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3.74  ·  Rating details ·  11,813 ratings  ·  856 reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published October 30th 2007 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (first published April 2006)
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“Καταραμένοι μπάσταρδοι, είμαι ακόμα ζωντανός!....(;)"

Με αυτή την ζωντανή κραυγή θανάτου κλείνει ο Σαβιάνο το βιβλίο. Ένα ευαγγέλιο κόλασης που έγραψε ως καταγγελία, μαρτυρία, αποκάλυψη, βίαιη λιτανεία διαφθοράς και νεκρικής σήψης, που συνεπάγεται απελπισία και οργή.

Τα « Γόμορρα» του κόσμου μας εξετάζει ο συγγραφέας, παρατηρεί και μας αποκαλύπτει, με έναν συγκλονιστικό τρόπο, σε μια αφηγηματική κλίμακα εγκληματικά σκληρή, σχεδόν πέρα απο την κατανόηση του απλού αναγνώστη.
Σχεδόν πέρα απο τα ανθ
Michael Finocchiaro
Roberto Saviano must have some massive cojones. To bring out this book with exposes the Camorra - long hidden in the shadows of the crumbling high-rises of the poor neighbourhoods north of Naples - and their hydra-like influence on the Italian (and global) economy. Saviano grew up here and is able to talk to the dealers, the corner boys, the counterfeiters, the hitmen, etc and give us an closeup, unfiltered view of the heart of this organisation. This candid book earned him the glory of an extra ...more
Apr 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There's an extraordinary scene near the start of Gomorrah that I don't think I'll be able to forget. Roberto Saviano, investigating the numerous clothing sweatshops in the countryside around Naples, happens to be with one of the master tailors when he turns on the television in his run-down shack one evening. It's Oscars night, and Angelina Jolie is on the red carpet – wearing one of his handmade outfits.

The man breaks down in tears. He had no idea – they just told him that one was ‘being sent t
La Petite Américaine
Jul 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Leghisti / People who know Italy
**Update** Saw Roberto Saviano on TV last night. He was talking. Talking. And talking. And talking. And 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.**

Gomorrah is a young journalist's account of just what the power of the mafia has done to southern Italy, particularly (but not solely) the Camorra in the Campania region. While he does discuss briefly
Tea Jovanović
Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Mučna tema, sjajno napisana knjiga, odličan novi prevod... Preporuka ❤ ...more

Al di là degli omicidi, delle connivenze, dello squallore umano e ambientale, quello che mi ha sconvolta è stata la descrizione degli affari e del riciclaggio delle merci che si svolgono nel porto di Napoli: crocevia della criminalità del mondo intero.

Approfitto del mio breve commento d'epoca per ricordare che oggi, 3 maggio, si celebra il World Press Freedom Day .

Ricordo, a memoria, perché sono sicuramente molti di più i giornalisti sacrificati per la libertà di stampa:

Daphne Caru
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: brace2018
Βουτιά στην καρδιά της οικονομικής ηγεμονίας της ναπολιτάνικης μαφίας, επαφή με την πιο σκοτεινή πλευρά της ανθρώπινης οικονομικής δραστηριότητας. Δεν υπάρχουν και πολλά να πεις για αυτό το βιβλίο, η μοίρα του συγγραφέα του μιλάει από μόνη της.
Francesca Lenti
Dec 03, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
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...
this book is a great tragical testimony of somebody who does not want to forget and wants to shout to everybody what the truth really is.
Recommended to anyone who doesn't want to stop to the surface and wants to go deep into the scum of reality.
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
Feb 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Chi vive al nord Italia può vedere la mafia come qualcosa di astratto, a metà strada tra la realtà e la finzione, più legata ad alcuni film come "Il padrino" che a fatti concreti e tangibili. Chi vive al sud invece conosce una verità ben diversa, sa che la mafia è un cancro nero, in apparenza inguaribile, che fagocita cose e persone. La mafia è il cuore maligno dell'Italia; un'organizzazione così forte che si fatica ad immaginarla. Il saggio di Saviano è un meritevole ritratto di questa organizz ...more
Feb 28, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 Kindle, 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 ...more
Aug 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: documentary, ethics
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. Appropriate? 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 ...more
Sep 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ένα βιβλίο που για εμένα πρέπει να διαβαστεί! Είναι συνδυασμός ρεπορτάζ και λογοτεχνικής αφήγησης. Ο Σαβιάνο περιγράφει τη δράση της Καμόρρα που ανήκει στην εποχή της παγκοσμιοποίησης. Γεγονότα που εν μέρει είναι γνωστά αλλά οι λεπτομέρεις σε κάνουν να ανατριχιάζεις. Το τελευταίο κεφάλαιο ειλικρινά είναι σοκαριστικό! Διαβάζοντάς αντιλαμβάνεσαι ότι το βιβλίο είναι τρομακτικά επίκαιρο.
Jan 18, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un recorrido por el mundo de la Camorra napolitana contado en clave de reportaje periodístico que a veces puede llegar a abrumar con tantos nombres, apodos, barrios, pueblos, etc… pero que también llega a espeluznar por lo que cuenta sobre la industria textil, el tráfico de drogas, la gestión de residuos o la guerra entre los clanes. Un mundo en el que la vida no vale nada….

Ha sido muy valiente el autor al atreverse a escribir este retrato tan detallado y documentado sobre la organización de la
Arun Divakar
Sep 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
Approximately 18 years ago and in a second hand bookshop at Coimbatore, I first chanced across Mario Puzo’s The Godfather. 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 late ...more
In America, we seem to have a love affair with the mob. Look at the Godfather or Scarface just to name two. Then there's Goodfellas and who can forget The Sopranos. (Actually, I could. I never liked it). Maybe the lover affair is because of the desire to get away with things.

The real mob is one scary thing, but we know that. Roberto Savino doesn't just tell us that; he also tells us how the mob ruins society.

Gomorrah is most likely not the best translated book, yet there is something compelling
Amar Pai
Jun 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
I saw the movie first. Now that I've read the book, I'm amazed at how faithful the movie is to the book. The film is an almost chapter-by-chapter recreation of the original. One of the most faithful adaptations I've ever seen.

But, something's always lost in translation. What gets lost in the movie is the book's poetry, and also its anger.

Saviano is a brave man for writing this. I'm surprised he's not dead yet.

Gomorra film author to leave Italy after mob death threats

The author of the book th
Jan 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Got about halfway through until I was crushed under the weight of detail.
Jun 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Anyone expecting a kind of cool, macho life of gangsters, with charismatic real-life characters and bloodily amusing anecdotes is in for a shock. This is a raw, vicious and angry book, a true expose of how the Camorra dominates life around Southern Italy and how from there it extends its tentacles worldwide.

Although it gives an overview of the various gangs and the characters involved, the book goes much further and breaks down the sociological and economic causes of and reactions to all that ha
Majo's Library.
Beh.. prima di fare questa recensione penso che sarebbe giusto dire che Saviano non è il tipico scrittore di quei racconti storici che a volte rimangono nel buio della memoria.
Visto che qui non si parla solo di Napoli o della Campania o del Sud; Gomorra è il motore del capitalismo. Ciò che ho però trovato di interesse davvero eccezionale è la descrizione della strategia manageriale della camorra moderna. Nessuna struttura centralizzata di famiglie che controlla il territorio: le famiglie ci sono
Aug 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Roberto Saviano was still in his 20s when he wrote this courageous exposé of the Neapolitan camorra. That it is such a stunning read is no doubt down to the face that he comes from the region and feels passionately about how criminality pollutes – sometimes literally – life in the region.

The book is vivid in recounting events such as the horrific and dismaying Secondigliano War, the disastrous dumping of toxic trash illegally, the almost suicidal mentality that wants to kill every rival (and the
Sean Owen
Jul 24, 2015 rated it it was ok
In "Gomorrah" Roberto Saviano sets out to expose the workings of the modern Italian criminal underworld. Visions of the mob as depicted in hollywood movies are quickly dispelled. The current mob is a hyper-capitilalist beast with it's hands in the world of drugs, politics, garbage and fashion. Saviano got great access, but unfortunately that isn't sufficient for a book to be a success. The writing is terrible and inconsistent. There are paragraphs of hyperbole attempting to be literary followed ...more
Oct 17, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone interested in economics or organized crime
I read this book while travelling through Campania. We had lovely weather, stayed in some of the most beautiful coastal town in Europe and had a very breezy and relaxing week, but every moment I expected to turn the corner and find the seedy underside of southern Italy – some youth selling drugs, or hand bags, or Kalashnicovs – but never found it.

Well, there was a very lively trade of cheap clothes wherever we went …

For any fan of the Wire, you won’t be surprised by how organized crime can embra
Veronica Piras
Sep 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sicuramente non c’è bisogno di presentazioni per Gomorra. Finalmente leggo anche io il primo libro di Saviano. Che dire? Un pugno nello stomaco, uno schiaffo in faccia. Impossibile non rimanere toccati dalla realtà dei fatti che spesso, purtroppo, supera la fantasia. Consigliato senza dubbio, crudo, diretto e senza pietà. Si legge in un soffio
May 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime, italy
This is a worrisome portrait of the extra-legal underworld centered in and around Naples. It is run by "clans" that are much larger, more ruthless, more sophisticated and more international than the American style Mafia family. These clans compete with each other for market share in drugs, hazardous waste, high fashion, arms and anything else they choose.

The prose is absolutely wonderful. Well chosen words provide descriptions of people, life and feelings in a way you usually don't find in inves
Katherine Liddy
Oct 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When I started reading Gomorrah it gave me nightmares so I had to put it down for a few days. Then I picked it up again and stayed up all night to finish it.

It's not an ordinary True Crime book, the kind that presents the titillating foreign antics of Mafiosi with a cheery Goodfellas soundtrack. This is a relentless indictment, an obsessively reworked denunciation, a cold and clear-eyed assassination attempt. Saviano--who was still very young when he wrote this--describes the systems, economy a
Jun 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
Where to start? A MUST READ book. It was a huge slap in the face and made "The Godfather" look like a care-bear mafia. Roberto Saviano makes us dive into the Italian mafia, the Camorra, an almighty organisation ruling the southern regions of Italy.
We are presented with his view, yes, but what remains are the facts, the cold-blooded facts: the terror that the Camora uses over Naples and its surroundings. The population live under their rule, the politicians are nothing but highly corrupted puppet
Tatianne Dantas
Feb 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Impressionante. Mesmo. Não sou do tipo que diz: Leiam, mas vou quebrar minha própria regra e dizer: Leiam. A última vez que me vi tremendo diante de um livro de não-ficção pela sensação física de que não há saída foi com Vozes de Tchernóbil. No final de Gomorra, quando ele fala do lixo eu me senti soterrada pela sujeira. A forma de organização dos capítulos, no começo sobre o envolvimento da Camorra com as altas grifes italianas e o trabalho escravo que essas grifes usam e o final falando dos de ...more
Feb 05, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Er staat een nieuwe recensie online! Dit keer van het boek 'Gomorra' dat ik voor school moest lezen. Of ik het boek leuk vind, lees je nu op mijn blog!
Wu Ming
Dec 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WM1: Non ho letto nessuna recensione prima di affrontare Gomorra. Nessuna.
Libro impegnativo: a volte l'impasto è denso da soffocare, come la sabbia ficcata in bocca ad Antonio Magliulo legato su una sedia, spiaggia di Castelvolturno, litorale domizio.
Il lettore deve affrontare Gomorra con attenzione, coscienza, responsabilità. Altrimenti verrà travolto.
Mentre mi spingevo nel fitto ha preso forma un'ipotesi: l'io narrante di Gomorra è l'autore, ma non soltanto e non sempre. L'autore, per di
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Roberto Saviano is an Italian writer and journalist.

In his writings, articles and books he employs prose and news-reporting style to narrate the story of the Camorra (a powerful Neapolitan mafia-like organization), exposing its territory and business connections.

Since 2006, following the publication of his bestselling book Gomorrah (Gomorra in Italian), where he describes the clandestine particula
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“Ad aver dato fastidio alle organizzazioni criminali è il mio lettore, non sono io. Il mio lettore è ciò che loro non vogliono, il fatto che in questo momento ne stiamo parlando, che ne hanno parlato tutti i giornali, che continuano ad uscire libri, che continuano a nascere documentari, è tutto questo che loro non vogliono, è l'attenzione su di loro, sui loro nomi, soprattutto sui loro affari.” 10 likes
“Everyone I know is either dead or in jail. I want to become a boss. I want to have supermarkets, stores,
factories, I want to have women. I want three cars, I want respect when I go into a store, I want to have
warehouses all over the world. And then I want to die. I want to die like a man, like someone who truly
commands. I want to be killed.”
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