• "Confirms Eco as an outstanding writer of philosophy dressed as fiction"

    Stephanie Merrit, Observer
  • "As always with Eco, there is much to admire"

    Sunday Times
  • "A beautiful evocation of a difficult period of Italian history, full of the flair and erudition for which we love Eco"

  • "Genuinely clever...the writing, the quotes and the pictures often tickle the brain"

    Irish Independent
  • "Witty, playful, and incorrigibly erudite, Eco clearly had fun writing this book. There is much to enjoy"

    Daily Mail