Book of the Week - "The Island of the Day Before" by Umberto Eco. Not only american writers can be found at American Library, but classics of world literature too. Umberto Eco (5 January 1932 – 19 February 2016) was an Italian novelist, essayist, literary critic, philosopher and semiotician. This week we picked an intellectually stimulating and dramatically intriguing masterpiece by a master storyteller. Eco gives us, as we rarely get it, the novel as comedy, as adventure tale, as romance, above all as wellspring of ideas.