Foucault's Pendulum Author:Umberto Eco An enthralling mystery, a breathtaking rollercoaster ride through a world of ideas and aberrations, an adventure into the modern mind. — One Colonel Ardenti, who has unnaturally black, brilliantined hair, an Adolphe menjou mustache, wears maroon socks, and once served in the Foreign Legion, starts it all. He tells three milan editors that he has ... more »discovered a coded message about a Templar Plan, centuries old and involving Stonehenge, to tap into a mystic source of power greater than atomic energy.
The editors (who have spent altogether too much time rewriting crackpot manuscripts on the occult by self-subsidized poetasters and dilettantes) decide to have a little fun. They'll make a Plan of their own. But how?
Randomly they throw in manuscript pages on hermetic thought. The Masters of the Worls, who live beneath the earth. The Comte de Saint-Germain, who lives forever. The secrets of the solar system contained in the measurements of the Great Pyramid. The Satanic initiation rites of the Knights of the Temple. Assassins, Roiscrucians, Brazillian voodoo. They feed all this into their computer, which is named Abulafia (Abu, for short), after the medieval Jewish cabalist. A terrific joke, they think....until people begin to disappear mysteriously, one by one, starting with Colonel Ardenti.« less