English PEN, at the PEN/PINTER Prize Ceremony in London earlier this week recognised Roberto Saviano as a writer of courage.

Roberto Saviano. March 2010

“An Italian author who has been in hiding since writing an expose about the Naples mafia has won the Pen/Pinter International writer of courage award.

Roberto Saviano’s 2006 book Gomorrah explores the vast reach and corruption of the Camorra.

Mr Saviano, 32, has lived under constant police protection since death threats were issued against him by the mafia in 2006.

He is sharing the prize with British playwright Sir David Hare.

The Pen/Pinter Prize was established by the writers’ charity Pen in 2009 in memory of British playwright Harold Pinter.”

Read the full article on BBC News at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-15250739

Further Coverage at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2011/oct/12/roberto-saviano-pen-pinter-award?newsfeed=true