Italian Diplomats as Writers

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The research on Italian Diplomats as Writers of Stefano Baldi and Pasquale Baldocci focuses on books published by Italian diplomats from the post-war period to today. It currently includes more than 1400 titles published by 350 Italian diplomat writers and gives a picture of the diverse interests that distinguish the members of the diplomatic profession.

The volume Through the Diplomatic Looking Glass was published in 2007 by DiploFoundation in collaboration with the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs1. It was the first of a new collection in DiploFoundation publications entitled, “Diplomats as writers.” The book was based on the Italian version titled La Penna del diplomatico. The volume evokes not only the talent for describing situations and characters, but also the broad, diverse interests that distinguish the members of this profession. As well, this study takes a broader view of relations between diplomacy and literature, examining the primary moments and protagonists of this relationship.

The research results are regularly updated through a website dedicated to the topic.

The project also developed in time and includes now:

  • A website where the list of books published by Italian diplomats is regularly updated
  • A blog in Italian concerning Italian books
    Each newly published book is described in a post and a short bio is provided together with the cover of the book.
  • A book “Through the Diplomatic Looking Glass. Books Published by Italian Diplomats Since 1946” (2007) by Stefano Baldi and Pasquale Baldocci
    The original book in Italian “La penna del diplomatico. I libri scritti dai diplomatici italiani dal dopoguerra ad oggi” was published in 2006. More recently the author has also published a repertoire of books titled “Il diplomatico su carta” (2018).
  • A Digital library of books written by Italian diplomats
    This list shows only those books that are freely downloadable. The titles identified for each author are in order of year of publication. It includes about 120 titles.
  • A series of Books presentations with Italian diplomat writers
    A series of online book presentations has been organised as part of the Festival della Diplomazia since 2020. Video recordings of the 20 presentations with the participation of diplomat-authors are available online.
  • A webpage dedicated to Books on Italian Embassies in the world
    Several volumes dedicated to Italian Embassies have been edited by diplomats. In this page a comprehensive each published volume is briefly described in alphabetical order. In some cases, a partial or complete digital version of the book is available for download and consultation.
  1. The book was launched with a panel discussion in Cairo on 4 February 2010.  The speakers were Pasquale Baldocci, Dr Mostafa El Feky, chairman of the  Committee on Foreign Relations of the People’s Assembly, Abdel Raouf El Ridy, chairman of the Mubarak Library and honorary chairman of the Egyptian Council for Foreign Affairs, and Nehad Abdel Latif, assistant to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Head of the Italian-Egyptian Friendship Association. ↩︎

The panel exhibition on Books written by Italian Diplomats

Within the framework of the Italian Literature Festival “La Fonte,” which took place in Vienna from March 1st to 3rd, 2024, an exhibition of panels titled “The Diplomat’s Pen” was set up, dedicated to books written by Italian diplomats. The festival is organized every year by the Italian Cultural Institute of Vienna, the cultural association Librai in Corso, and the Libellula Association of Vienna.

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The exhibition, conceived and realized by Ambassador Stefano Baldi, consists of 18 thematic panels featuring a selection of 360 book covers and illustrates a lesser-known aspect of diplomats, represented by the books they have published. The panels, in Italian and English, are organized by thematic area and cover: History, Biographies, Memories, International Politics, Diplomacy, Fiction, Poetry and Theater, Italians Abroad, Miscellaneous, In Other Languages, Italian Embassies. Each panel also includes a brief description of the books included in each category. A special panel was created for the occasion, focusing on books published by Austrian diplomat writers.
The exhibition is based on the broader research project “The Diplomat’s Pen,” which the author began over 20 years ago with the publication of the book of the same title. The research has so far identified and catalogued over 1400 books published by more than 340 diplomatic authors from the post-war period to the present day, highlighting the considerable literary production of diplomats and valorizing their publishing activity. An examination of the published books reveals a vast and varied landscape that not only highlights the ability to narrate situations and characters but also the broad and diversified interests that characterize those who pursue this profession.

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