Giuliano da Empoli is an Italian and Swiss writer and journalist. He was Deputy Mayor for culture in Florence and a senior advisor to Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi. He has been a contributor and columnist for such publications as Corriere della Sera, La Repubblica, Il Sole 24 Ore, and Il Riformista. Since the publication of his first book at the age of twenty-two, he has published eleven more books on the economy and its social and political consequences. The Wizard of the Kremlin won the Grand Prix du Roman and was a finalist for the Goncourt Prize.