Numero zero / Umberto Eco ; translated from the Italian by Richard Dixon.
Contributor(s): Dixon, Richard [translator.]Publisher: New York : Mariner Books, 2015Copyright date: ©2015Edition: First U.S. editionDescription: 191 pages ; 21 cmContent type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780544811836; 9780544635081; 9780544668263Uniform titles: Numero zero. English. Subject(s): Mussolini, Benito, 1883-1945 -- Death and burial -- Fiction | Civilization, Modern -- 20th century -- Fiction | Newspapers -- Italy -- Fiction | Newspapers -- Political aspects -- Fiction | Milan (Italy) -- FictionGenre/Form: Alternative histories (Fiction). | Satirical literature. DDC classification: 853.92
Originally published in Italian by Bompiani, Milan, 2015, under the title Numero zero. This translation first published in 2015 in Great Britain by Harvill Secker.
1945, Lake Como. Mussolini and his mistress are captured and shot by local partisans. The precise circumstances of Il Duce's death remain controversial. 1992, Milan. Colonna, a depressed hack writer, is offered a fee he can't resist to ghostwrite a book. His subject: a fledgling newspaper, which happens to be financed by a powerful media magnate. As Colonna gets to know the team, he learns of the editor's paranoid theory that Mussolini's corpse was a body double and part of a wider Fascist plot. It's the scoop the newspaper desperately needs, The evidence? He's working on it. It's all here: media hoaxes, Mafiosi, the CIA, the Pentagon, blackmail, love, gossip, and murder. A clash of forces that have shaped Italy since World War II---from Mussolini to Berlusconi.