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Albath, Maike

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Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | 01/02/2008

Maike Albath on Naples' trash mountains

After visiting Naples, Maike Albath wonders why the mountains of trash are still burning. She finds an answer in the books of Neapolitan novelist Domenico Starnone: 'In his books, the novelist, journalist and screenplay writer – born in 1943 in Naples, raised in Vomero but living for decades in Rome - describes how the city's original vitality turned into violence. The deep split in the city has a unique historical source: in 1799, the masses massacred the enlightened citizens among them, so as to preserve feudal ruling structures. 'Naples is both archaic and very modern.' Though the city was a leading European metropolis in the 18th century, it never produced a sustainable bourgeoisie, one that would have influenced the management and public life of the city, and invested money in it."

Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | 18/12/2006

The Camorra in Naples

Last spring Roberto Saviano's report on the mafia titled "Gomorra" caused a major stir. Francesco Durante, editor in chief of the Italian daily Corriere del Mezzogiorno explained to Maike Albath in Naples the differences between the Camorra and the Italian Cosa Nostra. "How do Camorristas behave? 'They're the opposite of the mafioso. Mafiosi often live very modestly, while Camorristas make a show of their wealth: they drive expensive cars and motorbikes and live in big villas. Moreover, Camorra bosses forge new alliances every couple of days, while the mafia has a strictly hierarchical structure.' Members of the Camorra seldom live beyond the age of forty... According to the affable editor, the death threats that forced Roberto Saviano to go into hiding two months ago are not typical of the Camorra. Usually journalists don't get a chance to write in the first place."

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