By Umberto Eco
It really is April 1204, and Constantinople, the luxurious capital of the Byzantine Empire, is being sacked and burned by means of the knights of the Fourth campaign. Amid the carnage and confusion, one Baudolino saves a historian and excessive court docket reputable from yes demise by the hands of the crusading warriors and proceeds to inform his personal fantastical story.
Born an easy peasant in northern Italy, Baudolino has significant gifts-a expertise for studying languages and a ability in telling lies. while nonetheless a boy he meets a overseas commander within the woods, fascinating him along with his speedy wit and vigorous brain. The commander-who proves to be Emperor Frederick Barbarossa-adopts Baudolino and sends him to the college in Paris, the place he makes a few fearless, adventurous friends.
Spurred on through myths and their very own reveries, this merry band units out looking for Prester John, a mythical priest-king acknowledged to rule over an enormous country within the East-a phantasmagorical land of odd creatures with eyes on their shoulders and mouths on their stomachs, of eunuchs, unicorns, and beautiful maidens.
With surprising digressions, outrageous tips, impressive feeling, and vicarious reflections on our postmodern age, this can be Eco the storyteller at his fantastic best.