The Prague Cemetery
Title: The Prague Cemetery
Author: Umberto Eco
Looks into the 1897 diary of Captain Simonini, an anti-Semitic Italian in Paris who forges documents for the highest bidder, providing conspiracies and scapegoats for factions all over Europe, and is behind the most notorious forgery of all.
Nineteenth-century Europe, from Turin to Prague to Paris, abounds with the ghastly and the mysterious. Conspiracies rule history. Jesuits plot against Freemasons. Italian priests are strangled with their own intestines. French criminals plan bombings by day and celebrate black masses by night. Every nation has its own secret service, perpetrating forgeries, plots, and massacres. From the unification of Italy to the Paris Commune to the Dreyfus Affair to the notorious forgery The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, Europe is in tumult and everyone needs a scapegoat. But what if, behind all of these conspiracies both real and imagined, lay just one man? What if that evil genius created the most infamous document of all?