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Gomorra (2007)

by Roberto Saviano

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Saviano writes in a very dark and personal tone. The book is a highly detailed look at the criminal underworld of Neapolitan Italy and its effects on the Region and the world. ( )
  mheyman | Feb 23, 2016 |
Scary, very scary. Third world thriving within a first world country.
  danoomistmatiste | Jan 24, 2016 |
Scary, very scary. Third world thriving within a first world country.
  kkhambadkone | Jan 17, 2016 |
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 |
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There have been any number of books on organised crime in Italy. What makes Saviano’s different is the intensity and complexity of his engagement.
 
By becoming a literary sensation, Gomorrah has broken through the bewildered indifference that used to greet Camorra stories in Italy. Yet it is a difficult work to summarise, a generic hybrid: it is part undercover investigation, part political polemic, part history and part autobiography.
 

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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.
The container swayed as the crane hoisted it onto the ship.
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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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