A Narrator Should Not Supply Interpretations

A narrator should not supply interpretations of his work; otherwise he would have not written a novel, which is a machine for generating interpretations.

Umberto Eco Quotes (Author of The Name of the Rose). (2020). Retrieved 5 January 2020, from https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/1730.Umberto_Eco

A Book Is A Fragile Creature

A book is a fragile creature, it suffers the wear of time, it fears rodents, the elements and clumsy hands. so the librarian protects the books not only against mankind but also against nature and devotes his life to this war with the forces of oblivion.

Umberto Eco Quotes (Author of The Name of the Rose). (2020). Retrieved 5 January 2020, from https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/1730.Umberto_Eco

Without Giving Any Thought To The Rules

When the writer (or the artist in general) says he has worked without giving any thought to the rules of the process, he simply means he was working without realizing he knew the rules.

Umberto Eco Quotes (Author of The Name of the Rose). (2020). Retrieved 5 January 2020, from https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/1730.Umberto_Eco

The Reason People Tell Stories

To read fiction means to play a game by which we give sense to the immensity of things that happened, are happening, or will happen in the actual world. By reading narrative, we escape the anxiety that attacks us when we try to say something true about the world. This is the consoling function of narrative — the reason people tell stories, and have told stories from the beginning of time.

Umberto Eco Quotes (Author of The Name of the Rose). (2020). Retrieved 5 January 2020, from https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/1730.Umberto_Eco

A Novel Is Like A Child

Every time that I write a novel I am convinced for at least two years that it is the last one, because a novel is like a child. It takes two years after its birth. You have to take care of it. It starts walking, and then speaking.

Umberto Eco Quotes (Author of The Name of the Rose). (2020). Retrieved 5 January 2020, from https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/1730.Umberto_Eco

Entering A Novel Is Like Going On A Climb

Entering a novel is like going on a climb in the mountains: you have to learn the rhythm of respiration, acquire the pace; otherwise you stop right away.

Umberto Eco Quotes (Author of The Name of the Rose). (2020). Retrieved 5 January 2020, from https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/1730.Umberto_Eco