Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
A recent video interview with Saviano:

Camorra is a European problem.

Must say I'm feeling kinda-worried about him even apart from the death-threat danger - I've seen him on TV various times, he was looking great around the time the film-version of Gomorra came out but since then he's changed enormously, a black pall seems to have fallen over him: he's lost a lot of weight but not in a "healthy" way - now looking so very thin jagged hunched tense haggard, skin pallid and darkened at the same time with a dull verdigris patina to it like a tarnished coin. In the most recent glimpses on TV he looked sickly and frail surrounded by all those hulking cops and bodyguards - reminded me of an Ecce Homo taken down from the cross.

The loneliness, the cut-offness, the bitterness of all those closed doors and turned backs, his rejection by his "own townspeople" must be taking its toll - those are the very people he'd so passionately wanted to save!  

So I hope all our signatures can give him at least a momentary psychological boost, a moment of human warmth? In this "paese di merda" - land of squallid compromise crowded pizzerias splendid skies elastic consciences mutual-backscratching endless backbiting overwhelming monuments mindless TV gorgeous clothes and instinctive hurry-along-mind-your-own-business eye-aversion reflexes whenever there's a whiff of deadliness in the air - Saviano's our standard-bearer, our last-residual-hope-and-pride: he represents what we-collectively aren't but know we potentially could be - if we still had enough guts lucidity pride passion and belief in ourselves to at least envisage the possibility of building ourselves a future less ignominious than our present... :-(

"Ignoring moralities is always undesirable, but doing so systematically is really worrisome." Mohammed Khatami

by eternalcityblues (parvati_roma aaaat libero.it) on Mon Oct 20th, 2008 at 07:27:41 PM EST
His hands are incredibly eloquent, as are his words.

Capitalism searches out the darkest corners of human potential, and mainlines them.
by geezer in Paris (risico at wanadoo(flypoop)fr) on Tue Oct 21st, 2008 at 03:35:25 AM EST
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Thank you, eternalcityblues, and nice to see you here!

Thank you, de Gondi.

Our knowledge has surpassed our wisdom. -Charu Saxena.

by metavision on Tue Oct 21st, 2008 at 12:19:13 PM EST
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