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Gomorra (2007)

by Roberto Saviano

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At the beginning you can't stop reading and you flick through the pages like you would die of you don't read the next page but then when you get the idea of the immensity of the Gomorrah influence to our world and the first shock subsides you get a bit tired, you confuse the names and you loose a bit of interest. But this book is the most bravest and shocking I have ever read and I hope for us all that some things have changed by now. I dread it's not the case and I wonder what I myself can do to not support mafia business. Roberto Saviano I bow to you and I hope you live long and prosper to write more such powerful books. ( )
  Lysann | Jun 1, 2014 |
A bit heavy. This is my first Saviano, read it in Dutch (sic!). Found it interesting, but a bit heavy. It's a black and white snapshot, with far too much black. ( )
  Peppuzzo | May 5, 2014 |
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 ( )
  Opinionated | Sep 6, 2013 |
I have always categorized the italian mob in my head as something that doesn't really exist any more and only lives on in movies and television. Boy was I wrong! In this wonderful non-fiction book Roberto Saviano details the many tentacles of the Cammorah, the italian mafia that is centered in the southern part of Italy. Saviano describes the manner in which the crime syndicates have worked their way into many sectors of legitimate enterprise, such as construction, waste management and the garment industry. Because Saviano, who is a native of the area he is writing about, has a philosophy degree in addition to his career as a journalist, he writes not only about the facts of the criminal gangs, but also what living in such a society does to the souls of the people who live there. I found this book to be a sobering antidote to violence portrayed as glamorous, as it is in so many facets of popular culture. ( )
  elmoelle | Aug 9, 2013 |
depressing, intense, hard to read but fascinating. If you can't finish this, see the brilliant movie version. ( )
  lxydis | May 11, 2013 |
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Epigraph
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.
ΧΑΝΝΑ ΑΡΕΝΤ
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
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To S., damn it
Σε σένα Σ., ανάθεμα
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Το κοντέϊνερ ταλαντευοταν καθώς ο γερανός το μετέφερε στο πλοίο.
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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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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0312427794, Paperback)

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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