Il Duce's Explorer: The Adventures of Giuseppe Tucci and the Italian Policy in Orient from Mussolini to Andreotti: With the Correspondence of Giulio Andreotti


The idea of writing a history of the Italian scholar Giuseppe Tucci (1894-1984) developed initially from an exchange of Sanskrit letters between Tucci and the pandit, Hem Raj Sharma (1879-1953), the Royal Preceptor of Nepal, which I first came across in late 1998, early 1999.

The book in its original Italian was published on January 29, 2012 by the publishers Memori (Rome) and Asiatica Association (Milan), in two volumes totaling 1,495 pages. In truth, this first printing was a proof, in order to partake in a national competition (a qualification for full and associate professors) – which I am grateful to have won!

The second edition, this time intended for the public, was printed on August 13, 2012, and became an immediate and unexpected success, receiving excellent reviews, both scientific and journalistic.
You can read them all on the Italian blog
. The book, most importantly, was enjoyed by a large audience that stretched well beyond academia, including history buffs, lovers of exploration, and those passionate about Tibet and Nepal. Thanks to all of you!

Several months later, I corrected a few typos and cases of incorrect data—and I thank those readers who pointed them out to me—and on April 14, 2014 a 3rd edition was published, this time solely by the Asiatica Association.

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