Roberto Saviano – Italy

Linked with Roberto Saviano: an Italian dissident, and with Sign for Roberto Saviano – Firma per Roberto Saviano.

Roberto Saviano (born 1979) 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. In 2006, following the publication of his bestselling book Gomorrah (Gomorra in Italian), where he describes the clandestine particulars of the Camorra business, Saviano has been threatened by several Neapolitan “godfathers”. The Italian Minister of the Interior has granted him a permanent police escort. Because of his courageous stance, he is considered a “national hero” by important author-philosophers such as Umberto Eco … (full text).


He says: … “”…l’errore più grave che si fa quando si osserva il fenomeno camorra e quello di considerarlo un fenomeno criminale quando invece è un fenomeno di potere dove l’aspetto criminale e solo uno degli aspetti”. (full text).


Roberto Saviano – Italy

Listen the video in italian, Roberto Saviano – parte 1,  7.11 min.

La nueva Camorra, SA: El grupo criminal, el más poderoso de Italia, se vuelve más flexible y extiende sus tentáculos más allá de Nápoles.

His 2 websites: in italian, and in french and some english.

Man who took on the Mafia: The truth about Italy’s gangsters

… The trouble for Saviano is that “Gomorra” takes a detailed look at the Camorra, as the Naples mafia is known. In fact it’s a play on words, comparing Naples to the sinful Old Testament city. But Saviano — who has also written about the mob for the Neapolitan paper L’Espresso — doesn’t merely describe the mafia’s influence in Naples. He also provides detailed descriptions of the inner workings of the criminal organization. And he names names … (full text).

Why Is the Pope So Silent About the Mob?

Find him and his publications on Google News-search; on IMDb; on nazione indiana (in italian); on Google Video-search (for the moment all in italian); on inauthor Google-search; on Google Book-search; on Google Group-search; on Google Blog-search.


FRANKFURT — Amidst the raucous parties and frantic deal making of the Frankfurt Book Fair, the international publishing industry’s largest gathering of the year, there was a salient reminder that writing can be a dangerous business … (full text).

Salman Rushdie: Gomorrah author in greater danger than I was under fatwah.

Minister urged to quit over alleged link to mafiosi whose threats sent writer into exile.

Philosopher-journalist Roberto Saviano doesn’t speculate about the relationship between high fashion and organized crime.  He doesn’t have to.  He’s seen the connection up close — and even braved the icy waters off the Port of Naples at dawn to help unload goods that would never pass through customs … (full text).

Roberto Saviano in NYC.

Gomorra, da best-seller al Festival di Cannes.

Support balloons for anti-mafia author Saviano.

Swedish Academy split over Italian author Saviano.

Roberto Saviano devrait être un écrivain comblé. Pour son premier livre, ce Napolitain de 28 ans a obtenu le très envié prix Viareggio. En quelques mois, l’ouvrage est devenu best-seller en Italie. Il sera bientôt publié dans une vingtaine de pays. Hollywood s’y intéresse. Mais le succès inattendu de Gomorra, un récit-enquête sur la Camorra, la mafia de la région de Naples, a contraint son auteur à changer de vie. Roberto Saviano a déserté les plateaux de télévision et décline les propositions d’entretiens. Le jeune journaliste-écrivain s’est mis aux abonnés absents pour échapper aux menaces téléphoniques, aux lettres anonymes et aux pressions qui se multiplient. (full text).

… But with 100,000 copies sold since April, Saviano is no longer considered neutral, and no longer safe. After getting death threats from the local organized crime syndicate, he’s keeping a low profile under 24-hour guard. Umberto Eco has compared the situation to the Islamic fatwa against Salman Rushdie, but the mob’s violent persecution of muckrakers is, in fact, a particularly Italian legacy. “You need journalists,” says Giovanni De Mauro, a Rome magazine editor whose journalist uncle was killed by the mob. “But then the battle must be waged by politicians and law enforcement.” One day, they might help get Saviano back on his Vespa. (full text).


Find also in openDemocracy – in the blue window – on new mafia networks:

  • Isabel Hilton, “Álvaro Uribe’s gift: Colombia’s mafia goes legit” (25 October 2005);
  • Ilija Trojanow, “Bulgaria: the mafia’s dance to Europe” (16 August 2006);
  • Zygmunt Dzieciolowski, “New Russia, old Russia” (5 April 2007);
  • Li Datong, “The root of slave labour in China” (26 June 2007);
  • Emmanuelle Bernard, “Guinea-Bissau: drug boom, lost hope” (13 September 2008).


Italian Writers;


History of the Camorra in Italy;

Non-fiction writers about organized crime in Italy;


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