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Eco condemned for Berlusconi-Hitler remark

ROME, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Italian writer Umberto Eco has compared Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to Hitler, angering even some of the prime minister's opponents.

Writers, scholars support China dissident

BEIJING, Dec. 23 (UPI) -- More than 160 people, including three winners of the Nobel Prize for Literature, have asked Chinese President Hu Jintao to free a dissident intellectual.

Male authors dominate store's top 100

LONDON, April 13 (UPI) -- A list of the top 100 books written since 1982 shows male writers outpaced female authors, a staff survey at Waterstone's, Britain's largest book chain, said.

EU faulted in Darfur violence

BERLIN, March 24 (UPI) -- Europe's literati denounced the nations of the European Union for failing to bring about peace in the Sudan's war-torn Darfur region. In a letter to 27 EU leaders gathered in Berlin for a weekend of events celebrating the single market that began 50 years

Analysis: Bye-Bye, Buffy

WASHINGTON, May 21 (UPI) -- She has impaled her last bloodsucker: "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" hung up her sharpened stake Tuesday after seven spectacular TV seasons and an astonishing impac
MARTIN SIEFF, UPI Senior News Analyst

Blue Planet: Words that last forever

Words can burn themselves into the memory with such tenacity they cannot be removed. Images likewise carry the ability to attach themselves to our consciousness. Yet neither can provide a reliable warning to future generations about nuclear waste.

'The Game's Afoot, Doyle!'

WASHINGTON, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- The body of a freshly murdered man is found inside an ancient Egyptian mummy. A murderous fiend stalks the gas-lit streets, seeking to document scientific proof
MARTIN SIEFF, UPI Senior News Analyst

Umberto Eco: Symbol and sense

Umberto Eco, whose most famous fictional work, "Il nome della rosa" ("The Name of the Rose," 1980) ends with the burning of a medieval library containing among