IMAGINE science fiction, history, religion, and the supernatural among others weaved together in one single novel. It may sound as overwhelming as it is exciting but Filipino-Australian writer Renato Clarete
Tranquilino jumped on the wagon and took the risk. With all the beautiful and colorful ideas he had in mind, he knew he needed to write it down.
What started out as a challenge of making a one-day edit film blossomed into something more detailed and grand as a novel.
“The Merovingian takes nuggets of world atrocities, portions of various religious faiths, then weaves them into a different yet familiar tale of magic and fantasy,” said Tranquilino. “What ensues is our take on the never-ending battle between good and evil in a fictitious yarn made out of non-fiction elements such as Nazi Germany, Filipino historical sites, and Philippine politics; and hypothetical elements such as Christ’s bloodline, the mythical Biringan City, and aswang creatures among others.
When talking about his first novel, Tranquilino is excitement and geeks out with all the details he find interesting but was very much careful not to spoil – imagine how challenging that is.
He is an IT professional and is very fond of science fiction fantasy films as well as online games which also contribute to the entirety of the novel. He has very high admiration for authors like J.R.R. Tolkien, Terry Brooks, Lino Broca, and Budjette Tan.
His co-author actress and PR practitioner Zahara Depaling was also as hands-on the creation of the book as well using her expertise in theater direction, character build-up, and linguistics.
“We’ve created The Merovingian knowing that there will be mind-doors to tap. It is a book that puts Filipinos back in touch with their roots and will remind them of their childhood treasures; your tikbalang-binisayaun slang kind of story that you will thoroughly enjoy,” said Depaling in a statement. She was born and raised in Cebu City.
The Merovingian was first launched on May 28, 2019 at the Winford Manila Hotel and Casino (WMRC), Sta. Cruz, Manila. Copies of the book are also sold at the hotel casino.
If you wish to purchase a copy or two, you can message their FB page Merovingianthebook or email them at email@example.com.