The Night They Burned Sacco and Vanzetti
A Novel by Dick Alexander
The Night They Burned Sacco and Vanzetti, or, The Fictional Life of Pietro Di Donato: comprises a complex, digressive pastiche of two and three generations, culminating in the pivotal year of 1969. Alexander’s novel is an insider’s chronicle of the almost parapsychic inception and writing of Pietro Di Donato’s last great work: The American Gospels – the book the author intended as not only his last message, but indeed his final revenge on society.
In the early ’70s, Dick Alexander was the local kid on Strong’s Neck who Di Donato paid weekly to mow his lawn. Years later, after following in the footsteps of his author neighbor and mentor, the writer Alexander reveals a Di Donato hereunto never seen – his trick is the vehicle he utilizes: ‘the telling of the writing of,’ the famous author’s insanely impassioned final novel, possibly the most brilliant train wreck in all of contemporary literature.