Gomorra

Edizioni Mondadori
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Nell'aprile 2006 il mondo editoriale italiano è stato sconvolto da un bestseller clamoroso e inaspettato, trasformatosi in poco tempo in un terremoto culturale, sociale e civile: Gomorra. Un libro anomalo in cui Roberto Saviano racconta la camorra come nessuno aveva mai fatto prima, unendo il rigore del ricercatore, il coraggio del giornalista d'inchiesta, la passione dello scrittore e, soprattutto, l'amore doloroso per una città da parte di chi vi è nato e cresciuto. Per scriverlo si è immerso nel "Sistema" e ne ha esplorato i mille volti. Ha così svelato come, tra racket di quartiere e finanza internazionale, un'organizzazione criminale possa tenere in pugno un'intera regione, legando firme del lusso, narcotraffico, smaltimento dei rifiuti e mercato delle armi.
Gomorra è un libro potente, appassionato e brutale, un viaggio sconvolgente in un mondo in cui i ragazzini imparano a sparare a dodici anni e sognano di morire ammazzati, in cui i tossici vengono usati come cavie per testare nuove droghe. Pagine che afferrano il lettore alla gola e lo trascinano in un abisso dove nessuna immaginazione è in grado di arrivare.
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Publisher
Edizioni Mondadori
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Published on
Oct 7, 2010
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Pages
406
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ISBN
9788852016110
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Language
Italian
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Genres
Fiction / General
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A groundbreaking major bestseller in Italy, Gomorrah is Roberto Saviano's gripping nonfiction 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 whycancer levels there have skyrocketed in recent years.

Saviano tells of huge cargoes of Chinese goods that are shipped to Naples and then quickly distributed unchecked across Europe. He investigates the Camorra's control of thousands of Chinese factories contracted to manufacture fashion goods, legally and illegally, for distribution around the world, and relates the chilling details of how the abusive handling of toxic waste is causing devastating pollution not only for Naples but also China and Somalia. In pursuit of his subject, Saviano worked as an assistant at a Chinese textile manufacturer, a waiter at a Camorra wedding, and on a construction site. A native of the region, he recalls seeing his first murder at the age of fourteen, and how his own father, a doctor, suffered a brutal beating for trying to aid an eighteen-year-old victim who had been left for dead in the street.

Gomorrah is a bold and important work of investigative writing that holds global significance, one heroic young man's impassioned story of a place under the rule of a murderous organization.

“Zero zero zero” flour is the finest, whitest available. “Zero zero zero” is also the nickname among narcotraffickers for the purest, highest quality cocaine on the market. And it is the title of Roberto Saviano’s unforgettable exploration of how the cocaine trade knits the world into its dark economy and imposes its own vicious rules and moral codes on its armies and, through them, on us all.
Saviano’s Gomorrah, his explosive account of the Neapolitan mob, the Camorra, was a worldwide publishing sensation. It struck such a nerve with the Camorra that Saviano has lived with twenty-four hour police protection in the shadow of death threats for more than seven years. During this time he has become intimate with law enforcement agencies around the world. Saviano has broadened his perspective to take in the entire global “corporate” entity that is the drug trade in cooperation with law enforcement officials, who have fed him information and sources and used him to guide their own thinking and tactics. Saviano has used this extraordinary access to feed his own groundbreaking reportage.

The result is a truly amazing and harrowing synthesis of intimate literary narrative and geopolitical analysis of one of the most powerful dark forces in the global economy. In Zero Zero Zero, Saviano tracks the shift in the cocaine trade’s axis of power, from Colombia to Mexico, and relates how the Latin American cartels and gangs have forged alliances, first with the Italian crime syndicates, then with the Russians, Africans, and others. On the one hand, he charts an astonishing increase in sophistication and diversification as these criminal entities diversify into many other products and markets. On the other, he reveals the threat of violence to protect and extend power and how the nature of the violence has grown steadily more appalling.


Saviano is a journalist of rare courage and a thinker of impressive intellectual depth and moral imagination, able to see the connections between far-flung phenomena and bind them into a single epic story. Most drug-war narratives feel safely removed from our own lives; Saviano offers no such comfort. As heart racing as it is heady, Zero Zero Zero is a fusion of a variety of disparate genres into a brilliant new form that can only be called Savianoesque.

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