Synopsis. Now with a new preface to mark the ten year anniversary of publication , Roberto Saviano’s groundbreaking and utterly compelling book is a major. In , Italian author and journalist Roberto Saviano published Gomorrah, an exposé of the organised crime network Camorra; since then he. Roberto Saviano has escort to protect him from mafia, but has criticised interior minister.

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Gomorrah by Roberto Saviano

The book was adapted for the big screen in and for TV in How did you get the idea for this novel? It was such a powerful news story: Mafias have always employed muschilli — little mosquitoes — in robertl roles. But for a few years, in Naples, kids aged between 10 and 19 were in charge: Did you find gomotrah positive aspects in these characters?

Of course — these kids are highly talented. I interviewed the survivors in jail, and there was great humanity there. They managed zones generating up to half a million euros a weekend, selling weed, huge amounts of cocaine.

Imagine a year-old who has to import drugs, set a price, pay the police, pay a percentage to the locals to keep quiet. What are their motivations? None of them are doing it out of hunger. If you die at 20, you die a legend. I saw my first corpse in my first year of secondary school.

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As soon as we heard of one, my friends and I would immediately go see it. Once we saw a Camorrista drowned in milk, in a mozzarella vat. But for me it was unthinkable to be a Camorrista leader at My family and upbringing protected me. They live on Facebook and Instagram, boasting about their feats….

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Did you feel a responsibility not to glorify this world? Imagine a dark room. You go in, turn on the light, and see a corpse. We are constantly immersed in words; the problem is that words have no weight any more.

The American president can one day say one thing about Robdrtoand then the next day overturn it with no consequences. Literature can return a specific weight to words. What do you find most worrying in Italy at the moment? This is a dangerous government, which risks being the first clearly authoritarian government in Europe [this century]. He based his whole campaign on attacking migrants, while never saying anything against the mafia, of which he understands nothing. What we have is isolation, civil and legal attacks — Salvini criticised me [ threatening to remove his police protection ] as a minister, not as a person, which is unusual.

What are your thoughts on the collapse of the Morandi bridge in Genoa? In the past few years in Italy there have been several incidents in which infrastructure collapsed, crushing people, so there are clearly issues with maintenance.

Would goomorrah ever go into politics? Do you get tired of being the person who has to comment on Italian crime and corruption? It tires me to the point where I sometimes feel hopeless. I would sometimes like to not be who I am any more, to have a decent life, but I do it — some people think out of ambition, others narcissism — for honour.

A word that fascists have plundered from us. I do it knowing full well saaviano it generates hatred, isolation, contempt. But I go on. Which writers or investigative journalists do you admire most? He was arrested for revealing in his newspaper [ Cumhuriyet ] that Erdogan was secretly taking part in the war in Syria. In life she was systematically vilified, and in death, the same people started to retract, to speak of a person full of dignity and courage. Our cities savianno both protagonists of our books — Naples is never just a goomrrah.


In America they asked me, how come Ferrante gave you this endorsement? In May you said the UK was the most corrupt country in the world. Do you still think so?

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Because London has no financial rules: When I spoke about this in the UK, the perception was that it was something marginal. What do you gomorrzh most about Italy?

robertl Every year the equivalent of the population of Verona leaves; the south of Italy is almost uninhabited. Italy can only be reborn from migrants, allowing the Mediterranean to have a single citizenship. They live on Facebook and Instagram, boasting about their feats… Did you feel a responsibility not to glorify this world? Italy Europe Drugs Drugs trade interviews.

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Roberto Saviano, the man behind Gomorrah: ‘Kids want to be a mob boss for three years, then die’

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