Gomorrah: Italy's Other Mafia

Gomorrah Italy s Other Mafia Roberto Saviano s groundbreaking and utterly compelling book is a major international bestseller and has to date sold over million copies in Italy alone where it continues to sell strongly two yea

  • Title: Gomorrah: Italy's Other Mafia
  • Author: Roberto Saviano Virginia Jewiss
  • ISBN: 9780330450997
  • Page: 334
  • Format: Paperback
  • Roberto Saviano s groundbreaking and utterly compelling book is a major international bestseller, and has to date sold over 1 million copies in Italy alone, where it continues to sell strongly two years after original publication Since publishing his searing expose of their criminal activities, the author has received so many death threats from the Camorra that he has beeRoberto Saviano s groundbreaking and utterly compelling book is a major international bestseller, and has to date sold over 1 million copies in Italy alone, where it continues to sell strongly two years after original publication Since publishing his searing expose of their criminal activities, the author has received so many death threats from the Camorra that he has been assigned police protection Known by insiders as the System , the Camorra, an organized crime network with a global reach and large stakes in construction, high fashion, illicit drugs and toxic waste disposal, exerts a malign grip on cities and villages along the Neapolitan coast is the deciding factor in why Campania has the highest murder rate in all of Europe and why cancer levels there have skyrocketed in recent years.In pursuit of his subject, Saviano worked as an assistant at a Chinese textile manufacturer and on a construction site, both controlled by the System , and as a waiter at a Camorra wedding Born in Naples, he recalls seeing his first murder at the age of fourteen, and how his own father, a doctor, suffered a brutal beating for trying to help an eighteen year old victim, left for dead in the street.Gomorrah is both a bold and engrossing piece of investigative writing and one heroic young man s impassioned story of a place under the rule of a murderous organization.

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    1. Roberto Saviano must have some massive cojones. To bring out this book with exposes the Camorra - long hidden in the shadows of the crumbling high-rises of the poor neighbourhoods north of Naples - and their hydra-like influence on the Italian (and global) economy. Saviano grew up here and is able to talk to the dealers, the corner boys, the counterfeiters, the hitmen, etc and give us an closeup, unfiltered view of the heart of this organisation. This candid book earned him the glory of an extra [...]

    2. **Update** Saw Roberto Saviano on TV last night. He was talking. Talking. And talking. And talking. And talking. And talking. For a frickin hour and a half without stopping except when he was interrupted by applause. Great writer, but his nonstop jabber has me ready to whack a star off this book.**Gomorrah is a young journalist's account of just what the power of the mafia has done to southern Italy, particularly (but not solely) the Camorra in the Campania region. While he does discuss briefly [...]

    3. This book should be taught in schools.The media tend to forget about the camorra in Campania.They only talk about it when there's more than 2 deads a dayis book is a great tragical testimony of somebody who does not want to forget and wants to shout to everybody what the truth really is.Recommended to anyone who doesn't want to stop to the surface and wants to go deep into the scum of reality.

    4. The most concrete emblem of every economic cycle is the dump.Earlier this summer I enjoyed a podcast by one of the members of Wu Ming. The author spoke about responsibility and the New Italian Epic. Gommorah was the one example of the latter which was discussed at length. It was noted that the work suffered from a horrible translation into English. Perhaps the last qualification should give it a pass, as I found the work to be uneven. Nominally this is an exploration of criminal culture in the N [...]

    5. Un recorrido por el mundo de la Camorra napolitana contado en clave de reportaje periodístico que a veces puede llegar a abrumar con tantos nombres, apodos, barrios, pueblos, etc… pero que también llega a espeluznar por lo que cuenta sobre la industria textil, el tráfico de drogas, la gestión de residuos o la guerra entre los clanes. Un mundo en el que la vida no vale nada….Ha sido muy valiente el autor al atreverse a escribir este retrato tan detallado y documentado sobre la organizaci [...]

    6. This book seems to have suffered a loss in translation, and there were also some formatting problems with it that may have been a result of it being on my Kindle, and not in paper form. Also, the author obviously wrote for the Italian reader. Several times, he made long lists of Camorristas or of cities in Italy, and I suspect that these may have meant something to someone who lives in Italy and who has more knowledge of the state of organized crime in the country than I do, but for me, it was j [...]

    7. Chi vive al nord Italia può vedere la mafia come qualcosa di astratto, a metà strada tra la realtà e la finzione, più legata ad alcuni film come "Il padrino" che a fatti concreti e tangibili. Chi vive al sud invece conosce una verità ben diversa, sa che la mafia è un cancro nero, in apparenza inguaribile, che fagocita cose e persone. La mafia è il cuore maligno dell'Italia; un'organizzazione così forte che si fatica ad immaginarla. Il saggio di Saviano è un meritevole ritratto di questa [...]

    8. Wow! Anyone who defends the idea that there is such a thing as a free market should take a deep breath and confront the multi billion dollar criminal enterprise depicted in this book. If you can accept that steroids in sports is a direct result of too much money being directly linked to performance, how do you think trillion dollar markets will behave? Read it and weep.

    9. Since he has pulished his book, Saviano is a hunted man. Does he glorify organised crime after all? Or where did my fascination come from when I read him? The book portrays the Camorra as the incarnation of capitalism in its purest form, whoever stands in the way of business will be eliminated with the appropriate means. Appropriate? How much are moral standards essential for good business? The question is neglected and yet imminent on each page. Who is good? Who is evil. Names over names are qu [...]

    10. I saw the movie first. Now that I've read the book, I'm amazed at how faithful the movie is to the book. The film is an almost chapter-by-chapter recreation of the original. One of the most faithful adaptations I've ever seen.But, something's always lost in translation. What gets lost in the movie is the book's poetry, and also its anger.Saviano is a brave man for writing this. I'm surprised he's not dead yet. Gomorra film author to leave Italy after mob death threats The author of the book that [...]

    11. In America, we seem to have a love affair with the mob. Look at the Godfather or Scarface just to name two. Then there's Goodfellas and who can forget The Sopranos. (Actually, I could. I never liked it). Maybe the lover affair is because of the desire to get away with things. The real mob is one scary thing, but we know that. Roberto Savino doesn't just tell us that; he also tells us how the mob ruins society.Gomorrah is most likely not the best translated book, yet there is something compelling [...]

    12. Beh prima di fare questa recensione penso che sarebbe giusto dire che Saviano non è il tipico scrittore di quei racconti storici che a volte rimangono nel buio della memoria.Visto che qui non si parla solo di Napoli o della Campania o del Sud; Gomorra è il motore del capitalismo. Ciò che ho però trovato di interesse davvero eccezionale è la descrizione della strategia manageriale della camorra moderna. Nessuna struttura centralizzata di famiglie che controlla il territorio: le famiglie ci s [...]

    13. In "Gomorrah" Roberto Saviano sets out to expose the workings of the modern Italian criminal underworld. Visions of the mob as depicted in hollywood movies are quickly dispelled. The current mob is a hyper-capitilalist beast with it's hands in the world of drugs, politics, garbage and fashion. Saviano got great access, but unfortunately that isn't sufficient for a book to be a success. The writing is terrible and inconsistent. There are paragraphs of hyperbole attempting to be literary followed [...]

    14. This is a worrisome portrait of the extra-legal underworld centered in and around Naples. It is run by "clans" that are much larger, more ruthless, more sophisticated and more international than the American style Mafia family. These clans compete with each other for market share in drugs, hazardous waste, high fashion, arms and anything else they choose.The prose is absolutely wonderful. Well chosen words provide descriptions of people, life and feelings in a way you usually don't find in inves [...]

    15. Anyone expecting a kind of cool, macho life of gangsters, with charismatic real-life characters and bloodily amusing anecdotes is in for a shock. This is a raw, vicious and angry book, a true expose of how the Camorra dominates life around Southern Italy and how from there it extends its tentacles worldwide.Although it gives an overview of the various gangs and the characters involved, the book goes much further and breaks down the sociological and economic causes of and reactions to all that ha [...]

    16. Where to start? A MUST READ book. It was a huge slap in the face and made "The Godfather" look like a care-bear mafia. Roberto Saviano makes us dive into the Italian mafia, the Camorra, an almighty organisation ruling the southern regions of Italy.We are presented with his view, yes, but what remains are the facts, the cold-blooded facts: the terror that the Camora uses over Naples and its surroundings. The population live under their rule, the politicians are nothing but highly corrupted puppet [...]

    17. When I started reading Gomorrah it gave me nightmares so I had to put it down for a few days. Then I picked it up again and stayed up all night to finish it. It's not an ordinary True Crime book, the kind that presents the titillating foreign antics of Mafiosi with a cheery Goodfellas soundtrack. This is a relentless indictment, an obsessively reworked denunciation, a cold and clear-eyed assassination attempt. Saviano--who was still very young when he wrote this--describes the systems, economy a [...]

    18. Un buen libro para conocer mejor lo que es la mafia napolitana, la llamada Camorra. Me han impresionado los datos que se ofrecen, no imaginaba que la mafia fuera tan poderosa, que dominara tantos negocios tanto legales como ilegales con ramificaciones en toda Europa, España incluida. La todopoderosa construcción, la gestión de residuos peligrosos, la economía sumergida, la venta de drogas. En el fondo la mafia es la cara mas brutal y despiadada del capitalismo, son la misma cosa, solo las di [...]

    19. Er staat een nieuwe recensie online! Dit keer van het boek 'Gomorra' dat ik voor school moest lezen. Of ik het boek leuk vind, lees je nu op mijn blog! leesendroomuwweb/gomorra

    20. I almost gave up on this book in chapter 2. I should have. I'm not certain what the problem was, but I've chalked it up to poor translation (both words and culturally). Most of the time I had no idea what the author was talking about. Maybe Italians grow up knowing who the Mondragones are, but I would have benefited from some background info.Also, having actually completed the book, I still have no idea how the author got all of his information. Was he inside? Did he have friends inside? Was he [...]

    21. Ausgezeichnet! Ein Camorra-Sachbuch aus der Innensicht des teilnehmenden Beobachters im Günther Wallraff Stil, geschrieben wie ein spannender Thriller mit vielen Hintergründen, persönlichen Elementen bzw. Ansichten und Querverbindungen. Bereits am Beginn fällt ein ganzer Haufen Leichen im Hafen von Neapel aus einem Container. Ausgehend von dieser Story wird die italienische Textilindustrie, über die Bauindustrie bis zur Müllentsorgung beleuchtet und genau beschrieben, wie das System Camorr [...]

    22. Roberto Saviano was still in his 20s when he wrote this courageous exposé of the Neapolitan camorra. That it is such a stunning read is no doubt down to the face that he comes from the region and feels passionately about how criminality pollutes – sometimes literally – life in the region.The book is vivid in recounting events such as the horrific and dismaying Secondigliano War, the disastrous dumping of toxic trash illegally, the almost suicidal mentality that wants to kill every rival (an [...]

    23. This is a journalistic account of organised crime in Naples; the title is a pun on Camorra, the name of the Neapolitan mafia. It’s an eye-opening, depressing book. The prose is occasionally a little purple for my taste, which I suspect is partly the translation. And I feel a bit petty criticising the prose style since Saviano risked his life to write it; he now lives under 24 hour police protection. I can only hope his bravery does some good, although the book makes the problem seem intractabl [...]

    24. WM1: Non ho letto nessuna recensione prima di affrontare Gomorra. Nessuna.Libro impegnativo: a volte l'impasto è denso da soffocare, come la sabbia ficcata in bocca ad Antonio Magliulo legato su una sedia, spiaggia di Castelvolturno, litorale domizio.Il lettore deve affrontare Gomorra con attenzione, coscienza, responsabilità. Altrimenti verrà travolto.Mentre mi spingevo nel fitto ha preso forma un'ipotesi: l'io narrante di Gomorra è l'autore, ma non soltanto e non sempre. L'autore, per dirl [...]

    25. I read this book while travelling through Campania. We had lovely weather, stayed in some of the most beautiful coastal town in Europe and had a very breezy and relaxing week, but every moment I expected to turn the corner and find the seedy underside of southern Italy – some youth selling drugs, or hand bags, or Kalashnicovs – but never found it.Well, there was a very lively trade of cheap clothes wherever we wentFor any fan of the Wire, you won’t be surprised by how organized crime can e [...]

    26. Disappointing considering all the buzz that it got - probably 2.5 stars - but that might be partially an issue of translation; I can't really qualify this, but it often feels like the translator was too literal in transplanting every word into english, so that some of the style and descriptions that might have flowed in Italian doesn't quite pop here. Also, I often more curious as to how the Camorra actually performed the operations he talked about. It's very important if they completely control [...]

    27. I was hoping for a more expository work of non-fiction on this topic but instead it was a rambling, although at times very interesting, book about the Neapolitan mafia. There were plenty of memorable anecdotes but there were an equal number of sections where all these details are thrown at you at once and it's hard not to feel lost. If the book focused on one or two mob families these details would have added up to something more tangible but no sooner do you start to have an idea what a given c [...]

    28. Much has been written about the author's style, most of it positive. However, I found Saviano's style like that of a tabloid news journalist, and his metaphors are sloppy and awkward. Something may have been lost in translation, yet he has still been rewarded with international acclaim and a movie. But that is not to say that Saviano does not have an amazing story to tell about Naples' mafia, the Camorra. Saviano knows well the violent streets that the "System" manages, and it is nothing like wh [...]

    29. قرأت هذا الكتاب مترجم من الأيطالية إلى العربية وهو عمل ضخم ورائع وزخم ومدهش.الكتاب ليس رواية بل سردية حقيقية لواقع مخيف، عنيف يخوض في عالم الجريمة المنظمة والمافيا.من تجارة المخدرات إلى تبييض الأموال مروراً بتجارة الأسلحة والنفايات السامة والفساد الذي لا يستطيع الإنسان تخ [...]

    30. This is a very difficult book to read, not because of style but because there are no heroes. Everyone is trapped into the corruption and no one escapes its reach. It has becomes a way of life which infects even the youth. There is one chilling scene in which a young boy lures the mother of a rival gang out from here house - a woman who has befriended him - and she is assassinated. In the movie, he calmly walks away. The glamour of the Godfather, etc. is not part of this story.

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