New PDF release: Baudolino

By Umberto Eco

ISBN-10: 2702869874

ISBN-13: 9782702869871

Voilà un nouvel opus de poids livré par Umberto Eco. Plus de vingt ans après Le Nom de los angeles rose, bâti comme une cathédrale, le toujours sémillant sémiologue offre un portrait puisé dans le bas Moyen Âge. Baudolino est né au milieu du XIIe siècle à Alexandrie, dans le Piémont, entre les montagnes du Nord et l. a. mer, dans le fourrages des animaux. À peine adolescent, il est acheté à son père paysan par l'empereur Frédéric. Et de faire de sa vie un destin. Avec l'empereur en père adoptif, il va parcourir le monde, les cours, les champs de bataille entre l'orient et l'occident, découvrir les intrigues politiques et amoureuses. Malin, espiègle et séduisant bougre, férocement cultivé, fin bavard, il est surtout un affabulateur insatiable qui manipule à l'envi et à son gré un empereur affable, toujours weak de prendre des vessies pour des lanternes.

Rien de moins qu'une bold et réjouissante fresque, menée entre un confesseur (Baudolino, héros narrateur) et un convinced (Nicétas, un vieux sage, prétexte au récit) ; l'un jamais à courtroom d'anecdotes, de revers croustillants, l'autre rarement avare de ponctuations philosophiques. Dense, chargé, très chargé, Baudolino est nourri de détails, de tableaux pittoresques dans une fiction rocambolesque extirpée de l'Histoire.

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I leste hyr in on erbere” [“Allas, I lost her in a garden”; 9]) and then with a lexicon of courtly romance (“I dewyne, fordolked of luf-daungere / Of that pryuy perle withouten spot” [“I lament, griefstricken by frustrated love, for that special pearl without blemish”; 11–12]). The union of dream vision and romance also strikingly appears when the Dreamer first sees the Pearl Maiden, in that she embodies a marvel: “More meruayle con my dom adaunt. I segh byyonde that myry mere A crystal clyffe ful relusaunt: Mony ryal ray con fro hit rere.

In the conscripting conf luence between desire and the law, the human subject is enmeshed and imbricated in desires that destroy the social self in favor of a self that must be freed from earthly desire for the beloved. ”40 Pearl invites this sort of abandon from its protagonist and its readers, a sacrifice of their selves in relation to a hierarchical consciousness. Abandon, however, is not merely self-abnegation to the point of erasure; the loss of the autonomous self paradoxically leads to a self reborn and renewed in conjunction with divine (and narratival) authority.

By reading Pearl with an eye to the ways in which it solicits readerly sacrifice and abandon, we see that the poet’s demand for submission to God’s unknowable will both exalts and degrades his protagonist and his readers into a profound new relationship with the Divine. In the end, the simple but painful Christian realization that truth must be accepted on faith rather than verified through proof forces the Dreamer to abandon his desire because if Christian subjects desire evidence, they do not have the option of putting their hands in Christ’s side and enacting the testing process of a doubting Thomas.

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