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oscar "zeta" acosta • the autobiography of a brown buffalo • classic autobiography from 1972

Archie Hill — A Cage of Shadows
Oscar Zeta Acosta - The Autobiography of a Brown Buffalo - Tangerine Press
  • Three editions: trade paperback; 100 numbered & 26 lettered copies

TO BE PUBLISHED NOVEMBER 2018

“The fucking book is true. That is the weird point that seems to escape all of you.”

Most famously depicted as the pill-popping lawyer Dr Gonzo in Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Oscar “Zeta” Acosta’s wild, moving first book, originally published in 1972, reveals a man of astonishing variety. A converted Baptist missionary in Panama, bar hopper, psychiatric patient, struggling writer, heartbroken lover, great imposter, connoisseur of excess, maverick lawyer, Chicano activist, Brown Buffalo – Mr Acosta did it all, then disappeared like a puff of smoke off the coast of Mazatlán, Mexico in the spring of 1974.

WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY ILAN STAVANS
Ilan Stavans is Lewis-Sebring Professor of Humanities, Latin American, and Latino Culture at Amherst College, publisher of Restless Books, and host of NPR’s podcast “In Contrast.” His books include Quixote: The Novel and the World, The FSG Book of Twentieth-Century Latin American Poetry, and Bandido: The Death and Resurrection of Oscar “Zeta” Acosta.

ANNIE LIEBOVITZ
The paperback front cover features an image of Mr Acosta by the legendary photographer. This image is also bound into the limited editions.

RALPH STEADMAN
Specially commissioned artwork by the legendary Welsh artist. Lettered copies only.

MARCO ACOSTA
The author's son has written an uncompromising afterword for this new edition, including an extraordinary anecdote about Benicio Del Toro, when the renowned actor was researching his role as Dr Gonzo for the film version of Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas.

HUNTER S. THOMPSON
A reprint of Mr Thompson's introduction to the 1989 reissue.

AVAILABLE IN THREE EDITIONS:

Paperback £12

Numbered £**

Lettered/signed/artwork £***

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First printing

£12 plus shipping

240 pages. Format approx. Format approx. 7"/170mm wide x 10"/240mm tall. Acid-free card covers and text paper; full colour title page; acid-free endpapers (colour tbc). Printed & bound in England. ISBN: 978-1-910691-30-4

FORTHCOMING

100 Numbered copies

£40 plus shipping

240 pages. Pinched Crown format, approx. 7”/175mm wide, 10”/250mm tall. Handbound at the Tangerine workshop with cloth-covered acid-free boards, conservation glue and hemp cord; foil embossed front cover artwork; colour title page. ISBN: 978-1-910691-29-8

All details tbc

FORTHCOMING

26 Lettered/signed/artwork copies

£*** plus shipping

240 pages. Pinched Crown format, approx. 7”/175mm wide, 10”/250mm tall. Handbound at the Tangerine workshop with cloth-covered acid-free boards, conservation glue and hemp cord; foil embossed front cover artwork; colour title page. ISBN: 978-1-910691-29-8

All details tbc

FORTHCOMING

Forthcoming…


ORIGINAL REVIEWS FOR...

“Acosta writes with the heat of a blast-off…”
Publishers Weekly

“Acosta has entered counterculture folklore. This is the life story of a man whose pain is made real, whose roots are in question, and whose society seems to be
fragmenting around him.”
Saturday Review of Literature

Most famously depicted as the pill-popping lawyer Dr Gonzo in Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Oscar “Zeta” Acosta’s wild, moving first book, originally published in 1972, reveals a man of astonishing variety. A converted Baptist missionary in Panama, bar hopper, psychiatric patient, struggling writer, heartbroken lover, great imposter, connoisseur of excess, maverick lawyer, Chicano activist, Brown Buffalo – Mr Acosta did it all, then disappeared like a puff of smoke off the coast of Mazatlán, Mexico in the spring of 1974.

Ilan Stavans is Lewis-Sebring Professor of Humanities, Latin American, and Latino Culture at Amherst College, publisher of Restless Books, and host of NPR’s podcast “In Contrast.” His books include Quixote: The Novel and the World, The FSG Book of Twentieth-Century Latin American Poetry and Bandido: The Death and Resurrection of Oscar “Zeta” Acosta.

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