Umberto Eco

Interpreter of cultures

Print edition : April 01, 2016

Umberto Eco was often accused of being "pseudo-cerebral" in his writings. Photo: JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP

In Umberto Eco’s (1934-2016) death, the world has lost a semiotician who blended scholarship with pop iconography, an intellectual who believed in producing new knowledge in a creative manner, and a brilliant academic and writer.
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