Umberto Eco: ‘People are tired of simple things. They want to be challenged’

(The Guardian)
„…Whether or not it is a return to form, it is certainly a return to Eco’s favourite subject – conspiracies. Simonini is presented as the originator of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, the early 20th-century fake text that purported to detail a Jewish conspiracy aimed at world domination. Following its publication in Russia in 1903, it was widely read and believed, despite being shown to have been plagiarised from fictional sources. Hitler quoted it extensively, and even now its poison circulates. Eco pieces together what little is known of the origins of the text, and offers Simonini, an amoral Italian living in Paris, as the originator of the most toxic of all forgeries…
   Conspiracies in general, and the Protocols in particular, have been recurrent themes in Eco’s work, notably in his second novel, Foucault’s Pendulum, where as a joke three nondescript book editors concoct a grand conspiracy that comes to take over their lives. Why do the Protocols preoccupy him? …
Eco’s new book has been attacked by some for regurgitating an antisemitic text, but he argues that the Protocols can easily be found on the internet and that „weak readers” who misunderstand his purpose will be misled elsewhere. „You are not responsible for perverse readings of your book,” he says. „Catholic priests said don’t give Madame Bovary to a young girl to read because she might be seduced by adultery.”…

MORE: http://www.theguardian.com/books/2011/nov/27/umberto-eco-people-tired-simple-things

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