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Interview with Antonello Pellegrino

Interviews | Tue, 9 October 2007
How has the idea of the novel arisen?
The idea of the novel has arisen from a deep passion for the archeology; I remember my astonishment when I was a child: I was whatching at the Sixties TV and I discovered the Homeric epic in the Odyssey (with Bekim Fehmiu, Irene Papas...). My first contact with the Nuragicis didn´t strangely happen with megalithic´s contructions but with their manufactured articles and bronze weapons discovered during a visit to the Nuoro Museum in a gloomy day. Then the visit,about twenty years ago, to an unexplored fortified village (what then has become the country of Tholis, the ancient protagonist) : it has been a tourning point with my decision to tell the possible stories.Then, fifteen years ago, the birth of the plot and the protagonists, just immagined until 2004. Everything mixed with a plaiting of humanistic and technological culture, and leaving in the plot traces of something loved by me and by my generation: quotations, suggestions or real ´ Easter eggs ´ ( surprises left in the plot from the author, only recognizable if the code is known)

Wich aspect do you immagine for the protagonists of your story?
Good question! Actually I have immagined them long before conceiving the plot. So the characters have a definite appearance for me, the secondary ones too. Anyway, without depriving the reader of the pleasure to immagine them, I can say that Tholis, the nuragic protagonist, is between Kim Rossi Stuart and Orlando Bloom, while Gianni Mele, the archeologist who has discovered the unexplored grave, looks like Roul Bova. Certainly the beautiful Lucia Marras (the archeologist from Sassari) should have Barbara Bobulova´s looks while Giorgia Laconi, the journalist, is Elisabetta Canalis! Finally Olai, the second protagonist of the ancient story, should be Luca Zingaretti.

How autobiographic is the novel ?
A lot. Gianni Mele has become, during the draft, my archeologist alter ego (in my real life I am an engineer that deals with information and communication technologies) and who knows me asserts that he often speaks like me; while the other protagonist, Tholis, has become more epic when his character was growing up. I would like to have a nephew like him, maybe with a less troubled life! Besides, I have tried to describe the sensation and immagines that I felt and saw during the visit to the places. The ancient legends are those that I have learned from my mother and from the old custodians of the memory, that handed down them in oral way, as our ancestors.

What we should remember your book for?
I´d like if it would be remembered for aiding to revive and giving importance to an ancient and proud people; for having approached us to their humanity, to that part of them that is still living in us; for having contributed to make feel our people islander but less isolated and free from an ancient and immutable destiny; for having made the reader curious pushing him to depeen his knowledge on the nuragic people and to visit the sites and the museums, trying to identify oneself with their daily life. Perhaps for having sowed a seedling that could bloom with a future great archaeologist! Too ambitions? Goodness knows!

Will Bronzo have a sequel?
The Bronzo sequel is in my mind already, actually I only need a title and the time to write it! There will be confirmations and novelty, both of places and of style, and new characters. Probably it won´t be enought to complete the saga, but if the Big Father will want I´ll create a trilogy. Moreover some reader has suggested me, in a vehement way, to make a film about it; others to develop a project that aim to teach ´History of the ancient traditions of the Sardinia´ in the schools. But such intriguing things don´t depend on me...what I can do is to keep me amused writing new stories and making curious the readers. After all what a honest narrator should do.

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