The Island of the Day Before Author:Umberto Eco, William Weaver (Translator) In 1643 a castaway comes upon an abandoned ship anchored off a desert island. As he explores the vessel's mysterious cargo, he revisits the events of his tempestuous youth-and limns his era?s obsession with science and navigation. — A veteran of the Thirty Years War, Roberto della Griva is shipwrecked in the South Seas on a secret mission to ... more »the Antipodes. Roberto is saved by the appearance of an abandoned ship, the Daphne, which has enough stores to sustain him. The time aboard the Daphne affords Roberto opportunity to reflect. As he looks back on his loves and education, he is haunted by his doppelganger, whom he has suspected of being on board the ship. The book features the philosophical and scientific digressions and musings which are familiar to the readers of Eco's other novels.