The Prague Cemetery Chapter 11

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Maurice Joly
Eco is returning to the Protocols.

"Elements of the Protocols were plagiarized from Joly's fictional Dialogue in Hell, a thinly-veiled attack on the political ambitions of Napoleon III, who, represented by the non-Jewish character Machiavelli, plots to rule the world. Joly, a monarchist and legitimist, was imprisoned in France for 15 months as a direct result of his book's publication. Ironically, scholars have noted that Dialogue in Hell was itself a plagiarism, at least in part, of a novel by Eugene Sue, Les Mystères du Peuple". Wikipedia

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a police spy, French

"I must admit I haven't read it. It's over five hundred pages long, which is a mistake...."
Note that, while the English version of the The Prague Cemetery is 437 pages long, the Italian version is 516 pages.

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prisoner Gaviali... involved in Orsini's bomb attack
"Felice Orsini (1819 – 1858) was an Italian revolutionary and leader of the Carbonari who tried to assassinate Napoleon III, Emperor of the French." Wikipedia

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Sainte-Pélagie prison
"a prison in Paris from 1790 to 1895. It saw many famous prisoners during the French revolution". Wikipedia

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"Eugène François Vidocq (1775 – 1857) was a French criminal and criminalist whose life story inspired several writers, including Victor Hugo and Honoré de Balzac. A former crook who subsequently became the founder and first director of the crime-fighting Sûreté Nationale as well as the head of the first known private detective agency, he is considered to be the father of modern criminology and of the French police. He is also regarded as the first private detective." Wikipedia

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cabinets particuliers
small private room for guests in a restaurant.

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Rue du Chat-qui-Pêche
"the narrowest street in Paris. It is only 1.80m wide for the whole of its 29m length." Wikipedia

lansquenet players
a card game. The name derives from the German, "Landsknecht" ('servant of the land or country'). Wikipedia

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novel by Verne
presumably From the Earth to the Moon.

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impasse Salembrière
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Master Ninuzzo
Recall that Simonini stabbed Ninuzzo at the end of Chapter 8.

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the capital of French Guiana, an overseas region and department of France located in South America.

Return to The Prague Cemetery

Chapter 1
pp. 1-4
Chapter 2
pp. 5-28
Chapter 3
pp. 29-46
Chapter 4
pp. 47-82
Chapter 5
pp. 83-96
Chapter 6
pp. 97-113
Chapter 7
pp. 114-139
Chapter 8
pp. 140-158
Chapter 9
pp. 159-167
Chapter 10
pp. 168-169
Chapter 11
pp. 170-190
Chapter 12
pp. 191-210
Chapter 13
pp. 211
Chapter 14
pp. 212-228
Chapter 15
pp. 229-232
Chapter 16
pp. 233-235
Chapter 17
pp. 236-259
Chapter 18
pp. 260-271
Chapter 19
pp. 272-277
Chapter 20
pp. 278-283
Chapter 21
pp. 284-301
Chapter 22
pp. 302-330
Chapter 23
pp. 331-377
Chapter 24
pp. 378-397
Chapter 25
pp. 398-407
Chapter 26
pp. 408-426
Chapter 27
pp. 427-437