Roberto Saviano; Translated from the Italian by Virginia Jewiss
A New York Times Notable Book of the Year
A groundbreaking, unprecedented bestseller in Italy, Roberto Saviano's insider account traces the decline of the city of Naples under the rule of the Camorra, an organized crime network more powerful and violent than the Mafia. The Camorra is an elaborate, international system dealing in drugs, high fashion, construction, and toxic waste, and its influence has entirely transformed life in Campania, the province surrounding Naples.
Since seeing his first murder victim, at thirteen, Roberto Saviano has watched the changes in his home city. For Gomorrah, he disappeared into the Camorra and witnessed at close range its audacious, sophisticated, and far-reaching corruption that has paralyzed his home city and introduced the world to a new breed of organized crime.
"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