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Friday, November 30, 2007



The following is an excerpt from the Preface of my book: “RUSSIA IS A CURSED NATION: The Reason I Would Never Return – About the pitfalls involved in adopting a Russian Baby.” This book is available as an EBOOK on our Order Online link on our web site: www.drtauraso.com.


I have always wanted to visit Russia. For me it was a mysterious country with much heritage. The history of Czar Nicholas and Alexandra has been romanticized on both the large screen of film and the small screen of television. The ultimate fate of the Romanoff family did not turn out to be so romantic, however.

The subsequent rule of Communism was truly a new experimentally cultural revolution. Unfortunately, because of the system’s inherent flaws, Communism was only to last 70 years – the magic figure I will use to calculate how long the Russian Curse, PERHAPS, will take to begin to work its way out of their system.

This book is about my personal experiences in adopting Artur, a 20-month-old boy who became the fourth child in our family. My dear wife, Elisa Anna, at the time, and I renamed him Lorenzo Michael for two reasons. First, his original name, Artur, was given not by any family member, but rather by the caretakers at the Baby House, where orphans stay before entering an orphanage at age three. Second, because Lorenzo Michael was more of an Italian name and more melodic with our last name of Tauraso. We wanted to start a new family for the boy and remove him from Russia where, as it turned out, little seemed to be melodic.

At the beginning, I will make no pretense. Although my dear wife, Elisa Anna, at the time may share many of my views about Russia, I am writing this book using the “I” and not the “we,” because I wish to take full responsibility for what I write.

After all, I was Jesuit-trained, have studied Scholastic Philosophy, and acknowledging my keen intellect and powers of reasoning and observation, I am qualified to write what I will write. Additionally, I am not going to be fettered by any requirement to be “politically correct.” If it was good enough for Benvenuto Cellini, it will have to be good enough for me and for you, the reader. Benvenuto was a most interesting artist (medallist, painter, and sculptor) from medieval Florence, a contemporary of Da Vinci and Michelangelo. He claimed that his noble family heritage qualified him to write his autobiography and take liberties with it – and he did. He was somewhat of a braggart, was quite into himself, and made no apologies for what he did, even when it contradicted the Pope, for whom he personally fought bravely to secure the Vatican and by whom he was commissioned to strike numerous coins. I have always admired Benvenuto for his courage and swashbuckling approach to life.

I will definitely be correct in my observations, and I will try to be fair in my commentary and conclusions. This is a story of my two visits to Russia: the first, for one week when we went to “select” Artur; the second, for two weeks when we completed the necessary paper work to complete the adoption process – the second two week period was a living hell on earth!”

nicola michael c. Tauraso, M.D.
Director, Tauraso Medical Clinic

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