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Although they share the same title, Saviano's book Gomorra and the TV series Gomorrah – The Series do not have much in common. If we consider the film by. PDF | On Aug 1, , Valeria Pizzini-Gambetta and others published Women in Gomorrah. Roberto Saviano's book Gomorrah: Italy's Other Mafia. The author. Gomorrah (Italian: Gomorra) is a non-fiction investigative book by Roberto Saviano published .. Create a book · Download as PDF · Printable version.
Drugs, though, are important, and Saviano is impatient with worthy pontifications about the sociology of the ghetto. After the first cut 30 kilos becomes a market value of approximately 15 million euros. With a larger cut, 30 kilos can be stretched to But you expect drugs. What I didn't expect was to hear about the Camorra controlling all the merchandise flowing in and out of Naples port; or how they have taken over Italy's waste disposal industry.
This last is particularly upsetting: Saviano details how industrial and chemical waste is mixed with gravel or mislabeled so that it can be more easily transported, and then dumped in vast landfills. One abandoned quarry near Naples was found to have 58, truck loads of illicit waste in it.
Child labourers are used to unload the barrels, which are acutely toxic. The area has inflated rates of cancers — but it isn't just a problem of the south. The activity is directly linked to big Italian companies in the Veneto or the capital, and in fact Saviano says that without this under-the-counter service from the Camorra, Italy would never have met the economic conditions for entering the EU. Holding it all together are the capos and bosses who hide away in armoured mega-villas, conferring with accountants and issuing instructions to prosecute the latest inter-clan killing spree.
The most important have jaunty Neapolitan nicknames — 'a scigna the monkey , 'o scellone the angel , 'o 'ntufato the angry one. Local politicians are generally helpful to the clans, when they aren't outright members. In , a guy called Antonio Magliulo made a pass at a boss's cousin: They took him to the beach, tied him to a chair facing the sea, and began to stuff his mouth and nose with sand. Pierpaolo Antonello Forthcoming in D.
Renga ed , The Mafia Movie Reader. Toronto: Toronto UP, The title of both book and movie obviously is a Biblical reference.
The play is with Camorra, drawing a parallel between the Naples crime system and the ancient Palestinian city of Gomorrah, which, according to Genesis , was destroyed along with Sodom by fire from heaven because of the wickedness of its inhabitants. In fact, the crudeness and the brutal aspects of the movie are arguably more effective in showing a reality that evinces apocalyptic features, and in which no redemption or hope is in sight either for the protagonists or for society as a whole.
Just as the book is a narrative reportage structured in different episodes, the film is organized around five intertwined stories presented chronologically without flashback.
The character of Roberto might easily have been removed without damage to the film; his presence arguably has a weak resonance with the spectator and possibly producing an opposite effect to that intended. Persuaded by money and a need for respect to teach his craft to workers in a Chinese-run factory, he barely escapes a gun assault intended as a warning from the local bosses; he decides to leave his trade thereafter and becomes a truck driver.
In the final scene of his story, at a gas station, he watches on the bar television as one of his dresses is worn by Scarlett Johansson at the premiere of the Venice Film Festival. Attempting to break their way into the crime underworld with adolescent audacity and recklessness, they defy the control of the local boss and come to an inevitable end.
They are ambushed and unceremoniously killed, treated as a simple 4 inconvenience, an annoyance for the gangsters in control of the area, and their bodies are disposed off with a bulldozer like useless waste. The most important have jaunty Neapolitan nicknames — 'a scigna the monkey , 'o scellone the angel , 'o 'ntufato the angry one. Local politicians are generally helpful to the clans, when they aren't outright members. In , a guy called Antonio Magliulo made a pass at a boss's cousin: They took him to the beach, tied him to a chair facing the sea, and began to stuff his mouth and nose with sand.
Magliulo tried to breathe, swallowing and spitting sand, blowing it out his nose, vomiting, chewing, and twisting his neck. His saliva, mixing with the sand, formed a kind of primitive cement, a gluey substance that slowly suffocated him. It is refreshingly jarring to read a book which links this violence with the run-down kids and sweatshop workers who drive it all — that does not, in other words, glorify it. We are a long way from cool Ray Liotta voiceovers and Tony Bennett soundtracks.
Far from Hollywood looking to the Mafia for inspiration, it's actually the other way round — Camorra bosses model their mansions on Al Pacino's house in Scarface , kids angle their guns sideways like Tarantino stars, and one female capo has a retinue of women bodyguards dressed in fluorescent yellow like Uma Thurman out of Kill Bill.
The book generates a lot of disgust and outrage, and I wish there were a few more suggestions for what we could productively do with these feelings. Perhaps Saviano doesn't know any ways left to be an ethical consumer; certainly the tone often borders on the pessimistic. But it's saved from defeatism by his trust in the power of language. But Roberto Saviano really did lift the lid on a lot of things that Italians didn't know about or didn't talk about. The effects were dramatic, not least on his own life: But he made ignoring the issues infinitely more difficult.
Words still have power, and someone using them like Saviano needs to be celebrated and protected. View all 11 comments. He was talking. And talking.
For a frickin hour and a half without stopping except when he was interrupted by applause. Great writer, but his nonstop jabber has me ready to whack a star off this book. While he does discuss briefly other groups such as the Calabrian 'Ndrangheta , the Sicilian Cosa nostra , and the Pugliese Sacra Corona Unita , the main focus of this book is the Camorra , whose massive power in the drug trade, the fashion industry, arms deals, hotel construction abroad, cement-manufacturing, and illegal toxic waste-managing have turned Naples and the surrounding cities into the lawless trash-heaps they are today -- literally.
This is one of the most upsetting books I've read in a long time, even if the translation was poor, it still worked. The voice is that of a professional journalist, but someone who also grew up in the Camorra territories: He takes us through the internal family wars which leave hundreds of Camorristi dead, while a few outsiders fall victim as well: He tells the story of a priest who dared speak out against the Camorra simply by publishing open letters to the church community -- these letters are arguably the most moving part of the book -- only to be shot dead in his church.
He reveals the lives of the Camorra wives, who are just as involved in international business and trade as their husbands are -- and they are just as violent. These are not the mafiosi that Americans have glorified in movies like The Godfather and The Sopranos, with pinstripes and stupid shoes restricted to a few Jersey-trash families. Today's Camorristi dress like they walked off the set of The Matrix, they are more brutal than ever, they are forever expanding, and they happily recruit young boys in the surrounding regions of Naples -- a place so goddamn shitty that the two times I drove through it I thought I would be shot There is no work, there is no money, there is no way out, no life other than this.
Studying and moving north seems pointless to them Death at the hands of a rival family or boss is glory for them.
Now here's the fun part. After ten years of experience in Italy and having lived in Verona for the last 3 years, I have become a firm believer in the Lega Nord party, the political group that wants to control immigration and eventually cut the country in half, making Italy two separate countries.
And they should. Southerners are the most wonderful people in the country, but if they don't join the military or escape to the north, they generally turn to organized crime. Not all, but most.
The corruption in the south leads all the money in the north, where everyone works, to just get wasted paying the taxes that the southerners either evade or can't pay. Well, I've been fucking stupid and naive. After reading this book, I now know that, heh, the vast majority of the toxic trash dropped on Napoli has come from Veneto, my region. Whenever a mafioso is in trouble, he hides out in the north, usually in Veneto. Not only that, the biggest producers of Christmas cakes in Veneto and Lombardia?
The biggest milk producers in Italy? And it's not just organized crime, it's a national affliction. Cell phone companies here get together and fix prices every year. Same with the cabs, who didn't want more than one cab company operating. I love it here, I honestly do, but I can't help but think I wish everyone would get off America's back about how we need to pollute less and recycle more, that we need to have more equal opportunity and basically just be better all-around.
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Read this book only if you want any sort of nice image you have of Italy destroyed. Excellent read, but thoroughly upsetting. Read at your own risk. Hope I don't get whacked for having written this. View all 18 comments. View 2 comments. Approfitto del mio breve commento d'epoca per ricordare che oggi, 3 maggio, si celebra il World Press Freedom Day. Daphne Caruana Galizia , blogger e giornalista di inchiesta con le sue indagini aveva affrontato per anni, illuminando i legami opachi tra la Politica e la Finanza nera che hanno fatto di Malta lo snodo cruciale del riciclaggio nel cuore dell'Unione Europea.
La cassaforte discreta e a prova di scasso del denaro frutto della corruzione domestica e internazionale. L'hub dei trasferimenti di denaro da e per le principali piazze off-shore del mondo. La porta di accesso allo spazio comune di sceicchi, satrapi e oligarchi sufficientemente liquidi da comprare una seconda cittadinanza quella europea, appunto: La Repubblica , uccisa a Malta con un'autobomba il 16 ottobre e invito tutti a leggere e a seguire il Daphne Project.
View all 4 comments. View 1 comment. Dec 03, Francesca Lenti rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book should be taught in schools.
The media tend to forget about the camorra in Campania. They only talk about it when there's more than 2 deads a day Recommended to anyone who doesn't want to stop to the surface and wants to go deep into the scum of reality.
Gomorra Roberto Silviano
This book seems to have suffered a loss in translation, and there were also some formatting problems with it that may have been a result of it being on my site, and not in paper form. Also, the author obviously wrote for the Italian reader. Several times, he made long lists of Camorristas or of cities in Italy, and I suspect that these may have meant something to someone who lives in Italy and who has more knowledge of the state of organized crime in the country than I do, but for me, it was j This book seems to have suffered a loss in translation, and there were also some formatting problems with it that may have been a result of it being on my site, and not in paper form.
Several times, he made long lists of Camorristas or of cities in Italy, and I suspect that these may have meant something to someone who lives in Italy and who has more knowledge of the state of organized crime in the country than I do, but for me, it was just a slog to read through lists of people or places I am completely unfamiliar with.
I just wanted him to get to the point. All of that said, I was sometimes moved and sometimes disturbed by this book. I was particularly disturbed by the last chapter, where he wrote about the link between organized crime and waste management, and how garbage, including toxic waste and human remains, is being "disposed of" by putting it in abandonned mines and underground storage tanks, in composting facilities, in fertilizer, and in the ocean.
This has worldwide implications, and my mind is kind of reeling from it. I also enjoyed reading of the author's struggles with having grown up where organized crime is de regueur, and trying to find his way in life.
One passage I particularly liked was this: You chase after the hare even against your own will, even if, once you catch it, you snap your jaws and let it go. Overall, I think this was worth reading, but I was left wishing my Italian was good enough to have read it without the translation. 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. Gommorah was the one example of the latter which was discussed at length.
It was noted that the work suffered from a horrible translation into English. Perhaps the last qualification should give it a pass, as I found the work to be uneven. Nominally this is an exploration of criminal culture in the N The most concrete emblem of every economic cycle is the dump. Nominally this is an exploration of criminal culture in the Naples area of Italy.
This is a deeply emotional response to a Foucauldian nightmare, one where modern capitalism has disrupted classic Mafioso structures and replaced them with something more pervasive and insidious.
The book opens with how the fashion and garment industries occupy the area around Naples and the fierce and often lethal competition which exists within such.
Many of these operations expand upon a certain level of growth to include drug trafficking. The modern business notion of focus groups becomes warped to a situation where nearly free heroin is given to the destitute to see if it is safe.
Credit and logistics allow the clans influence in global flashpoints and thus arms begin the circuitous travels. The book concludes exploring the criminal involvement in construction and waste disposal. The details are harrowing. Saviano lists the misdeeds impassively, periodically noting "I know and I can prove it".
Gomorra Roberto Silviano
This verification strikes me as an even more bleak outlook. Potere e denaro da una parte, dall'altra morte e dolore senza fondo. Qui dal porto di Napoli. Punto finale dei viaggi interminabili delle merci.
Le navi arrivano, si immettono nel golfo avvicinandosi alla darsena come cuccioli a mammelle, solo che loro non devono succhiare, ma al contrario essere munte. Since he has pulished his book, Saviano is a hunted man. Does he glorify organised crime after all?
Or where did my fascination come from when I read him? The book portrays the Camorra as the incarnation of capitalism in its purest form, whoever stands in the way of business will be eliminated with the appropriate means.
How much are moral standards essential for good business? The question is neglected and yet imminent on each page. Who is good? Who is evil. Names over names are qu Since he has pulished his book, Saviano is a hunted man. Names over names are quoted. A documentary whodunnit, a novel about life and death, methods of killing portrayed in horrible details, a disgusting and fascinating book.
The best chapter "Don Peppino Diana" about a priest who resists traditions, breaks the wall of silence and calls fellow priests to not baptize newborn family members of the godfathers, who names the system what it is: What is power, what is the meaning of life? The book never mentions the final questions explicitly but it's hard to find literature where they are more present than in this one.
I go to shops with different eyes now.
Not for the faint of heart. Un mundo en el que la vida no vale nada…. Una obra que le va a suponer verse amenazado de por vida, porque aunque pase el tiempo esta gente no olvida.
Sep 17, Arun Divakar rated it really liked it Shelves: All that I knew about the book then was that it had something to do with the criminal underworld and its people. When I started reading it the first time, it all felt like one big let-down for me since there was not enough action in the first few chapters and pages and there were long, long deviations into stories of unimportant characters.
I gave up! A couple of years later I began re-reading the story and got totally enamoured with the character of Michael Corleone and came to a conclusion that this was how an underworld don should ideally be. Why I went into this long rant was to tell myself as to how mistaken I was in my understanding of the Mafia and how effective Mario Puzo was in concocting a fictional American Mafia story.
The stories of the Italian cartels that Roberto Saviano talks about in his book is an antithesis to how much popular fiction has romanticized the criminal underworld. What Saviano talks about is equating the Italian Mafia to an octopus whose many tentacles wrap around and suffocate every aspect of life on the land. You can either be with the octopus or against it for there is no middle ground when it comes to the cartels.
Gomorrah is a brutal account of a brutal business populated by unbelievably ruthless characters who are all real!Lumps of concrete. Naples is surrounded by walls of goods. A naked and dressed. And I was too excited to rest. The Italian Minister of the Interior has granted him a permanent police escort , but he's been often attacked by politicians of Berlusconi 's cabinet. The play is with Camorra, drawing a parallel between the Naples crime system and the ancient Palestinian city of Gomorrah, which, according to Genesis , was destroyed along with Sodom by fire from heaven because of the wickedness of its inhabitants.