From the May/June, 2018 issue of Touchstone
literature A Fading Voice at Twilight by Jesse Russell

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A Fading Voice at Twilight

The Last Will & Testament of Umberto Eco

On February 19, 2016, Umberto Eco, one of the most influential modern European intellectuals, died in Milan, Italy, his body laid to rest in a simple wooden coffin during a "nonreligious funeral" in Sforza Castle. The sprawling and gloomy castle, once home to Ludovico Sforza, one of the greatest podestas of the Milanese Renaissance, is now a museum of Italian art and culture. It was a fitting place for the funeral of Eco, who spent his life lovingly guarding the crumbl . . .


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