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

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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 300-pound, pill-popping Samoan attorney 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. From his early years as a fat, vulnerable Mexican kid in racist Riverbank, California, to his ulcer-ridden stint as an Oakland Welfare lawyer, his psychedelic odyssey and his discovery of his Chicano roots, Mr Acosta lived a thousand lives – and lived them deeply.

A converted Baptist missionary in Panama, bar hopper, psychiatric patient, struggling writer, heartbroken lover, great imposter, connoisseur of excess, Chicano activist, Brown Buffalo – Acosta did it all, then disappeared like a puff of smoke off the coast of Mazatlan, Mexico in the spring of 1974.

with an introduction by Ilan Stavans

Ilan Stavans is a novel, critic and teaches at Amherst College. He has contributed essays, reviews and stories to The Nation, The New York Times, The Washington Post and numerous other periodicals. His books include Bandido: The Death and Resurrection of Oscar "Zeta" Acosta and Oscar "Zeta" Acosta: The Uncollected Works.

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*** 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-***

FORTHCOMING

100 Numbered copies

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*** 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-***

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FORTHCOMING

26 Lettered/signed/artwork copies

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*** 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-***

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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 300-pound, pill-popping Samoan attorney 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. From his early years as a fat, vulnerable Mexican kid in racist Riverbank, California, to his ulcer-ridden stint as an Oakland Welfare lawyer, his psychedelic odyssey and his discovery of his Chicano roots, Mr Acosta lived a thousand lives – and lived them deeply.

A converted Baptist missionary in Panama, bar hopper, psychiatric patient, struggling writer, heartbroken lover, great imposter, connoisseur of excess, Chicano activist, Brown Buffalo – Acosta did it all, then disappeared like a puff of smoke off the coast of Mazatlan, Mexico in the spring of 1974.

Ilan Stavans is a novel, critic and Lewis-Sebring Professor in Latin American and Latino Culture at Amherst College. He has contributed essays, reviews and stories to The Nation, The New York Times, The Washington Post and numerous other periodicals. His books include Bandido: The Death and Resurrection of Oscar "Zeta" Acosta and Oscar "Zeta" Acosta: The Uncollected Works.

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