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Gomorrah

A Personal Journey into the Violent International Empire of Naples' Organized Crime System

Roberto Saviano; Translated from the Italian by Virginia Jewiss

Picador

An Economist Book of the Year
A New York Times Notable Book of the Year
A Christian Science Monitor Best Book of the Year
 
Gomorrah is Roberto Saviano's nonfiction account of the decline of Naples under the rule of the Camorra, an organized crime network with a large international reach and stakes in construction, high fashion, illicit drugs, and toxic-waste disposal. Known by insiders as "the System," the Camorra affects cities and villages along the Neapolitan coast, and is the deciding factor in why Campania, for instance, has the highest murder rate in all of Europe and why cancer levels there have skyrocketed in recent years.
 
Saviano tells of huge cargoes of Chinese goods that are shipped to Naples and then quickly distributed unchecked across Europe. He investigates the Camorra's control of thousands of Chinese factories contracted to manufacture fashion goods, legally and illegally, for distribution around the world, and relates the details of how the improper handling of toxic waste is causing pollution not only for Naples but also China and Somalia. In pursuit of his subject, Saviano worked as an assistant at a Chinese textile manufacturer, a waiter at a Camorra wedding, and on a construction site. A native of the region, he recalls seeing his first murder at the age of fourteen, and how his father, a doctor, was beaten for trying to aid an eighteen-year-old victim who had been left for dead in the street.

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"The most important book to come out of Italy in years. . . . I could not get this brave book out of my head."--The New York Times Book Review

"Astonishing . . . gripping . . . [Saviano] exhibits the passion and heroism of a young man."--The Washington Post

"Brilliant."--The Wall Street Journal

"Read this important book and you will appreciate why Italy is still a country that needs heroes like [Saviano]."--The Guardian (UK)

"An Engrossing book, animated by a fervor that's uncommon in American investigative reporting . . . As much a literary lament as a gritty exposé."--Mother Jones

"Endlessly eye-opening and sobering."--Kirkus Reviews

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  • Roberto Saviano; Translated from the Italian by Virginia Jewiss

  • Robert Saviano was born in 1979 and studied philosophy at the University of Naples. Gomorrah, his first book, has won many awards, including the prestigious 2006 Viareggio Literary Prize. After its publication, he was placed under police protection.

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