Número Cero

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Número Cero, la nueva novela de Umberto Eco, nos descubre la cara oscura del periodismo y la manera en que nuestra realidad está en manos de quienes construyen las noticias.

«Los perdedores y los autodidactas siempre saben mucho más que los ganadores. Si quieres ganar, tienes que concentrarte en un solo objetivo, y más te vale no perder el tiempo en saber más: el placer de la erudición está reservado a los perdedores.»

Con estas credenciales se nos presenta Colonna, el protagonista de Número Cero, que en abril de 1992, a sus cincuenta años, recibe una extraña propuesta de un tal Simei: va a convertirse en redactor jefe de Domani, un diario que se adelantará a los acontecimientos a base de suposiciones y mucha imaginación, sin reparar casi en el límite que separa la verdad de la mentira, y chantajeando de paso a las altas esferas del poder.

El hombre, que hasta la fecha ha malvivido como documentalista y en palabras de su ex mujer es un perdedor compulsivo, acepta el reto a cambio de una cantidad considerable de dinero, y arranca la aventura. Reunidos en un despacho confortable, Colonna y otros seis colegas preparan el Número Cero, la edición anticipada del nuevo periódico, indagando en archivos que esconden los secretos ocultos de la CIA, del Vaticano y de la vida de Mussolini.

Todo parece ir sobre ruedas hasta que un cadáver tendido en una callejuela de Milán y un amor discreto cambian el destino de nuestro héroe y el modo en que sus lectores vamos a mirar la realidad, o lo que queda de ella.

La crítica ha dicho...
«Umberto Eco ha escrito una novela que es el manual de comunicación de nuestro tiempo.»
Roberto Saviano

«En Número Cero, Umberto Eco escribe una parodia feroz sobre el periodismo y la política.»
Jesús Ceberio, Babelia

«Eco ha liberado su lado más irreverente y disparatado y ha escrito una novela chispeante que nos muestra las tripas de los tabloides, con sus chismes e infundios.»
Rafael Narbona, El Cultural de El Mundo

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Umberto Eco
By the time Umberto Eco published his best-selling novel The Name of the Rose, he was one of Italy's most celebrated intellectuals, a distinguished academic and the author of influential works on semiotics. Some years before that, in 1977, Eco published a little book for his students, How to Write a Thesis, in which he offered useful advice on all the steps involved in researching and writing a thesis -- from choosing a topic to organizing a work schedule to writing the final draft. Now in its twenty-third edition in Italy and translated into seventeen languages, How to Write a Thesis has become a classic. Remarkably, this is its first, long overdue publication in English.

Eco's approach is anything but dry and academic. He not only offers practical advice but also considers larger questions about the value of the thesis-writing exercise. How to Write a Thesis is unlike any other writing manual. It reads like a novel. It is opinionated. It is frequently irreverent, sometimes polemical, and often hilarious. Eco advises students how to avoid "thesis neurosis" and he answers the important question "Must You Read Books?" He reminds students "You are not Proust" and "Write everything that comes into your head, but only in the first draft." Of course, there was no Internet in 1977, but Eco's index card research system offers important lessons about critical thinking and information curating for students of today who may be burdened by Big Data.

How to Write a Thesis belongs on the bookshelves of students, teachers, writers, and Eco fans everywhere. Already a classic, it would fit nicely between two other classics: Strunk and White and The Name of the Rose.

ContentsThe Definition and Purpose of a Thesis • Choosing the Topic • Conducting Research • The Work Plan and the Index Cards • Writing the Thesis • The Final Draft

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Publisher
LUMEN
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Published on
Apr 9, 2015
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Pages
218
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ISBN
9788426402370
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Language
Spanish
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Genres
Fiction / General
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