"Gomorrah"     Print

"Gomorrah" by Roberto Saviano takes readers into the bowels of the Camorra, a new mafia clan centered on Naples, not Sicily, and on waste-management and other corrupt business, not drugs. This hallucinatory insider account comes from an author who is now hiding under police protection. He documents that "respectable" Europe -- from industrious northern Italy to Scotland's prospering Aberdeen -- depends heavily on these Neapolitan bosses to dispose of waste cheaply by burying it in the soil of the area they control -- and now by exporting the toxins to China.   The clans have made the south of Italy the dumping ground for the rich, industrialized north.  Recommended by European Affairs.