthetics include:
Among the numerous awards received, we mention the honor of the Commandeur de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France (1985) and Cavaliere di Gran Croce dell'Ordine al merito della Repubblica italiana (1996).