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Umberto Eco

Umberto Eco, Travels in Hyperreality trans. William Weaver (San Diego, New York, and London: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1986), 307 pages.

CONCERNED WITH REINCARNATIONS, SECOND GUESSES, unreasonable facsimiles, aftereffects, and mimicries, Umberto Eco is appropriately named. This professional distinguisher of signs from their signifieds readily admits that he practices semiotics, but the practice shouldn’t frighten anyone and he would still do it “if it were called something else” In this collection of essays he originally wrote for an Italian newspaper and magazine public, Eco gets involved with the “something elses” of this world, particularly the American ones. As a tourist in our land, he everywhere picks up on a passion for the “absolute fake,” and for “authentic duplicates” that reach the point of “reconstructive neurosis” Viewing such extravagance, one doesn’t know whether to laugh

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