MARCANTONIO BRAGADIN – MARCIANUM PRESS, 2011
Sergei Tseytlin was born in Moscow, grew up in New York and has lived in Italy for 14 years. In 2005, he published a book of short stories entitled “Il Taccuino Veneziano e altri racconti” in Venice. “Bragadin” is the name of his first novel, which came out in 2011.
He has also contributed to a number of magazines in Russia, the UK and Italy.
The novel is about the Venetian Captain-General Marcantonio Bragadin, the heroic defender of Famagosta during the war of Cyprus in 1571. Against the backdrop of the historical events, the author uses his poetic imagination to bring to the fore the many thoughts running through the protagonist’s mind. They include memories, affection, concerns about the lives of people that rested on his decisions, the forlorn hope of reinforcements, the defence of his spiritual identity and the calm consciousness as matters came to a terrible conclusion that would lead him to say:
“I have not been abandoned. I have been sacrificed.”
Coordinator: Antonio Valletta, Marcianum Press