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Gomorrah and Camorra


Gomorrah and CamorraMuch has been written on the Camorra, and Roberto Saviano doesn’t make any especially groundbreaking revelations in his novel, so why its amazing success? Maybe because the young author always comes after the fact and knows how to negotiate subtly between the ebb and flow of the drama. It’s a thoughtful attitude that helps him develop concepts and ideas which offer a sophisticated critique of the ‘system.’ But most of all, by restoring the truth, he answers both a need for understanding that is born of the mass media’s constant urgency and a purely literary imperative: “we no longer need the words of journalists, but literary words, words that enter the injuries of reason. Reason is a wound; to enter it is a duty.”