Beauty & The Inferno: Book of the Week

Yes, this wonderful and wonderfully wide-ranging collection of articles, essays and criticism from the author of the internationally bestselling Gomorrah will be read on BBC Radio Four every morning next week. Tune in from 9.45 to 10.00 pm Monday to Friday: Italian journalist Roberto Saviano describes the affects of writing his successful Mafia expose Gomorrah on his life and work. In this episode, he is given a rare release from …

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Gillian Slovo On Roberto Saviano

Many thanks to @seanjcostello for tweeting this Guardian article from last week that we had missed. Gillian Slovo attended last Monday’s PEN/Pinter Prize ceremony and here writes movingly about the sacrifices Roberto Saviano has been forced to make for his writing and about the speech given by his L’Espresso colleague Annalisa Piras on his behalf. Earlier his week, I sat in the British Library auditorium among the large audience that had come to …

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Saviano Awarded PEN/Pinter Prize

Roberto Saviano, author of Gomorrah, and Beauty and the Inferno, has been awarded the third annual PEN/Pinter Prize, to be shared with Sir David Hare. The award is shared each year by a British writer and a writer from abroad who has been persecuted for sharing their words. At the award ceremony at the British Library on Monday night, which Saviano was unable to attend due to security concerns, Sir …

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Saviano Reception and Update

Last night at the Free Word Centre, in association with English PEN, we held a reception to celebrate the launch of Beauty and the Inferno, collected essays by Roberto Saviano, the author of the bestselling Gomorrah. Sadly, Saviano was not able to attend his own launch, as the logistics of providing him with the round the clock security he Is own. Product small work is! Sheek roller levitra vs cialis …

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Preview: Beauty and the Inferno

Roberto Saviano is best known for his work on the Italian mafia, but Beauty and the Inferno also tackles universal themes with great insight and humanity, with urgency, and often with anger. This important collection includes essays on the legacy of the earthquake at L’Aquila, a town at risk of becoming overrun by mafia; on boxing as an escape route; on the life of the legendary South African jazz singer, …

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