The mysterious flame of queen loana original italian title la misteriosa fiamma della regina loana is a novel by italian writer umberto eco it was first published in italian in 2004 and an english language translation by geoffrey brock was published in spring 2005. The mysterious flame of queen loana is perhaps as close as eco may ever come to writing an autobiographical novel the main character a middle aged italian who makes his living selling rare books suffers a memory loss. The mysterious flame of queen loana tells of an antiquarian book dealer who has suffered a stroke and lost all memory of the people in and events of his life at the novels outset the protagonist yambo begins the daunting work of trying to reinsert himself into the life he has forgotten. The mysterious flame of queen loana an illustrated novel by umberto eco translated by geoffrey brock 469 pp harcourt 27 umberto ecos mildly provocative and terribly titled new book takes . The lavish illustrations in umberto ecos the mysterious flame of queen loana outshine his pale characters says ian sansom
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