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The Prague Cemetery by Umberto Eco
In The Prague Cemetery, Simone Simonini, the only fictional character in this novel, is a 19th-century forger and spy who is also a misanthropic anti-Semite. His world is full of hate and lies, and he pens "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion," passing if off as an authentic document of a Jewish plot to take over the world. His deceit fuels anti-Semitism and religious fanaticism that continues to this day. Simonini sees Satanism and conspiracies everywhere, and does his best to create his own and undermine those he sees as his enemies. Umberto Eco's novel has received mostly positive reviews with the USA Today saying, "Occasionally, this dark narrative gets bogged down in esoteric asides on theology and more. Yet despite its challenges and its rather contemptible protagonist, The Prague Cemetery is edifying and thoroughly worthwhile. That it is historically accurate makes it all the more chilling."