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The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana - Eco Posted by Picasa

"Yambo, a sixtyish rare-book dealer who lives in Milan, has suffered a loss of memory. He can remember the plot of every book he has ever read, every line of poetry, but he no longer knows his own name, doesn't recognize his wife or his daughters, & remembers nothing about his parents or his childhood. In an effort to retrieve his past, he withdraws to the family home somewhere in the hills between Milan & Turin. There, in the sprawling attic, he searches through boxes of old newspapers, comics, records, photo albums, & adolescent diaries. And so Yambo relives the story of his generation: Mussolini, Catholic education & guilt, Josephine Baker, Flash Gordon, Fred Astaire. His memories run wild, & the life racing before his eyes takes the form of a graphic novel. Yambo struggles through the frames to capture one simple, innocent image: that of his first love."