“Turning Back the Clock” is his latest collection of fine essays on war, peace and media populism in our times. These essays focus on the major world events that occurred between 2000 and 2005. Eco sees in the pattern of these events something that is fundamentally new and unprecedented. So much so that he wonders whether we are not going back in history and remarks, “Almost as if history, breathless after the leaps forward made in last two millennia, is drawing back into itself, returning to the comfortable splendours of tradition”. This theme returns and haunts his essays as he brilliantly takes up one topic after another.
Are we really going back in time?