When internationally acclaimed author Roberto Saviano heard the mafia wanted him dead by Christmas, he was forced to make the toughest decision of his life: leave his native homeland. The 29-year-old author of the bestselling exposé chronicling the daily affairs of the Neapolitan mob, the Camorra, has already been paying a high price for the book's international successes. Saviano has been in hiding and under police protection since 2006, when his book, Gomorrah, was first published in Italy.
Saviano knew he would become a target of the mafia's fury. However, he never imagined that he would have to leave Italy, his life and his loved ones, until a mafia informant tipped off the police. Although the informant subsequently retracted his confession, Saviano decided to leave Italy ‘for a period of time'. ‘I would like to be with my friends, to be able to laugh, and stop talking about myself as if I were terminally ill', the author told La Repubblica in an interview.