Umberto Eco, Italian novelist and intellectual, dies aged 84

20 February 2016

The celebrated Italian intellectual Umberto Eco has been remembered as a master of Italian culture after his death at the age of 84.

Though he found fame for blockbuster medieval mystery “The Name of the Rose” – which sold more than 10 million copies in 30 languages – he had been publishing works since the 1950s.

“The Name of the Rose”, a medieval detective novel set in an Italian abbey, follows Brother William of Baskerville as he investigates a series of suspicious deaths. The novel captured imaginations globally and was turned into a film starring Sean Connery as William.

Eco, who also wrote the novel “Foucault's Pendulum”, continued to publish new works, with “Numero Zero” released last year. He also wrote children's books and literary criticism.

Eco once wrote that "books always speak of other books, and every story tells a story that has already been told".

”I am a philosopher," he was quoted as saying. "I write novels only on the weekends."