10 Questions: Umberto Eco

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You write a novel, how do you pick your topic?
Joey O'Donnell, SOUTHBURY, CONN., U.S.
For novels, I start from an image that strikes me, without knowing what will happen around that image. In each novel, it took me six to eight years to find out the answer. For The Name of the Rose, the image was of a monk poisoned while reading a book. I was fascinated by the idea.

Do you find yourself conscious of readers while you write? Is it possible for a writer to completely disregard readers...

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