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Naples Sinks into Mafia Violence

The violence just won’t go away. Over a dozen people have been murdered in Naples since the end of October and many fear that a new mafia war is about to erupt. Memories of 2005 are still fresh. Writing too close to reality can be a dangerous game for a novelist. Only recently, 28-year-old Italian author Roberto Saviano was sitting on Piazza Dante in Naples talking about the symbiotic relationship between the city’s administration and the Camorra, or the Naples Mafia, and about how a culture of complicity and complacency in fighting crime was destroying his city. Saviano’s first novel, “Gomorra,” in which he tackles the subject of the city’s underground economy, is a bestseller in Italy. But Saviano himself has disappeared. Full Story

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