Mussolini's Explorer: The Adventures of Giuseppe Tucci and Italian Policy in the Orient from Mussolini to Andreotti. With the Correspondence of Giulio Andreotti. (Volume 1) 1st Edition
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"As Italy takes up arms and Mussolini sets his eye on supplanting the British Crown a fact elegantly and rigorously uncovered by Garzilli in these pages Giuseppe Tucci manages to maneuver his way through the treacherous landscapes of the Himalayas and of Fascist politics to emerge as the country's foremost scholar and archaeologist of the Orient. His achievement is monumental, and Garzilli's monumental biography brings him joyously to life, through archival documents, personal letters, travelogues, lectures, interviews, articles, photographs, films, and her own tireless travels. Here is a hunt in search of a hunter. "
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- Item Weight : 1.07 pounds
- Paperback : 332 pages
- ISBN-10 : 8890022698
- ISBN-13 : 978-8890022692
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.83 x 9 inches
- Publisher : Asiatica Association; 1st edition (May 13, 2016)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,184,312 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Impeccably researched and detailed without being dry and "academic." The translation is also well done demonstrating a good degree of effort between the translator and the author.
I look forward to the next volume.
I’ve therefore taken my time to go with the due attention through all its pages: introduction, photographic material, the two main chapters (one dealing with Tucci’s youth and the other with his expeditions in Asia and the figure of Carlo Formichi) and even the bibliography.
Well… I’ve literally devoured it!!
As an enthusiast of Oriental studies and as an Italian, I’ve since ever been interested in Tucci’s life and works. Yet, if his books and articles still are at our disposal, for obvious reasons his file is not, and only one who knew him and his friends, acquaintances and colleagues in person, one like Enrica Garzilli, can better tell us the many facets of Tucci’s character: not only the international scholar, but also the Italian professor, the adventurer, the husband, the play-boy… in a word, that incredible man he was, loved by some, loathed by others.
The true spirit of Garzilli’s book, I must say, lies in the fact that it’s not a mere collection of episodes of Tucci’s life or a, so to speak, simple research concerned with what Tucci did, where he went, whom he met with. Not at all! This book, on the contrary, is an actual landscape. Garzilli, page after page, while thoroughly expounding the results of her delving into documents and direct witnesses, accompanies us into Tucci’s world. So, without even noticing this is happening, at a certain point we for instance begin to see before our eyes the sunny and gentle hills of central Italy, where Tucci spent his youth between classical studies and first wrintings. We find ourselves, then, surrounded by the bustling city life, when Tucci moved to Rome, first as a university student and then as an ambitious professor during the fascist period. We perceive the moist heat, we hear the sound of exotic animals, we guess the smell of spices mixed with the stench on the edge of some roads, during Tucci's journeys through India and Nepal, together with his friend and teacher Formichi, eager to find manuscripts in whatever language and on almost whatever subject, so vast was his horizon of interests and so far could his curiosity bring him.
This book is the first stage of a travel through the life of a special man, a journey in which we readers are Tucci's travelmates.
If you ask me then whether or not in my opinion Garzilli’s book is worth reading, my answer is: I can’t wait for the next volume to be published!