Posted on January 25, 2023 at 8:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

A Swiss-Italian author's debut novel has sold well and pleased critics in France.

That's a good thing, right?

Well ... scholars, diplomats, and politicians are actually worried about The Wizard of the Kremlin.

See, it imagines a fictional — but based on a real figure — aide to Vladimir Putin and attempts to get inside the mind of the Russian leader.

Some describe Giuliano da Empoli's depiction of Putin as too flattering or as reflective of France's somewhat lenient view of Putin compared with other Western countries'.

Read more about the one-time mayor and advisor to an Italian prime minister who brought Putin to popular fictional life in The New York Times.

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