Okay bear with me for a minute because this gets a little complicated. Malavita was originally released in English as Badfellas, (a homage to the main characters love of the movie Goodfellas,) and is now being re-released under its original French name due to a movie version coming out, which is called The Family.
The author is Italian-French, and has a British translator which leads to a novel about Americans from New Jersey that doesn’t feel like an accurate portrayal. It feels more like a thoughtful look at a family long away from home with some small stereotypes thrown in. This is pleasant read but is not a typical gangster story.
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