Wednesday, November 10, 2021

UMBERTO ECO
From the postscript to THE NAME OF THE ROSE

My friends and editors suggested I abbreviate the first hundred pages, which they found very difficult and demanding. Without thinking twice, I refused, because, as I insisted, if somebody wanted to enter the abbey and live there for seven days, he had to accept the abbey’s own pace. If he could not, he would never manage to read the whole book. 

Therefore those first hundred pages are like a penance or initiation, and if someone does not like them, so much the worse for him. 

He can stay at the foot of the mountain.

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