Maurizio Serra is an Italian diplomat and writer, member of the Académie française; he is the first Italian to become “Immortel”, the title that is bestowed on anyone who covers one of the 40 high-backed chairs, which comprise the Académie française.
Maurizio Serra entered the diplomatic career at the age of 23, represented Italy in West Berlin and Moscow during the Soviet Union, then was ambassador to the UN in Geneva and to Unesco in Paris. He headed the “Mario Toscano” Diplomatic Institute of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and taught History of International Relations at LUISS Guido Carli in Rome.
He is the author of numerous essays and articles. Among his books by him, the biographies of the writers Curzio Malaparte stand out, for which he won the Goncourt Prize for biography, Italo Svevo and Gabriele D ‘Annunzio. In 2008, with the volume Fratelli Separati. Drieu-Aragon-Malraux (ed. Settecolori), won the XLI Acqui Storia Prize.
On 9 January 2020 Maurizio Serra was elected to the Académie française, filling the post vacated by Simone Veil. He is the first Italian to hold the prestigious position for life at the cultural institution in Paris.