Sacco and Vanzetti Must Die!

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Dalkey Archive Press, 2006 - Fiction - 353 pages
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The Nic Sacco and Bart Vanzetti of Sacco and Vanzetti Must Die! are not exactly the infamous anarchists controversially sentenced to death by the United States government. Instead, in this hilarious first novel, they are silent film stars, slapstick comedians -- and this is the story of their rise to fame, from a seedy New York vaudeville club (where they introduce their famous knife-throwing gag) to huge movies and USO tours (where they open, with disastrous results, for Bob Hope). We see them deliberating about who -- one will be fat, the other skinny; one will be contemplative, the other impulsive -- they should be. But slowly -- as slapstick becomes a stand-in for anarchic freedom, as the characters grow out of their on-screen roles, and as their careers decline amidst controversy -- the fictional Sacco and Vanzetti begin to merge with their namesakes.

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This book opens with a few pages about the historic Sacco and Vanzetti, and brief passages about them and their trial are interspersed throughout, but the primary focus is a fictitious comedy team ... Read full review

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At times I was totally lost reading this, but then again I could not put it down. I hope to see more from Mark Binelli. Read full review


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Sacco and Vanzetti Dessert the Cause
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Mark Binelli is the author of the novel Sacco and Vanzetti Must Die! and a contributing editor at Rolling Stone and Men's Journal. Born and raised in the Detroit area, he now lives in New York City.

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