The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana

The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana

An Illustrated Novel

Book - 2005
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Yambo, a sixtyish rare-book dealer who lives in Milan, has suffered a loss of memory-he can remember the plot of every book he has ever read, every line of poetry, but he no longer knows his own name, doesn't recognize his wife or his daughters, and remembers nothing about his parents or his childhood. In an effort to retrieve his past, he withdraws to the family home somewhere in the hills between Milan and Turin.There, in the sprawling attic, he searches through boxes of old newspapers, comics, records, photo albums, and adolescent diaries. And so Yambo relives the story of his generation: Mussolini, Catholic education and guilt, Josephine Baker, Flash Gordon, Fred Astaire. His memories run wild, and the life racing before his eyes takes the form of a graphic novel. Yambo struggles through the frames to capture one simple, innocent image: that of his first love.

A fascinating, abundant new novel-wide-ranging, nostalgic, funny, full of heart-from the incomparable Eco.

Publisher: Orlando, FL : Harcourt, Inc., c2005.
ISBN: 9780151011407
Branch Call Number: FIC ECO
Characteristics: 469 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Brock, Geoffrey 1964-


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Sleeklioness Aug 26, 2016

I liked the beginning, but I felt like I was reference material.

Feb 11, 2016

This author does not do "light reading" material. My favorite is The Name of the Rose, but this one is interesting with the way he weaves into the story excerpts from books and other written material. He also gives a glimpse of life for a youngster during WW II in Italy with Fascism.


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