Gomorrah : Italy's Other Mafia Paperback
Published to coincide with the eponymous blockbuster film, Roberto Saviano's groundbreaking and utterly compelling book is a major international bestseller.
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.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 424 pages, 1 map
- Publisher: Pan Macmillan
- Publication Date: 03/10/2008
- Category: True crime
- ISBN: 9780330450997
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Review by MikeBarton
For many people Italian orgainsed crime means the Mafia. Before the Mafia there was the Camorra. As the Mafia are to Sicily the Camprra are to Campania, the region surrounding Naples. With tentacles everywhere extortion to drugs to high fashion and even an interest in the redevelopment of the World Trade Centre site in New York.
Review by Opinionated
Its hard to see how this brave, lucid and heroic book wouldnt' get 5 stars from any reviewer. Even better, the movie version, whilst having only tenuous links with the book, is brilliant in its own right. Saviano is a journalist of an unusual type these days - prepared to get down and dirty (in this case as a manual labourer) rather than rely on press releases, gossip and twitter. He has a no nonsense style; he points the finger, backs it up with facts, and adds local colour for illumination. He can surely never live in Napoli again and in many ways this is his triumph. Should be compulsory reading not just for its exposure of of the Camorra but more disturbingly for the way it has blended into legal capitalism. In many ways, Saviano argues, capitalism cannot exist without the Camorra and its ilk. Soberingly he is probably right
Review by WWDG
Not a lot to add to what others have said about this book, other than how depressed it made me feel when you realise just what the Camorra have done to the economy and people of Southern Italy, especially in the Campania region.This is not the glorified mafia families of Hollywood film legend, but the horrifying truth of the vice like grip that these people have over a whole region of Italy. There does not seem to be any pie that they don’t have their fingers in, or any family in the region that is not affected by them in some way or another. As another reviewer said, it is not a light and fluffy beach read, although ironically I did read it whilst on holiday, but a fascinating investigation into the far reaching consequences of the power of the Camorra.