Beauty and the Inferno
Author: Roberto Saviano
Translator: Oonagh Stransky
Original language: Italian
Published by: MacLehose Press, 2011
Formidably courageous investigative journalist Roberto Saviano is best known for his work on the Italian mafia, but Beauty and the Inferno, winner of the European Book Award 2010, also tackles universal themes with great insight and humanity, with urgency, and often with anger.
This important collection includes essays across a remarkably wide field of interests, celebrating personal heroes as diverse as Frank Miller and Lionel Messi, Salman Rushdie and Anna Politkovskaya.
However as with the bestselling Gomorrah, his fearless and unflinching condemnation of the mafia takes centre stage. Implicit in Saviano’s tributes to writers, musicians, sportsmen and journalists is the message that there is an alternative to living in corruption and fear.
Beauty and the Inferno is a searing polemic that encompasses Saviano’s vision of life and of art, of the good to be found in humanity and the evil inherent in power. His commitment to truth resonates from every page.
‘A sad book in many ways because it illustrates the price that can be paid for courageous writing’