En ekte helt er alltid en helt ved en feiltagelse; han drømmer om å være en ærlig feiging som alle andre.
Travels in Hyperreality : Essays? (1986), Why Are They Laughing In Those Cages?.
The real hero is always a hero by mistake; he dreams of being an honest coward like everybody else
The real hero is always a hero by mistake; he dreams of being an honest coward like everybody else. If it had been possible he would have settled the matter otherwise, and without bloodshed. He doesn’t boast of his own death or of others’. But he does not repent. He suffers and keeps his mouth shut; if anything, others then exploit him, making him a myth, while he, the man worthy of esteem, was only a poor creature who reacted with dignity and courage in an event bigger than he was.
Tittel: forfatter og filosof
Levde: 1932 - 2016
Umberto Eco var kjent for sin allsidighet og formidlingsglede. Hans første roman, Rosens navn (1980), ble en bestselger i flere land.