“The Abbey of Crime” was the original working title of Eco’s “The Name of the Rose”

Umberto Eco’s legendary Il nome della rosa (The name of the rose) could have been called The Abbey of Crime.

The latter was chosen as the title of a 1987 video game by Paco Menéndez and Juan Delcán published by Opera Soft. The game has achieved a cult following in its home country and is now considered the greatest example of Spain’s “golden era” of software.

They went with that name because, although the game was planned as an official adaptation of Eco’s novel (and it shows), they never received a reply from the author to secure the rights. It may have had to do with Eco’s reaction to the film adaptation which he considered far inferior.



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