Tuesday, January 15, 2008


This week's Economist reports on Saviano's Gomorrah, which has been translated and published in English by Farrar, Straus & Giroux. You can read the first chapter here. I really enjoyed reading it because of both the factual details in it and the its impressive narrative style. Each page is full of language discoveries, and keeps you wanting for more. For instances, the female mobsters are called the "submarines" because of their invisibility. Moreover, the male mobsters, who enjoy a life of power, fame and likely and desirable death are called the "samurai of liberalism." A very enjoyable and instructive reading that I recommend to all readers interested in going beyond the surface of Italian society--the "underworld", as the NY Times refers to.

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