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Gomorrah author Roberto Saviano to flee Italy after mob threats

Roberto Saviano’s book, Gomorrah : Italy’s Other Mafia, has sold over one million copies in Italy alone and now the author is fleeing the country after repeated death threats.

“I want a life. I want a home. I want to fall in love. I want to [be able to] drink a beer in public, go to a bookshop and choose a book after browsing the back cover,” Saviano said. “I want to go for a walk, enjoy the sun, walk in the rain and see my mother without fear – and without frightening her. I’m only 28 years old for fuck’s sake.”

Saviano said he was under round-the-clock protection by a team of seven paramilitary carabinieri. He spent his time in carabinieri barracks, “here today, 200 kilometres away tomorrow – moved around like a package without knowing what’s up or what could be up”.

His life had become not unlike that of the imprisoned boss of the Casalesi, Francesco Schiavone. “He deserved it,” said Saviano. “But what has been my crime?”

From The Guardian

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