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Savage Kiss

A Novel

Roberto Saviano; Translated from the Italian by Antony Shugaar


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ISBN10: 1250800137
ISBN13: 9781250800138

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400 Pages



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Nicolas Fiorillo and his gang of children—his paranza—control the squares of Forcella after their rapid rise to power. But it isn't easy being at the top.

Now that the Piranhas have power in the city, Nicolas must undermine the old families of the Camorra and remain united among themselves. Every paranzino has his own vendettas and dreams to pursue—dreams that might go beyond the laws of the gang. A new war may be about to break out in this city of cutthroat bargaining, ruthless betrayal, and brutal revenge. Saviano continues the story of the disillusioned boys of Forcella, the paranzini ready to give and receive kisses that leave a taste of blood.

Saviano’s Gomorrah was a worldwide sensation, and The Piranhas, called “raw and shocking” by The New York Times Book Review, captured readers with its tale of raw criminal ambition, told with “openhearted rashness” (Elena Ferrante). Savage Kiss, which again draws on the skills of translator Antony Shugaar, is the latest thrilling installment from the brilliant Italian novelist.


Praise for Savage Kiss

"There’s not an ounce of Mario Puzo’s romanticism in this grimly riveting tale of crime and punishment."—Kirkus Reviews


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“He’s born!”

“What do you mean, he’s born?!”

“That’s right, he’s born.”

On the other end of the line, silence, nothing but breathing crackling over the microphone. Then: “Wait,...

About the author

Roberto Saviano; Translated from the Italian by Antony Shugaar

Roberto Saviano was born in 1979 and studied philosophy at the University of Naples. His novel The Piranhas earned widespread acclaim and was adapted as a major motion picture. 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.

Antony Shugaar is a writer and translator. He is the author of Coast to Coast and I Lie for a Living and the coauthor, with the late Gianni Guadalupi, of Discovering America and Latitude Zero. He also translated Roberto Saviano’s The Piranhas.

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