Germany academy offers platform for Saviano
Author of the best seller "Gomorrah" is to speak on organised crime at the Berlin Academy.
Berlin -- The Berlin Academy for the Arts plans to offer a speaking engagement to Roberto Saviano, the Italian author who is currently in hiding for fear of retribution by organized crime, an official said Wednesday.
Klaus Staeck, the academy president, said he had invited Saviano a year ago to speak on the Mafia at a seminar but the author had declined for fear of his safety. Staeck said he would try to invite him again.
Speaking on Berlin's Kulturradio station, Staeck said, "Solidarity with him is needed." He compared Saviano to the Indian born British novelist Salman Rushdie, who faced death threats after a religious condemnation in Iran.
Saviano, 28, wrote the best seller "Gomorrah" that describes the methods of the Camorra: a secret society in Naples, Italy notorious for violence and blackmail.