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In Septembera year-old author named Roberto Saviano headed home with a huge, irrepressible grin. He had just bought a red Ducati Monster with the proceeds from his novel Gomorrah. It was a reflection that proved to be right. He never picked up the motorbike from the dealer because it was the last time he would be out alone. Along with international acclaim and financial reward, Gomorrah also brought a chilling death threat from the Neapolitan Mafia bosses it exposed.
It has been 11 years since Saviano received the first threat — 11 years since the characters in his book began weaving themselves into the fabric of his life. As he readily admits, his reclusive existence lends a morbid fascination to his books and his screenwriting.
Plagued with fear, anxiety and regret, Saviano leads a cloak-and-dagger existence. This interview, for example, was meant to take place in a Bologna hotel. Inside one sits a man in a blue cap and sports jacket with a beard and something of a unibrow, which the Mafia like to make fun of in court.
He holds out his hand to introduce himself, as if it were not obvious: Eleven years older than the talented young journalist who rode his Vespa from crime scene to crime scene in Naples, reporting on the violence of the Neapolitan Mafia otherwise known as the Camorra, this other Saviano spends most of his time either in the US or on the international conference circuit. He also gets his message across on TV and radio, sometimes triggering the kind of controversy that threatens to rob him of his state-financed security.
Gomorrah (book) – Wikipedia
He has become a global phenomenon whose stories have won the admiration of Martin Scorsese and Salman Rushdie. His narrative skills are matched only by his ability to sell his gomorrrah. As a TV series based on the book, Gomorrah has been a runaway success and is about to start its third season.
It is a format Saviano enjoys, and he aims to write and produce another one about Muammar Gaddafi. The combination of talent and confinement have made him prolific, and his writing is now translated into 30 languages. His latest book La paranza dei bambini or The child gang explores juvenile delinquency in Naples and engglish shifts among the clans.
The Camorra is currently a wounded beast, splintered and undisciplined, killing randomly. Of course, there is already a movie in the pipeline and, who knows, maybe a TV series too. The first scene, which depicts one of the characters being humiliated, was described to me by a policeman. But at the same time I have a lot more access to court records.
Do you worry you have created a world that might become a reference point for criminals? The Camorra mobsters consciously use the same words as my characters.
He gave a copy of the movie to aaviano architect so he could see what to do. The strange thing is they have now opened an anti-slander office in Naples which files complaints against people who they consider to have insulted the city.
What I do is to describe a problem with a view to it being solved. But I do recognize that I portray the criminal world in such a way that they search for an identity there. The problem is that sometimes I read things like: These things were already happening. But an avalanche of criticism came my way, even though my books are read by many Mafia bosses, like Michele Zagaria who had a copy of Gomorrah.
They all watch the series. Yes, but I always try to explode the mafia myth. I depict the lifestyle and business dealings in detail… I think The Godfather was a classic, but you never actually see how Michael Corleone makes his money.
I have tried to show the machinations to avoid elevating it to mythical status. That was a conscious decision, and something I also did in the film. In the series, for example, when you start to like Immortal because he seems like a likeable sort of villain, he tortures a little girl.
They marched against me! But when the drug-trafficking sons of the Saivano Lauro clan went back there after being released from jail, there was no demonstration. They only demonstrated against me. Yes, mainly for the trials. Part of enhlish city is very hostile towards me.
There are people who spit on me. They think the money earned by an honest person from their writing is a problem, but not what the criminals have been doing all these years. Recently, I realized that some people thought of me as an unfriendly, sad person — someone only interested in reporting on the Camorra. The hardest thing has been dealing with this image.
I start thinking everyone wants to hurt and insult me… I have 2. You could ask me: If I continue to be in the spotlight, it will be very difficult.
Roberto Saviano: “Criminals model themselves after my characters”
It happened to Judge Falcone: I am trying to learn from that. I just analyze it in my narrative. In the end, I turned to gomorrqh to avoid having to justify myself anymore. You have started to focus a lot on children — with this recent novel, talks in schools and campaigns against bullying.
The idea makes me anxious. My mother had a heart attack and I felt I was to blame. For 10 years I have made her move around so many times but without the benefits I have had: The same with my brother, whom I love like crazy.
He says he supports me, but I know he is tired of putting up with things as they are. He is too proud to do that. But my mother says more, partly because I have ruined her life. When I say something, they are asked to comment on it.
E-mails, texts… How do you cope with the idea that people you approach have to share your fate? If I make a stand, the mud gets sprayed everywhere. I had achieved what I wanted. Gomoorrah I was threatened, everything got bigger.
But I already had a second contract and I was buying a motorbike… If I could go back in time, I would return to that September. I challenged them because I felt invincible. I was leading a real intellectual life, not this shitty rootless clandestine existence. I also feel enormously guilty for ruining the lives of eng,ish I really love. But I was 26, I was very young and I thought nothing would ever happen to me. My choices have determined the lives of those around me.
My brother lived a quiet life before all this… [the whole family englisu to the north of Italy]. I have two recurring dreams.
The further away I get, the more I write about it. Distance makes the heart grow fonder and also increases the capacity for thought and analysis. Getting away from it is a way of staying there.
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