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Gomorrah: Italy's Other Mafia

By Roberto Saviano, Virginia Jewiss (Translated by), Virginia Jewiss (Translated by)

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Format: Paperback, 320 pages, Unabridged edition Edition
Published In: United Kingdom, 03 October 2008
Published to coincide with the eponymous blockbuster film, Roberto Saviano's groundbreaking and utterly compelling book is a major international bestseller and has to date sold 750,000 copies in Italy alone. 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.

Robert Saviano was born in Naples, where he still lives. This is his first book.

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Robert Saviano was born in Naples, where he still lives. This is his first book.

EAN: 9780330450997
ISBN: 0330450999
Publisher: Pan Books
Dimensions: 19.7 x 13 x 2 centimetres (0.26 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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gemz on
isthis book written in english?
Daniel on
Very interesting, informative, and brutal. Although the violence and the way of the "Cammora" is captivating, the way this book is written, is not. Poorly written, almost like a bunch of facts and short stories have been put together, no flow, and not a pleasant read.

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