I Am The Market | Granta

  • Published: 05/08/2010
  • ISBN: 9781847081544
  • 135x20mm
  • 224 pages

I Am The Market

Luca Rastello

Translated by Jonathan Hunt

This is the cocaine trade.

This is how it’s done: with hard work and a good system. With coca made into cubes, dissolved in liquid, hidden in marble blocks or inside electric cable. With willing mules swallowing drugs in ovules (they’ll be arrested – this is part of the system). With shipments measured in tons. With money in cash, always. And these are the risks: police dogs, scanners, customs, infiltrators …

And if you do it right, it will make you rich. And if you don’t, you’ll spend your life in jail.

A bestseller in Italy, this is the first-hand guide to living well on the wrong side of the law. Luca Rastello gets the story of the market straight from a convicted smuggler: the true, unbelievable story of an illegal trade that supports economies and destroys lives, and of the war on drugs that makes it all possible.

Conversational, confidential, convincing, upfront and down dirty

Iain Finlayson, The Times

Dark, interesting stuff ... a compelling attempt to tell an old story in a new way

Russ Thorne, Leeds Guide

A detailed account of the world-wide cocaine smuggling trade by an Italian journalist who's spent years researching the topic ... It paints a shocking picture of corruption, criminal activity and downright nastiness that will leave the reader wide-eyed at the scale of the industry and the lengths people will go to

Doug Johnstone, Big Issue, Big Issue in Scotland

The Author

Luca Rastello is a journalist at the Italian newspaper La Repubblica and director of osservatoriobalcani.org, a think-tank and website that specializes in the criminal economy and international relations.

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The Translator

Jonathan Hunt’s recent translations include Niccolò Ammaniti’s I’m Not Scared, Steal You Away and The Crossroads and Nicolai Lilin’s Siberian Education.

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