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Umberto Eco

Sue Lawley's castaway is writer Umberto Eco.

The castaway in Desert Island Discs this week is the writer Umberto Eco. His best-selling novel The Name of the Rose propelled him from the relative obscurity of his post as Professor of Semiotics at Bologna University to worldwide fame at the age of 50.

He'll be talking to Sue Lawley about how he deals with the demands of his celebrity status, his childhood in Mussolini's Italy and his other works - Foucault's Pendulum and The Island of the Day Before.

[Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs]

Favourite track: Goldberg Varations No 22 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Book: The New York Phone Book
Luxury: Laptop computer

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40 minutes

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Fri 17 Nov 1995 09:05

Music Played

  • Dooley Wilson

    As Time Goes By

    • Warner Brothers.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 35

    Soloist: Ivo Pogorelich

    • Chopin Recital.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Kurt Weill

    Ballade von der sexuellen Hörigkeit (from The Threepenny Opera)

    Soloist: Ute Lemper

    • Ute Lemper Sings Kurt Weill.
    • Decca.
  • Castaway's Favourite

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      Goldberg variations - Variation No. 22

      Soloist: Andrei Gavrilov

      • Goldberg Variations.
      • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Carlos Gardel

    Por Una Cabeza

    • Tangos.
    • EMI.
  • Jacob van Eyck

    Doen Daphne D'Over Schoone Maeght

    Soloist: Frans Bruggen

    • Early Baroque Recorder Music.
    • Teldec.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Symphony No. 7 in A major - 2nd movement

    Orchestra: La Scala Milan

    • Beethoven Symphonies Nos. 1 & 7.
    • Sony Classical.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Din Giovanni Act 2, Scene 6

    Soloist: Robert Holl, Lazlo Polgar, Thomas Hampson

    • Don Giovanni.
    • Teldec.
  • Book Choice

    • The New York Phone Book

  • Luxury Choice

    • Laptop computer


Role Contributor
Presenter Sue Lawley
Interviewed Guest Umberto Eco


  • Sun 12 Nov 1995 12:15
  • Fri 17 Nov 1995 09:05

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