By Roberto Saviano
An important bestseller in Italy, it is a heroic younger man's impassioned account of the decline of Naples less than the guideline of the Camorra, an prepared crime community with a wide overseas succeed in and stakes in building, haute couture, illicit medicines, and toxic-waste disposal. recognized by way of insiders as ''the System,'' the Camorra impacts towns and villages alongside the Neapolitan coast, and is the figuring out think about why Campania, for example, has the top homicide expense in all of Europe and why melanoma degrees there have skyrocketed in recent times. writer Saviano, who observed his first homicide at age 14, labored lower than conceal to enquire the Camorra's regulate of chinese language factories shriveled to fabricate model items, legally and illegally, for distribution around the globe, and relates how the abusive dealing with of poisonous waste is inflicting devastating toxins not just for Naples but additionally China and Somalia.--From writer description. Read more...
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He didn’t try to respond, didn’t even look her in the face. ” But not everyone is underground here. Not everyone has ended up in the quagmire of defeat. At least not yet. Some successful factories are still strong enough to compete with the Chinese because they work for big designer names. By delivering speed and quality—extremely high quality—they still hold the monopoly on beauty for top-level garments. “Made in Italy” is made here. Caivano, Sant’ Antimo, Arzano, and all across Las Vegas, Campania.
The kids got all riled up. Four men carried the casket out of the church, but all of a sudden it lifted off their shoulders and floated above the crowd, swaying on a sea of hands, like a rock star who catapults from the stage into his fans. A bunch of motorcyclists pulled up around the hearse waiting to take Manù to the cemetery. They revved their engines and clamped down on the brakes: a chorus of burnouts for Emanuele’s last race. Their tires squealing and mufflers howling, it was as if they wanted to escort him all the way to the hereafter.
Many absconded. One place in particular has been threatened by the disappearance of these midrange industries: Parco Verde in Caivano. Its breath cut short, its growth stunted, it has become the emblem of the outer edge of urban sprawl. Here the lights are always on, the houses full of people, the courtyards crowded, the cars parked. No one leaves. Some people arrive, but few stay. There’s never a moment when the apartment houses are empty, never that sense of stillness after everyone has gone off to work or school in the morning.