Monday, March 5, 2018

Umberto Eco's Library

Here a video of Umberto Eco taking a walk through his private library. I can only wish ...
amazing.

3 comments:

Stephen Zeoli said...

What an awesome library. I expected, however, for it to more dusty and dark, with ladders all over the place to reach the highest shelves. Like a scholars library as depicted in the movies.

GretchenJoanna said...

He does have stacks of books on the floor, I noticed, the way all (we? I can't claim to be in his group, really) real readers seem to do... But truly it does seem so modern and orderly overall. He has a housekeeper, I think.

Raymond L Johnson said...

Interesting to compare tEco's with Norman Mailer's described this month in the TLS
https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/public/norman-mailer-library/ Eco's was kept in one place near Milan while Mailer's was located in at least three. What might this imply about their organizing minds?

Eco discussed his library in an interview with Der Spiegel --
Eco: I'm afraid that, by now, it might actually be 50,000 books. When my secretary wanted to catalogue them, I asked her not to. My interests change constantly, and so does my library. By the way, if you constantly change your interests, your library will constantly be saying something different about you. Besides, even without a catalogue, I'm forced to remember my books. I have a hallway for literature that's 70 meters long. I walk through it several times a day, and I feel good when I do. Culture isn't knowing when Napoleon died. Culture means knowing how I can find out in two minutes. Of course, nowadays I can find this kind of information on the Internet in no time. But, as I said, you never know with the Internet.
http://www.spiegel.de/international/zeitgeist/spiegel-interview-with-umberto-eco-we-like-lists-because-we-don-t-want-to-die-a-659577-2.html