Sacco And Vanzetti Must Die! by Mark Binelli

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This is an astonishing first novel from an unhinged comic genius. The Nic Sacco and Bart Vanzetti of "Sacco and Vanzetti Must Die!" are not the infamous anarchists controversially sentenced to death by the United States government for an act of terrorism they may or may not have committed, but a pair of silent film stars and slapstick comedians. At least, at the start of "Sacco and Vanzetti Must Die!" they are not the infamous anarchists...The thing about "Sacco and Vanzetti Must Die!" is that it defies conventional description. Part comic novel; part satire; part Pynchonesque slurring of synchronous narratives into historical allegory; and part political commentary, it is wholly brilliant, utterly bonkers and unreservedly, unabashedly one of the best debut novels written in the last 20 years. Laurel and Hardy-esque Ioons Nic Sacco and Bart Vanzetti rise to fame from a seedy New York vaudeville club via their famous knife-throwing gag, landing precipitately in the bigtime - movies, international tours, disastrous openings for Bob Hope - all the while indulging in a sprawling, multilayered dialogue about who, how and where they should be. One will be fat; the other skinny. One is contemplative and the other is impulsive. Both will be completely hilarious and, as their fictive selves merge with their legendary namesakes and time, history and parable collapse on their unhinged heads, the unforgettable centres of this genre-defying comic howitzer.

About Mark Binelli

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Mark Binelli is the author of the novel Sacco and Vanzetti Must Die! and a contributing editor at Rolling Stone. Born and raised in the Detroit area, he now lives in New York City.
Published January 1, 2006 by Unknown. 353 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The reader first meets Nic Sacco ("Fatty") and Bart Vanzetti ("Skinny") as comic actors à la Laurel and Hardy in Sacco and Vanzetti Dessert the Cause , a film that mixes classic gags with a bitter rivalry.

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Entertainment Weekly

Edna St. Vincent Millay, Upton Sinclair, Woody Guthrie, Kurt Vonnegut, and Rage Against the Machine have all paid tribute to Nic Sacco and Bart Vanzetti, the Italian-born anarchists notoriously executed on a murder rap in 1927.

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San Francisco Chronicle

Mark Binelli's first novel, "Sacco and Vanzetti Must Die!," starts with biographical notes of the real-life anarchist duo, Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti.

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