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One irony about Eco is that his given name is the same as Humbert, as in the odious leading character in Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov, a great novelist with whom Eco shared a comparable level of learning and accomplishment.
There's nothing remarkable about it. All one has to do is hit the right keys at the right time and the instrument plays itself.
-- Johann Sebastian Bach
A closer connection might be with the Vittorio de Sica film "Umberto D." Both are fortuitous, of course; Eco was born before either the film or the novel, and he was neither a pedophile nor a poor old man unable to pay his rent.
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