Beauty and the Inferno by Roberto Saviano

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Gomorrah, Roberto Saviano’s 2006 exposé ofNaples’s Camorra mafia, was an internationalbestseller and became an award-winning film.But the death threats that followed forced theauthor into hiding. Saviano was ostracized by hiscountrymen and went on the run, changing hislocation every few months and compelled to keepperpetual company with his bodyguards. To thisday, he lives in an undisclosed location.

The loneliness of the fugitive life informs all theessays in Beauty and the Inferno, Saviano’s firstbook since Gomorrah. Among other subjects, hewrites about the legendary South African jazzsinger Miriam Makeba, his meeting with the real-lifeDonnie Brasco, sharing the Nobel Academyplatform with Salman Rushdie, and the murderedRussian journalist Anna Politkovskaya. Presentthroughout the book is a sense of Saviano’speculiar isolation, which infuses his words withanger, exceptional insight and tragedy.

About Roberto Saviano

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ROBERTO SAVIANO was born in Naples in 1979. As a journalist, he writes for La Repubblica and L’Espresso, as well as for many newspapers around the world. After the publication of Gomorrah (now translated into forty languages) and its subsequent film adaptation, he received several death threats, obliging the Italian government to provide him with twenty-four-hour protection. He has been living in hiding since 2006. In 2011 he was awarded the PEN/Pinter Prize. OONAGH STRANSKY is the translator of works by Carlo Lucarelli and Giuseppe Pontiggia.
Published September 18, 2012 by Verso. 289 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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The Guardian

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Gomorrah, a blistering expose of the Neapolitan Mafia, the Camorra, by a young Italian reporter, Roberto Saviano, became a bestseller both in Italy and internationally when it was published four years ago.

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Publishers Weekly

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This book collects Italian journalist Saviano's writings from the years following his 2006 Gomorrah, a landmark expose of the Camorra mafia whose publication forced him into hiding and even periodically required him to live in police barracks.

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Over a year ago he praised Italy's hard-line, anti-immigrant home secretary - a member of the racist Northern League which attacks southerners - as the best interior minister Italy's ever had.

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