Zerozerozero: Look at Cocaine and All You See Is Powder. Look Through Cocaine and You See the World. by Roberto Saviano (Hardback, 2015)
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- DescriptionFrom the author of the #1 international bestseller Gomorrah comes anelectrifying investigation of the international cocaine trade, as viciousas it is powerful, and its hidden role in the global ecomy In many countries, 000 flour is the finest on the market. It is hard to find, but it is soft, light, almost impalpable like the purest, highest qualitygrade of cocaine. ZeroZeroZero is also the title of RobertoSavia s unforgettable, internationally bestsellingexploration of the inner workings of the globalcocaine trade its rules and armies, and the truedepth of its reach into the world ecomy and, byextension, its grasp on us all. Gomorrah, Savia s explosive account of theNeapolitan mob, the Camorra, was a worldwidepublishing sensation. It struck such a nerve withthe Camorra that Savia has had to live undertwenty-four-hour police protection for morethan eight years. During this time he has cometo kw law enforcement agencies and officialsaround the world. With their cooperation, Saviahas broadened his perspective to take in the entireglobal corporate entity that is the drug trade andthe complex money-laundering operations thatallow it to function, often with the complicity ofthe world s biggest banks. The result is a truly harrowing andgroundbreaking synthesis of intimate literarynarrative and geopolitical analysis of one of themost powerful dark forces in our ecomy.Savia tracks the shift in the cocaine trade s axis ofpower, from Colombia to Mexico, and relates howthe Latin American cartels and gangs have forgedalliances, first with the Italian crime syndicates, then with the Russians, Africans, and others. Onthe one hand, he charts a remarkable increase insophistication as these criminal entities diversifyinto many other products and markets. On theother, he reveals the astonishing increase in theseverity of violence as they have fought to protectand extend their power.Savia is a writer and journalist of rarecourage and a thinker of impressive intellectualdepth, able to see the connections between farflungphemena and bind them into a singleepic story. Most drug-war narratives feel safelyremoved from our own lives; Savia's offers such comfort. As heart racing as it is heady, ZeroZeroZero is a fusion of disparate genres intoa brilliant new form that can rightly be called Saviaesque.
- Author BiographyRoberto Savianowas born in Naples in 1979. He is the author of Gomorrah: A Personal Journey into the Violent International Empire of Naples s Organized Crime System and has lived under police protection since its publication in 2006. His writing appears in The Washington Post, The New York Times, Der Spiegel, Die Zeit, and The Times (London). Virginia Jewiss received her PhD in Italian literature from Yale University, where she is a lecturer in the humanities. Her translations include Melania Mazzucco's novels Vita and Limbo and screenplays by Paolo Sorrentino, Matteo Garrone, and Gabriele Salvatores. Jewiss's translation of Roberto Saviano's Gomorrah was published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux in 2007.
- Author(s)Roberto Saviano
- PublisherPenguin Press
- Date of Publication14/07/2015
- SubjectTrue Crime
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintPenguin Press
- Weight680 g
- Width152 mm
- Height236 mm
- Spine38 mm
- Translated byVirginia Jewiss
- Format DetailsSewn,Cloth over boards
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