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Message 9 of 1023 February 2011 at 4:03pm | IP Logged
By chance I was reading some articles on the Financial Times website and found this article from 2007 which contains the following reference to Eco's English ability, so I thought I'd post it as a curiosity:
"Among the titles Eco wrote down, devotees of his work will spot references to some favourite themes (he once said that Oscar Wilde deserved to go to prison for the appalling prose in his love letters), and will not be surprised that he adds lightly that it is of course a tease, "a little ox". (An ox? I have a moment of wild confusion before the light dawns. Eco's English is highly expressive but strongly accented: he means a hoax.)"
Edited by etracher on 23 February 2011 at 4:04pm
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Message 10 of 1017 May 2011 at 5:51am | IP Logged
I saw one an interview of Eco about The Da Vinci Code (he did not like it let me tell you) and yes, he spoke very well but with a little accent. Some while ago, I heard a radio podcast "La danse des mots" from RFI about the french translation of his last novel (he likes to view the translation before it goes public), and they say he speaks french very well.
On the other hand, I watched another interview (on youtube) in German and he needed a translator.
My guess is that he can read romances languagues with no much trouble.
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