The Sacco Gang

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Europa Editions, 2018 - Fiction - 139 pages

The award-winning author's "vivid historical novel based on the true story of the five Sacco brothers" who fought fascism and the mafia in 1920s Sicily (Publishers Weekly).

Sicily, 1920s. As socialists who run successful farms and businesses, the Sacco brothers are a prime target of the local Mafia's extortion racket. When their father receives an anonymous letter demanding protection money, he goes to the police. But what can they do with such a complaint? No one in the village has ever dared denounce the Mafia before.
From that moment on, the Sacco brothers must defend themselves as they face an escalating war against the Mafia, corrupt police, and fascist leaders who declare the Saccos a gang of bandits. Facing violent attacks and false accusations, they become fugitives who can trust no one in their battle for freedom.

"A twisted morality tale worthy of the wild west."--The Guardian

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User Review  - ValerieAndBooks - LibraryThing

Taking place in 1920s Fascist Italy, the Sacco family are Socialist-leaning and also believe in reporting crimes to the police, bypassing the Mafia. What ensues in this short novel is an “Italian ... Read full review

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The Wild, Wild West (of Sicily) Review of the English translation (2018) of the Italian language original "La banda Sacco" (2013) This was a very compelling historical fiction novella situated in the ... Read full review

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About the author (2018)

Andrea Camilleri is widely considered to be one of the greatest living Italian writers. His Montalbano crime series, each installment of which is a bestseller in Italy, is published in America by Penguin Random House. Several books in the series have been New York Times bestsellers. His literary honors include the Nino Martoglio International Book award. Born in Sicily, Camilleri currently lives in Rome. Stephen Sartarelli is a contemporary poet and prize-winning translator. He has written three books of poetry and translated over forty works of fiction and poetry, focusing on French and Italian.

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