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Pan Books, 2008 - True Crime - 300 pages
Gomorrah is a bold and important work of investigative writing that holds global significance. A groundbreaking, unprecedented bestseller in Italy, Roberto Saviano's gripping account traces the decline of Naples under the rule of organized crime. The Camorra is a network with an international reach and stakes in construction, high fashion, illicit drugs, and toxic waste disposal. Known by insiders as the System, it has infiltrated the economic and social fabric of the city and its region. A native of Naples, Saviano recalls seeing his first murder at the age of thirteen and remembers his own father, a doctor, suffering a brutal beating for trying to aid a teenage victim who had been left for dead in the street. In pursuit of his story, he infiltrates the System's work life and society. He investigates the Camorra's control of thousands of factories contracted to manufacture fashion goods, legally and illegally, for distribution around the world, and reveals how their abusive handling of toxic waste has created devastating pollution. Unique, brave, and graphic in detail, Gomorrah is one heroic young writer's impassioned story of a city --and a world--under the swa of a murderous organization.

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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 ... Read full review

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There's an extraordinary scene near the start of Gomorrah that I don't think I'll be able to forget. Roberto Saviano, investigating the numerous clothing sweatshops in the countryside around Naples ... Read full review

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About the author (2008)

Roberto Saviano was born in Naples and studied philosophy at university. "Gomorrah: ""A Personal Journey into the Violent International Empire of Naples' Organized Crime System" is his first book. in 2011 he was awarded the PEN Pinter International Writer of Courage Award.

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