Matteo Strukul

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Matteo Strukul
Strukul in 2019
Strukul in 2019
Born (1973-09-08) 8 September 1973 (age 47)
Padova, Italy
OccupationAuthor, Journalist
NationalityItalian
Alma materUniversity of Padua
Notable worksThe Medici tetralogy
Notable awardsPremio Bancarella (2017)
Years active2008-present
Website
matteostrukul.com

Matteo Strukul (Italian pronunciation: [matˈtɛːo ˈstruːkul]; 8 September 1973) is an Italian writer and journalist.[1][2]

Biography[edit]

Matteo Strukul was born in 1973 in Padova, in the Veneto region of Italy. After a degree in law at the University of Padua, he achieved a PhD in European Contract Law at the Ca' Foscari University of Venice.[1][2]

His first novel, a thriller/noir set in his native Veneto and published in Italian in 2011 as La ballata di Mila,[3] was translated into English and released in 2014 by Angry Robot as The Ballad of Mila.[4]

Starting from 2016, Strukul published four historical novels set in Florence between the 15th and the 17th century, following the raise of the House of Medici,[5][6][7][8] which all became bestsellers in Italy. The first of them, I Medici: una dinastia al potere, was awarded in 2017 with the Premio Bancarella[9] (also won, in the past, by such authors as Ernest Hemingway, Boris Pasternak and Ken Follett),[10] and was published in English in 2019 as Medici - Ascendancy.[11] The English version of the second novel in the series, Medici - Supremacy, has been announced for the Autumn of 2020.[12]

His work has been translated in over twenty languages[13] among which are English, French,[14] German,[15] Spanish,[16] Dutch,[17] Serbian[18] and Romanian.[19] It has also been optioned for cinema.[1]

In Italy, Strukul also wrote Vlad, a comic book trilogy for Feltrinelli, with art by Andrea Mutti, focused on the historic character of Vlad the Impaler, the man whose story gave Bram Stoker the inspiration for the character of Count Dracula.[20][21][22] The three volumes are being published in English as Vlad Dracul, starting from the Summer of 2020.[23][24][25]

It has been announced that Strukul will write the script for a videogame entitled Dark Renaissance, set in Italy, to be released in 2021.[26][27]

Matteo Strukul is also an adjunct professor of interactive storytelling at Link Campus University in Rome,[28] is a member of the Historical Novel Society[29] and writes in the cultural section of the weekly magazine Il Venerdì di Repubblica.[2]

Selected Bibliography in English[edit]

Novels[edit]

  • 2014 - The Ballad of Mila (La ballata di Mila)
  • 2019 - Medici - Ascendancy (I Medici. Una dinastia al potere), Premio Bancarella 2017
  • 2020 - Medici - Supremacy (I Medici. Un uomo al potere)

Comics[edit]

  • 2020 - Vlad Dracul (Vlad), art by Andrea Mutti

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Short Biography" (in Italian). Retrieved 20 June 2020.
  2. ^ a b c "Short Biography". Retrieved 20 June 2020.
  3. ^ Matteo Strukul (2011), La ballata di Mila, e/o, ISBN 978-8866320166
  4. ^ "The Ballad of Mila at Waterstones". Retrieved 20 June 2020.
  5. ^ "I Medici. Una dinastia al potere" (in Italian). Retrieved 20 June 2020.
  6. ^ "I Medici. Un uomo al potere" (in Italian). Retrieved 20 June 2020.
  7. ^ "I Medici. Una regina al potere" (in Italian). Retrieved 20 June 2020.
  8. ^ "I Medici. Decadenza di una famiglia" (in Italian). Retrieved 20 June 2020.
  9. ^ "Premio Bancarella" (in Italian). Retrieved 20 June 2020.
  10. ^ "Premio Bancarella - all the winners" (in Italian). Retrieved 21 June 2020.
  11. ^ "Medici ~ Ascendancy". Retrieved 20 June 2020.
  12. ^ "Medici ~ Supremacy". Retrieved 20 June 2020.
  13. ^ "Medici translations" (in Italian). Retrieved 21 June 2020.
  14. ^ "Books in French" (in French). Retrieved 21 June 2020.
  15. ^ "Books in German" (in German). Retrieved 21 June 2020.
  16. ^ "Books in Spanish" (in Spanish). Retrieved 21 June 2020.
  17. ^ "Books in Dutch" (in Dutch). Retrieved 21 June 2020.
  18. ^ "Books in Serbian" (in Serbian). Retrieved 21 June 2020.
  19. ^ "Books in Romanian" (in Romanian). Retrieved 21 June 2020.
  20. ^ "Vlad. Le lame del cuore" (in Italian). Retrieved 20 June 2020.
  21. ^ "Vlad. Neve e fuoco" (in Italian). Retrieved 20 June 2020.
  22. ^ "Vlad. Il tempo del sacrificio" (in Italian). Retrieved 20 June 2020.
  23. ^ "Vlad Dracul #1". Retrieved 20 June 2020.
  24. ^ "Vlad Dracul #2". Retrieved 20 June 2020.
  25. ^ "Vlad Dracul #3". Retrieved 20 June 2020.
  26. ^ "Dark Renaissance 1". Retrieved 24 July 2020.
  27. ^ "Dark Renaissance 2". Retrieved 24 July 2020.
  28. ^ "Link Campus University" (in Italian). Retrieved 20 June 2020.
  29. ^ "Historical Novel Society". Retrieved 20 June 2020.