Because of the threats and intimidations Saviano endured, the then-Minister of Interior, Giuliano Amato, decided to assign him police protection beginning on October 13, 2006. He wrote about the January 2010 riots between African immigrants and Italians in Rosarno, a town in Calabria. Not long after that, his father, a doctor taught him how to shoot a gun. In the fall of 2008, informant Carmine Schiavone, cousin of the imprisoned Casalesi clan boss Francesco Schiavone, revealed to the authorities that the clan had planned to eliminate Saviano and his police escort by Christmas on the motorway between Rome and Naples with a bomb; in the same period, Saviano announced his intention to leave Italy in order to stop having to live as a convict and reclaim his life. "I don't agree with the headline of that article," Pisani declared to the judges. – And then his voice could no longer be heard and he was completely buried. He repeated that "the facts of the news are available to all" and spoke about the "typical iconoclasm toward famous people who have constructed success and visibility based on their own hard work and studies." The first episode was a record for La7, with 12.65%, or 3,036,000, viewers, and was the third most-watched program of the evening. These were confirmed by police informants and reports that revealed attempts on Saviano's life by the Casalesi clan. The book landed Saviano on the bestseller list, selling more than 10 million copies worldwide, including 2.25 million in Italy alone. Check out these harrowing photographs of the Sicilian Mafia’s brutal effects on its community. Internationally, he collaborates in the United States with The Washington Post,[3] The New York Times,[4] and Time;[5] in Spain with El Pais;[6] in Germany with Die Zeit[7] and Der Spiegel;[8] in Sweden with Expressen;[9] and in the United Kingdom with The Times[10] and The Guardian. A year later, Saviano announced that the case would be going to trial. Indeed, the crime empire’s lethal tentacles seemed to stretch out to every corner of the world. Wrong. “Extortion that has left our region with no potential for development; kickbacks of 20 per cent on construction projects; illegal drug trafficking, which has created gangs of marginalised youth and unskilled workers at the beck and call of criminal organizations,” he preached. Roberto Saviano: The Italian Mafia’s Most Wanted Man. [54] In the appeal, the writer and Mondadori were ordered to jointly pay reparations for property and other damages of 60,000 Euros, plus a portion of legal costs. Signatures were collected on the website of the Italian newspaper La Repubblica.[25]. The head of police, Antonio Manganelli, replied by reaffirming the need for bodyguards. A police inspector of the Anti-Mafia Investigation Department (DIA) of Milan informed the DDA that the pentito, Carmine Schiavone (cousin of boss Francesco Schiavone, aka Sandokan), had informed him of a plan, already in operation, to kill the writer and his bodyguards before Christmas through a spectacular attack on the highway between Rome and Naples,[31] in the style of Capaci. Damn it, I'm only twenty-eight years old! Roberto Saviano was the first in Italy to take up the case of Enzo Palmesano, a journalist for Corriere di Caserta (today called Cronache di Caserta) who was fired by order of Camorra boss Vincenzo Lubrano. In 2011, after five years of being shuttled around by Italian police, Saviano moved to New York City, where he hoped to live a life even slightly closer to normal. Intervista a Mauro Curradi". It is a journey into the business and criminal world of the Camorra and of the places where the organization was born and lives:[26] the region of Campania, the city of Naples, the towns of Casal di Principe, San Cipriano d'Aversa, and the territory around Aversa known as the agro aversano. The appeal was signed by writers including Jonathan Franzen, Javier Marías, Jonathan Safran Foer, Jonathan Lethem, Martin Amis, Chuck Palahniuk, Nathan Englander, Ian McEwan, Hans Magnus Enzensberger, José Saramago, Elfriede Jelinek, Wislawa Szymborska, Betty Williams, Lech Wałęsa, Paul Auster, Siri Hustvedt, Peter Schneider, Colum McCann, Patrick McGrath, Cathleen Shine, Junot Diaz, Tahar Ben Jelloun, Taslima Nasreen, Caro Llewelyn, Ingrid Betancourt, Adam Michnik, and Claudio Magris. As soon as you die in the land of the Camorra, you're enshrouded in countless suspicions, and innocence is a distant hypothesis, the last one imaginable. [19] On December 10, 2009, in the presence of Nobel Prize winner Dario Fo, Saviano received the title of Honorary Member of the Academy of Fine Arts of Brera and the Second Level Academic Diploma Honoris Causa in Communication and Art Education, which is the highest degree given by the university. 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In 2011, after five years of being shuttled around by Italian police, Saviano moved to New York City, where he hoped to live a life even slightly closer to normal. Roberto Saviano speaking at the International Journalism Festival in Perugia, Italy, in 2011. In his speech, the writer spoke of his Jewish roots and declared that Israel is a "democracy under siege," Tel Aviv is "a hospitable city" "that never sleeps, is full of life and, above all, tolerance, a city that succeeds more than any other in welcoming the gay community" and that "the refugees of Darfur, for example, are welcomed in Israel. Saviano Inc. is a New York Domestic Business Corporation filed on December 4, 1985. The writer affirmed that during the 1883 earthquake of Casamicciola, in which he lost his parents and sister, Croce allegedly followed his dying father's advice and offered 100,000 lire (a very large sum for the time), to whoever helped him out from under the rubble. The attorney general for Reggio Calabria, Federico Cafiero de Raho, testified during the trial, stating that Saviano was a "mortal enemy of the clan" and recalling that Saviano was among the few journalists present at all 52 of the prosecutor's closing speeches for the Spartacus Trial. The decision to assign a security detail was obviously not up to us." The testimony taken up by Saviano during the show Vieni via con me ("Come away with me") in 2010, was denied by Herling in a letter published in the Corriere del Mezzogiorno and in two interviews given to TG1, during which she explicitly maintained that the writer invented the episode. Solidarity is light; it is survival. Pisani, therefore, explained that he did not say the words pronounced in the article since the Carabinieri (Italy's national military police) were the ones who had to make the decision concerning Saviano's security detail. On October 14, 2008, there was news of a possible assassination attempt on Saviano. In March 2006, Saviano's first book, Gomorrah: A Personal Journey into the Violent International Empire of Naples' Organized Crime System, was published as part of Mondadori's Strade Blu series. I silently repeat them, one by one, to myself.[34]. He recounted that his mother and sister were found among the rubble and passed away. The passage taken by del Balzo is the following: "And at Casamicciola the son of Comm. "[41], On May 19, 2014, Pisani, testifying during the trial of the Casalesi bosses and their lawyers, who had used an istanza di remissione to threaten Saviano and others in the courtroom, renounced the headline of the interview that he had given to the Corriere della Sera in 2009: Saviano should not have bodyguards. [42], In 2004, the internet site Carmilla Online collected signatures in support of the ex-terrorist member of PAC (Armed Proletarians for Communism), Cesare Battisti, who had become a writer and was then hiding in France and Brazil. My reader is what they don't want. Having grown up there, the author introduces the reader to a reality that is unknown to outsiders. I want to be surrounded by my friends, to be able to laugh, and to not have to talk about myself, always about myself as though I were terminally ill and they were struggling with a boring, yet inevitable, visit. The district attorneys Raffaele Cantone and Franco Roberti, both magistrates with years of experience on the front lines fighting against the clans, reiterated Saviano's dangerous situation. Wikimedia CommonsRoberto Saviano in 2007. “Not long after the book came out in 2006, someone left a leaflet in my mother’s postbox,” Saviano wrote in The Guardian in 2015. Fuck success. Meanwhile, Italian government officials have also made attempts to undermine Saviano’s reputation. Referring to the writer Arrigoni, he replied, "In response to the question of are you with the Palestinians or the Israelis, I may disappoint, but I will always respond how my friend David Grossman taught me: 'I am with peace.'"[49]. Croce was dug out alive. Roberto Saviano wrote about his findings and interactions with camorristas — members of the Camorra — in magazines and newspapers. But, in this moment, I don't see any reason why I should insist on living in this way, as a prisoner of myself, of my book, of my success. The young Croce had a fractured arm and leg. They also stated that the Italian government must protect Saviano's life and help him lead a normal life. It also landed him on the Mafia’s hit list. Saviano contributed an op-ed piece to the January 24, 2010 issue of the New York Times, entitled "Italy's African Heroes". The bosses, Francesco Bidognetti and Antonio Iovine, and their attorneys, Michele Santonastaso and Carmine D'Aniello, were charged with intimidation of Saviano and Capacchione. [51] The Appeals Court of Naples recognized that some pages of Gomorrah (0.6% of the entire book) were the results of an illicit reproduction of some lines from two articles from local daily papers, Cronache di Napoli and Corriere di Caserta. (Acquittal due to insufficient proof was requested for the other boss, Antonio Iovine). and invited residents to rebel. "La parola contro la camorra". I believe I have the right to a break. Over the years, I have thought that giving in to the temptation to retreat was neither a very good idea nor, above all, an intelligent one. The program Fahrenheit on Italy's Rai Radio 3 organized a marathon reading of Gomorrah in which celebrities from the world of culture, news, theater, and civil society participated. Gangsters once even beat up Saviano’s father for treating a dying Mafia victim. In the land of the Camorra, the theory of modern rights is turned on its head. Find Frank Saviano's phone number, address, and email on Spokeo, the leading people search directory for contact information and public records. I want to fall in love, to drink a beer in public, to go to a bookstore and to choose a book by reading the cover. "Ferdinando Tartaglia, Fenomenologia di un'eresia anarchica". Italian authorities made him a special map that marked stores and restaurants owned by Italian immigrants thought to have connections to the mob. [30] Following this, the Minister of the Interior decided to strengthen security measures for the writer, increasing his police escort from three to five men. His mother, father, and brother all had to assume new identities and move homes. Schiavone denied knowing anything about the attack but confirmed that Saviano was condemned to death by the Casalese clan.[32]. The Italian journalist rose to fame in 2006 when, at just 26 years old, he published his book Gomorrah, which exposed the crimes of the notorious Camorra criminal organization based in Naples, Italy. In addition to the signatures of the six prominent figures, normal citizens were able to sign the appeal on a special page created by the newspaper La Repubblica. Saviano suggests that the rioting was more of a response to the migrants' exploitation by the 'Ndrangheta, or Calabrian mafia, than to the hostility of Italians.
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