A book is a fragile creature, it suffers the wear of time, it fears rodents, the elements and clumsy hands. so the librarian protects the books not only against mankind but also against nature and devotes his life to this war with the forces of oblivion.

— Umberto Eco

Umberto Eco: Italian Novelist

Born: January 5, 1932

Died: February 19, 2016

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