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Gomorra by Roberto Saviano

Gomorra (2007)

by Roberto Saviano

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When people say "Italian Mafia" they think about the "Cosa Nostra",
The "Cosa Nostra" has a single rulebook and a single structure, building up in a pyramid from the soldiers at the base to the boss of bosses at the apex.
In Gomorrah, Saviano writes about "The Neapolitan Camorra", or "The System" as it is known by those on its inside, is a vast, pullulating world of gangs. Gomorrah is an excellent book about the workings of the South Italian Mafia.
This is a book about an Italian Mafia almost nobody talks about, the one concentrated in Naples - The Camorra.
A must read if you want to know more about "The System". ( )
  Haidji | Jul 6, 2015 |
Il libro è bello, agghiacciante. La voce di S. è quella che serve per ascoltare queste storie, questo mondo cosi' marziano, questo pezzo d'Italia che vorresti gettare a mare, o abbracciare. Questo pezzo di Italia che comunque anche a mare galleggerà, come da anni sta facendo, sulle proprie e altrui miserie.Il testo serve per tenerla a distanza, questa terra violenta, per potersi sentire fortunati del proprio domicilio, per sentire narrare che il futuro, in Campania, è impossibile: al massimo, la fuga. Non si può sconfiggere una cultura così selvaggia, un modo di essere che affonda le sue radici nell'ignoranza primordiale, non mediata da civiltà o società. Tuttavia, come cantava De Andrè, per quanto noi ci crediamo assolti, siamo lo stesso coinvolti. Questa barbarie siamo noi allo stato puro, senza filtri.
Là si uccide a mani nude, con cattiveria inutile e impunità, data dal potere, dalle armi, dal denaro. Gli stessi mezzi che in altri luoghi geografici permettono di essere eletti a rappresentare una ‘idea’ di democrazia. Gli obiettivi, le pulsioni e le intelligenze sono le medesime: cambiano solo le modalità. S. ha usato la sua vita per raccontarlo, sapendo benissimo che il sistema ha la memoria lunga, ipotecando così il resto del suo futuro. Bisognerebbe ricordarselo, ogni tanto. ( )
  bobparr | Dec 14, 2014 |
Amazing reportage, full of fascinating set pieces about aspects of the seemingly inescapable tentacles of economic corruption and its attendant environmental devastation in the Campania region of Italy. I'd never heard of the Camorra, and learning of their death grip on huge strands of the global economy is disheartening--but the courage of Saviano's reporting about the cancer eating away his home region is unforgettable. ( )
1 vote AThurman | Dec 7, 2014 |
Wer von Roberto Saviano hört oder liest, denkt mit großer Wahrscheinlichkeit als Erstes an sein Buch über die Camorra. Dieses Hörbuch, das zwei recht kurze Geschichten beinhaltet, hat nur auf den ersten Blick nichts damit zu tun. Denn die Hintergründe sind dieselben, die zum Weiterbestehen dieser Mafiaorganisation beitragen: Armut und die beinahe fatalistische Einstellung zum Leben. "Nimm es wie es kommt und mach das Beste daraus." Kein Hinterfragen, kein Ergründen der Ursachen um diese womöglich zu beseitigen - man macht einfach das Beste daraus.
Wie auch Maria, die 17jährige Verlobte von Gaetano, der mit dem Militär nach Afghanistan geschickt wurde und dort umkam. Saviano beschreibt anhand dieses Einzelschicksals, dass es für viele junge Männer im Süden keine Alternative zum Militärdienst gibt, um so zumindest eine legale Arbeit mit einem gesicherten Gehalt zu haben. Kein Wunder, dass die italienischen Soldaten in den Friedensmissionen größtenteils aus dem Süden kommen und damit auch die meisten Todesopfer 'stellen'. Soldat: die Alternative für diejenigen, die außer der Mafia keine andere haben? Doch nicht nur die jungen Männer sind die Leidtragenden. Für Maria wird mit ihren 17 Jahren, deren Leben so verheißungsvoll vor ihr lag, eine ewige Witwe bleiben. Gefangen in den Dorftraditionen wird sie weiterhin bei ihren Elten wohnen und für den Rest ihres Lebens schwarz tragen müssen.
Die zweite Geschichte berichtet davon, wie völlig Unbeteiligte zu Opfern der Mafia wurden, nur weil sie zur falschen Zeit am falschen Ort waren. Aber es dennoch niemanden interessiert, wer sie getötet hat und warum und aus lauter Angst alle schweigen. Denn für die Außenstehenden ist alles klar: Wer so getötet wird, gehörte dazu - weiteres Nachfragen lohnt nicht.
Heikko Deutschmann liest dies einfühlsam und mitfühlend vor, aber auch mit entsprechender Sachlichkeit. So grausam sich all dies anhört, es ist die Realität in diesem Teil des Landes.

Das einzig Ärgerliche an diesem Hörbuch ist die Länge. Wohl in weiser Voraussicht wird nirgends (weder im Booklet noch beim Verlag oder sonstwo) die Dauer angezeigt. Vermutlich weil die beiden CDs gerade mal 80 min umfassen und man diese bei etwas gutem Willen auch auf eine CD hätte pressen können. Ansonsten aber hörenswert! ( )
1 vote Xirxe | Dec 2, 2014 |
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. ( )
1 vote WWDG | Nov 8, 2014 |
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Comprehension. . .means the unpremeditated, attentive facing up to, and resisting of, reality—whatever it may be.

- Hannah Arendt
Κατανόησε τι σημαίνει φρικαλεότητα, μην αρνείσαι την ύπαρξη της, αντιμετώπισε χωτίς προκατα
λήψεις την πραγματικότητα.
Winners have no shame, no matter how they win.
- Niccolo Machiavelli
Εκείνοι που νικούν με όποιο τρόπο κι αν νικούν, δε νιώθουν ποτέ ντροπή. ΝΙΚΚΟΛΟ ΜΑΚΙΑΒΕΛΛΙ
People are worms and they have to stay worms.
- from a wiretapped conversation
To S., damn it
Σε σένα Σ., ανάθεμα
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Το κοντέϊνερ ταλαντευοταν καθώς ο γερανός το μετέφερε στο πλοίο.
Το να επενδύσεις μια σύνταξη των εξακοσίων ευρώ στην κόκα σημαίνει να πάρεις πίσω ύστερα από ένα μήνα τα διπλά. Οι φατρίες της Καμόρρα είχαν κατορθώσει να διευρύνουν τον κύκλο των επενδυτικών τους κεφαλαίων , εμπλέκοντας ακόμη και μικροαστική τάξη που απείχε με από εγκληματικούς μηχανισμούς αλλά είχε κουραστεί να εμποιοστεύεται τα αγαθά της στην τράπεζα.
Αυτή είναι η νέα εποχή των εγκληματικών οργανώσεων. Αυτή είναι η νέα ισχύς της οικονομίας: να υπερισχύεις με οποιοδήποτε κόστος.
Η εγκληματικότητα δεν είναι εξουσία, αλλά μία από τις εξουσίες.
Προσπαθούσα να καταλάβω αν τα ανθρώπινα συναισθήματα ήταν σε θέση να αντιμετωπίσουν μια τόσο μεγάλη εξουσία.
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A New York Times Notable Book of the Year

A groundbreaking, unprecedented bestseller in Italy, Roberto Saviano's insider account traces the decline of the city of Naples under the rule of the Camorra, an organized crime network more powerful and violent than the Mafia. The Camorra is an elaborate, international system dealing in drugs, high fashion, construction, and toxic waste, and its influence has entirely transformed life in Campania, the province surrounding Naples. 

Since seeing his first murder victim, at thirteen, Roberto Saviano has watched the changes in his home city. For Gomorrah, he disappeared into the Camorra and witnessed at close range its audacious, sophisticated, and far-reaching corruption that has paralyzed his home city and introduced the world to a new breed of organized crime.

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A major bestseller in Italy, this is a heroic young man's impassioned account of the decline of Naples under the rule of the Camorra, an organized crime network with a large international reach and stakes in construction, high fashion, illicit drugs, and toxic-waste disposal. Known by insiders as "the System," the Camorra affects cities and villages along the Neapolitan coast, and is the deciding factor in why Campania, for instance, has the highest murder rate in all of Europe and why cancer levels there have skyrocketed in recent years. Author Saviano, who saw his first murder at age 14, worked under cover to investigate the Camorra's control of Chinese factories contracted to manufacture fashion goods, legally and illegally, for distribution around the world, and relates how the abusive handling of toxic waste is causing devastating pollution not only for Naples but also China and Somalia.--From publisher description.… (more)

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