Nuovo libro su Tucci: Il Duce's Explorer - 1
Finalmente il 30 novembre 2015 è uscito il mio nuovo libro su Tucci. Si intitola Il Duce’s Explorer. The Adventures of Giuseppe Tucci and Italian Policy in the Orient from Mussolini to Andreotti. With the Correspondence of Giulio Andreotti ed è la versione inglese, rivista e ampliata, de L’esploratore del Duce.
Questo è il primo di nove volumi. Di seguito potete leggere è la prefazione. Enjoy!
When the capital of Tibet was still the mythical, “Forbidden City”, a destination for the most daring explorers, when Nepal was covered with forests and swamps, swarming with dangerous beasts
and cut o˫ to foreigners, when Italy was ruled by the Fascist regime greedily eyeing potential colonial possessions in Asia, a learned and adventurous man – a perfect embodiment of the era’s virile ideals – entered a land, alone, where no Western man had before set foot: crossing glittering, snow-capped peaks, desolate deserts and the ruins of ancient cities, constantly pushing himself to his limits, he discovered archaeological treasures from past civilizations. Even today, in the East as well as in the West, the name of this intrepid Italian explorer and insatiable researcher is cloaked in an aura of legend.
One could hardly imagine a richer and more exciting life than that of Giuseppe Tucci (1894–1984), a scholar who may rightly be considered one of the fathers of modern Oriental Studies and the central protagonist of Fascist cultural policy in Asia: from his first expeditions to the valleys of the Himalayas and the plains of the Ganges, to his diplomatic activity in Japan as Il Duce’s spokesman; from his encounters with scholars and leaders such as Gandhi, Tagore, the Dalai Lama, Mircea Eliade and Giovanni Gentile – his great protector, along with Giulio Andreotti – to the archaeological excavations in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran in his later years, his is a human and intellectual adventure tied
inextricably to the history of modern Italy, which Tucci himself helped to forge. An adventure that can now be retraced in the pages of this book, where the pace of a thrilling narrative combines with the scientifc rigor of reconstructing the history of Fascist policy in Asia and of Tucci’s precious creation, the powerful Italian Institute for the Middle and Far East. A history based on eyewitness accounts and historical documents, including the original and unedited correspondence of Tucci and Andreotti, and the unpublished notes of Mussolini.
This volume is the first in a series of nine, which together represent a translation of the two-volume Italian book, L’esploratore del Duce: le avventure di Giuseppe Tucci e la politica italiana in Oriente da Mussolini a Andreotti. Con la corrispondenza di Giulio Andreotti (1st ed. not for distribution, Milano: Asiatica Association, Roma: Memori, January 29, 2012; 2nd rev. ed., Milano: Asiatica Association, Roma: Memori, August 13, 2012; 3rd rev. ed. Milano: Asiatica Association, April 14, 2014).
The decision to publish the book in a series of nine, shorter volumes was made for two principal reasons. The first, to get the book in readers’ hands in a timely fashion, by releasing volumes
of reduced pages at regular intervals. Between translation and editing, to have produced the entire book at once – which stands at 1,493 pages – would have required four years of work. The second reason, and the most important, is to meet the reader half way in regard to price: the cost of the entire volume in English would be substantial, while acquiring briefer volumes over time is far more feasible. In the table of contents, found in the previous pages, readers may survey the various topics treated in the nine volumes.