The Honoured Society: My Journey to the Heart of the Mafia

Author(s): Petra Reski

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Vividly and beautifully told, often deeply shocking, The Honoured Society is the true story of one woman's personal journey to the dark heart of the Mafia. In 1979, having been fascinated by Coppola's masterpiece The Godfather, twenty-year-old Petra Reski jumped into her car and drove from her home in Germany to the Mafia-stronghold of Sicily; she wanted to see for herself the stark truth behind the glamorous fiction. In 2007, six Mafioso were shot dead outside a pizzeria in the North German town of Duisburg; in thirty years, the influence and violence of organised crime had only grown, but now Reski would be called to report on the scene as one of the world's foremost Mafia experts. In The Honoured Society, Petra Reski exposes just how far Italy's mafias permeate everyday life across Europe. Through her firsthand accounts of meeting crooked priests and heroic victims, wet-eyed wives and murderous husbands, she also tells the human stories and, too often, the human costs, of the Mafia's ongoing bloody war.

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"Journalist Reski personalizes her longtime coverage of the Italian Mafia in this short recent history of the organization.... [E]ngrossing." "Irish Times" "Reski's book, written in an informal, first-person style rather than in academic mode, ... takes readers on a journey through just about all the horror stories that Mafia crime has generated in Italy in the last 30 years." "Financial Times " "A depressing tale of the mafia grip on society.... Reski's reportage colourfully brings to life the sights, smells and sounds of Sicily, highlighting the robustly supportive role given to mafia murderers by their womenfolk.... compelling." "Publishers Weekly"" Intriguing.... Reski continually stresses the Mafia organizations' insidious nature in Italy and abroad as she visits town after town where the mob controls everything from politics to the church.... [H]er expertise is never in doubt." Julia Jenkins, librarian and blogger at pagesofjulia, for "Shelf Awareness for Readers" " Reski's sketches of these 'bad guys' and their adversaries are intimate and contemplative, rooted in years of experience. Even while excoriating the actions and influence of the Mafia, she seems to feel respect, even affection, toward certain individuals, revealing a conflicted relationship much like the one she describes between the Italian public and its famous criminal organization.... A quiet poetry lurks in certain turns of phrase and carefully crafted images. "The Honored Society" is an unusually structured view into the strange and powerful world of the Italian Mafia."

Petra Reski was born in Kamen, German in 1958. Having lived in Italy since 1989, she is a widely respected journalist known for her investigative pieces about the Mafia.

General Fields

  • : 9781848871366
  • : Atlantic Books
  • : Atlantic Books
  • : 0.5
  • : February 2013
  • : 198mm X 129mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : May 2013
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Petra Reski
  • : Paperback
  • : 1
  • : English
  • : 364.1092245
  • : 304