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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


352 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: 197mm,  Width: 130mm,  Spine: 22mm
Weight:   269g
ISBN:   9781509879236
ISBN 10:   1509879234
Pages:   352
Publication Date:   April 2019
Recommended Age:   From 18 years
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Roberto Saviano was born in 1979 and studied philosophy at the University of Naples. Gomorrah, his first book, has won many awards, including the prestigious 2006 Viareggio Literary Award, and was adapted into a play, a film, and a television series.

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 * A shocking and thrilling book * De Morgen * Dramatic, musical, poetic * El Mundo * The Piranhas is a tragic story, desperate and devastating [...] Saviano both shocks and mesmerises as this tragic tale unfolds. It's a heart breaking tale and a salutary lesson. * Nudge-book magazine * A frightening but thrilling novel, alternatively poetic and brutal. * The Herald * This is an Italy everyone should see . . . Readers will be rewarded. * Literary Review * The children of Gomorrah . . . in Mr Saviano's Naples, not even the playgrounds are safe. * The Economist * A kind of Instagram-era Godfather, pungent with trashtalking and squalid detail. * Metro * Very impressive . . . I admire Roberto [Saviano] a lot. -- Leila Slimani Thriller of the Month . . . Saviano's characterisation, dialogue and set-pieces are first-rate, but what sets the book apart (as with Gomorrah) is his quasi-anthropological portrayal of a micro-society, with a mix of influences that ranges from Call of Duty, porn and mafia movies to Catholic ritual. * Sunday Times * 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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