The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco


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The Name of the Rose was a novel written by the author Umberto Eco. He was Italian who made his debut by this novel in 1980. It was his first novel. It is a mystic novel. The incident happened in Italy in 1327 depicted in the novel.

In 1983, William Weaver translated the novel from Italian to English. In the novel, the characters named Franciscan Friar William of Baskerville and Adso of Melk went to an Italian monastery. There happened a suicide. As the story proceeds, many other people died suspiciously.

William was given the case to investigate. At the end of each investigation, he found new clues. William’s curiosity about the case and his ability to think deeply, logically lead to the unfold Abbey’s mystery.

A lot of attention was paid to the mystery told in the novel, the title of the story. The author of the novel, Eco, wanted to give it a title, totally neutral title.  The author gave some titles in a version of the novel, he asked his friend to select the best title for the story. Most of his friends chose The Name of the Rose. But in another version, Eco wanted to give it another title, but eventually, this became the title The Name of the Rose.

The film adaptation of the novel was also made which was directed by Jean Jacky’s Anaud.


  • In 1998, play adaptation was also premiered which was directed by George Gionta. The play was premiered at the National Theater.
  • In 2006, radio adaptation was also broadcast on BBC radio. It was a radio-based drama that consisted of two parts.
  • A radio parody inspired by the film adaptation was made as the part of “Crème de la” Crime series by the Punt and Dennis, also on BBC Radio 4.