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Roberto Saviano, Scourge of the Mafia and Reader of I. B. Singer

To paraphrase Samuel Johnson, when a man knows he is to die shortly, “it concentrates his mind wonderfully.”

The young Italian Jewish journalist Roberto Saviano, under threat of imminent death from angered mafiosi after his 2006 “Gomorrah: A Personal Journey into the Violent International Empire of Naples’ Organized Crime System”, has decided to concentrate on Isaac Bashevis Singer.

Such, at least, is the conclusion to be drawn from “The Demon and Life,” a 2005 essay newly translated in Saviano’s “Beauty and the Inferno,” a collection of articles out in May from Maclehose Press.

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