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Eco returns to the Middle Ages with Baudolino - a wondrous, provocative, beguiling tale of history, myth, and invention. It is April, 1204, and Constantinople, the splendid capital of the Byzantine Empire, is being sacked and burned by the knights of the fourth Crusade. Amid the carnage and confusion, one Baudolino saves a Byzantine historian and high court official from certain death at the hands of the crusading warriors, and proceeds to tell his own fantastical story. Born a simple peasant in northern Italy, Baudolino has two major gifts - a talent for learning foreign languages and skill in relling lies. One day, when still a boy, he met a foreign commander in the woods, charming him with his quick wit and lively mind. The commander - who proves to be the emperor Frederick Barbarossa - adopts Baudolino and sends him to the university in Paris, where he makes a number of fearless, adventurous friends. Spurred on by myths and their own reveries, this merry band sets out in search of Prester John, a legendary priest-king who was said to rule over a vast kingdom in the East - a phantasmagorical land of strange creatures with eyes on their shoulders and mouths on their stomachs, of eunuchs, unicorns, and lovely maidens. As always with Eco, this abundant novel includes dazzling digressions, outrageous tricks, pages of extraordinary feeling and poetry, and vicarious reflections on our postmodern age. Baudolino is an utterly marvelous tale by the inimitable author of The Name of the Rose.

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October 2002 : USA Hardback
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Title: Baudolino
Author(s): Umberto Eco
ISBN: 0-15-100690-3 / 978-0-15-100690-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harcourt
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October 2002 : UK Hardback
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Title: Baudolino
Author(s): Umberto Eco
ISBN: 0-436-27603-8 / 978-0-436-27603-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Secker and Warburg
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Paperback Editions

October 2003 : UK Paperback
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Title: Baudolino
Author(s): Umberto Eco
ISBN: 0-09-942239-5 / 978-0-09-942239-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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October 2003 : USA Paperback
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Title: Baudolino
Author(s): Umberto Eco
ISBN: 0-15-602906-5 / 978-0-15-602906-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Mariner Books
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October 2003 : UK Paperback
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Title: Baudolino
Author(s): Umberto Ecco
ISBN: 0-09-942839-3 / 978-0-09-942839-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Random House Uk Ltd
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January 2002 : USA Paperback
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Title: Baudolino
Author(s): Umberto Eco
ISBN: 0-9654517-9-8 / 978-0-9654517-9-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harcourt Brace and Company
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2002 : UK Paperback
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Title: Baudolino (Airport Edition)
Author(s): Umberto Eco
ISBN: 0-436-20604-8 / 978-0-436-20604-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Seeker and Warburg
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Audio Editions

November 2012 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Baudolino
Author(s): Umberto Eco
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November 2012 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Baudolino
Author(s): Umberto Eco
Publisher: Recorded Books
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September 2012 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Baudolino
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Publisher: Der Horverlag
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May 2003 : USA Audio Cassette

Title: Baudolino
Author(s): Umberto Eco
ISBN: 1-4025-3199-0 / 978-1-4025-3199-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Recorded Books
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October 2002 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: Baudolino
Author(s): Umberto Eco
ISBN: 1-4025-2814-0 / 978-1-4025-2814-9 (USA edition)
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2002 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Baudolino [UNABRIDGED] (Audio CD)
Author(s): Umberto Eco
ISBN: 1-4193-1901-9 / 978-1-4193-1901-3 (USA edition)
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August 2014 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Baudolino
Author(s): Umberto Eco
Publisher: Vintage Digital
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October 2003 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Baudolino
Author(s): Umberto Eco
Publisher: Mariner Books
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