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By Oscar Zeta Acosta

Earlier than his mysterious disappearance and possible dying in 1971, Oscar Zeta Acosta was once recognized as a Robin Hood Chicano layer and infamous because the real-life version for Hunter S. Thompson's "Dr. Gonzo," a fats, pugnacious legal professional with a gargantuan urge for food for meals, medicinal drugs, and lifestyles at the edge.

Written with uninhibited candor and manic strength, this publication is Acosta's personal account of coming of age as a Chicano within the psychedelic sixties, of taking over very unlikely situations whereas breaking all tile ideas of court docket behavior, and of scrambling headlong looking for a private and cultural identification. it's a landmark of up to date Hispanic-American literature, right away ribald, surreal, and unmistakably actual.

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