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The Piranhas
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Roberto Saviano Antony Shugaar
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The Piranhas

Roberto Saviano Antony Shugaar



Fiction & Literature;
Crime & mystery;
Fiction in translation


368 pages

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In Naples, a new kind of gang rules the streets: the 'Paranze', the 'Children's Gangs', groups of teenage boys who divide their time between Facebook or playing Call of Duty on their PlayStations and patrolling the streets armed with pistols and AK-47s, terrorizing local residents in order to mark out the territories of their Mafia bosses.

Roberto Saviano's eye-opening novel The Piranhas tells the story of the rise of one such gang and its leader, Nicolas - known to his friends and enemies as the 'Maharajah'. But Nicolas's ambitions reach far beyond doing other men's bidding: he wants to be the one giving orders, calling the shots, and ruling the city. But the violence he is accustomed to wielding and witnessing soon spirals out of his control . . .

By:   Roberto Saviano
Translated by:   Antony Shugaar
Imprint:   Picador
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 233mm,  Width: 153mm,  Spine: 28mm
Weight:   483g
ISBN:   9781509879229
ISBN 10:   1509879226
Pages:   368
Publication Date:   September 2018
Recommended Age:   From 18 years
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Roberto Saviano was born in 1979 in Naples, where he grew up and still lives. He is a regular contributor to L'Espresso and many other Italian newspapers and magazines. His first book, Gomorrah, was a massive bestseller, both in Italy where it has sold over 1 million copies, and around the world. It was also the basis of an equally successful film. Since its publication, Saviano has been living in hiding and under police protection.

No matter what Saviano is saying or denouncing, he is, above all, telling a story. This is his natural genius. The Piranhas once again demonstrates this eloquently. * La Repubblica * Dramatic, musical, poetic * El Mundo * A shocking and thrilling book * De Morgen * With the open-hearted rashness that belongs to every true writer, Saviano returns to tell the story of the fierce and grieving heart of Naples. -- Elena Ferrante

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