Umberto Eco was born in Alessandria, Italy, in 1932. He is the author of five novels; among them The Name of the Rose and Foucault’s Pendulum, and numerous collections of essays. A semiotician, philosopher, and medievalist, for many years he has been a professor at the University of Bologna. He has received the Premio Strega and the Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur. He lives in Milan.