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The Bulatovich Saga: The Name of Hero by Richard Seltzer

The Bulatovich Saga: The Name of Hero

by Richard Seltzer

384 pages
First of a trilogy of historical novels based on the life of Alexander Bulatovich, a Ukrainian/Russian explorer in Ethiopia, a cavalry officer during Russia's conquest of Manchuria, and later a monk at Mount Athos and a religious leader.

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About the Book
Raised in the Ukraine, Alexander Bulatovich (1870-1919) was a tsarist cavalry officer, an African explorer, and a religious leader. He guided an Ethiopian army through territory unknown even to them and fought in Manchuria during the Boxer Rebellion. When he retired at age 33 to join a monastery, seven of his men followed him there. Later, he led a religious movement at Mount Athos, fought in WWI, and, in the aftermath of the Russian Revolution, was shot dead on his doorstep in the Ukraine. The odd shifts in his career, his qualities as a leader, and the puzzle of what motivated him first drew me to him. I was also drawn by the strangeness of the events Russian exploration in Ethiopia, the Russian conquest of Manchuria, and a heresy battle in the twentieth century for which hundreds of monks were sent into exile. My historical sources included books by Bulatovich himself and over 25 hours of interviews with his sister, Princess Mary Orbeliani, when she was 99. The Name of Hero covers his life up through Manchuria. I will continue his story in two subsequent novels The Name of Man and The Name of God.

 

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About the Author
Richard Seltzer Richard lives in Milford, CT, where he writes fiction full-time. He graduated from Yale where he had creative writing courses with Robert Penn Warren and Joseph Heller. His published works include a dozen novels, four relating to the Trojan War and two relating to Shakespeare.

 

 

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