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Gomorrah: A Personal Journey into the Violent International Empire of Naples’ Organized Crime System [Roberto Saviano, Virginia Jewiss] on In , Italian author and journalist Roberto Saviano published Gomorrah, an exposé of the organised crime network Camorra; since then he. Review: Gomorrah by Roberto SavianoRoberto Saviano’s exposé of the Neapolitan mafia is unprecendently intimate, writes Helen Zaltzman.

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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 robetto home city. For Gomorrahhe disappeared into the Camorra and witnessed up close the drug cartel’s audacious, sophisticated, and far-reaching corruption savianno has paralyzed his home city and introduced the world to a new breed of organized crime.

I could not get this brave book out of my head.

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

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Gomorrah by Roberto Saviano

His repetitive statements, “and I can gomortah it! The Camorra he describes seems to have two components–a violent, vicious killing machine to enforce its rule and get its way. The other part is that of a commercial gpmorrah using its originally ill gotten gains to finance and capitalize a range of mostly legitimate businesses. Of course there are the illegal businesses–such as the drug trade. And even some of the “legitimate” businesses are only quasi-legitimate–high quality knockoffs or counterfeit fashion articles.

So in that regard it’s dated, but I don’t doubt that the Camorra Version isn’t all that much different from the Camorra Version The author is very brave even reckless investigating the Naples crime organization and its tentacles in the rest of Italy, my favorite travel destination, and across borders into the rest of Europe.

The reader will learn many things he may not want to know about this exceptional part of a country with such great culture and natural beauty. The beginning of the book clearly explains the business model of the Italian mob and businessmen in Naples. Shows how soft crime and business mesh. The later portion of the the book shows the life style and cultural aspects of living in Naples and the “Life”. Translated from Italian is a very very descriptive flowery way.

An interesting look into the underworld of southern Italy.

Gmoorrah wasn’t a novel. It is a look into the inner workings of the Italian underworld. Most of the references to different cities and areas of Italy were lost on me. It goes into how the various factions of the underworld function and what a huge part of the economy is under their influence. There are some thought provoking revelations here about the interface between obvious criminal activities such as drug dealing or prostitution, and the subtle taking over of “legitimate businesses” such as the cement industry or the trash removal industry.

It is scary to learn about these things. IT definitely got me thinking about how certain industries are controlled in the USA. Who knows what is really going on in the USA?

Very well written, at rpberto poetic in describing global illegal trade. Bought it because the TV series is so gritty and wanted to know more.

The movie is very close to this book, but not the TV series which is more dramatic, though true to the book’s insights. Saviano is obviously a local, otherwise he’d never have gotten access to the people and information he presents in Gomorrah. It’s stunning to realize just how much money, power, and influence flows through the veins of Italy’s largest criminal organization. He presents his findings piece by piece, focusing on one criminal activity or endeavor at a time, hence there is a lot of time overlap that at first is a bit confusing.


But keep reading; it gets even juicier. The author at times tends toward the philosophical in wondering how these people, in whose midst he grew up, can justify or even understand savino own actions.

Anyone with an interest in Italy, organized crime, international trade, or enslavement to a sociological code that rots one from the inside out will benefit from reading this book. I first learned about the book when I was in Reggio Calabria and saw lots of police protection around a man I had never heard of — Robert Saviano. Asking around I learned the story of his expose of the Neapolitan Mafia sagiano Camorra and then found the book translated into English, yay!

What a fascinating read offering a real glimpse into the underworld life of not just Italy, but how organized crime has permeated much of the global marketplace.

Kind of like an underground Walmart story. This is a fascinating glimpse into that world.

There’s also a Calabrian Mafia ‘Ndrangheta. Really an interesting book, but badly translated; reads like it was translated word for word, the syntax is definitely Italian, not English. Also, the writing style is a little weird, stream-of-consciousness, sort of like Hunter Thompson, which, for me, got old pretty pretty quickly. Nevertheless, an interesting, horrifying book.

What the Camorra is doing to Italy is appalling. Add this to The Monster of Florence and the whole Amanda Knox affair as one more reason to never run afoul of the Italian, so-called, justice system; there isn’t one, really, there’s the Camorra See all reviews. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. Pages with related products. See and discover other items: There’s a problem loading this menu right now.

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