The Revolt of the Cockroach People. Oscar Zeta Acosta.
The Revolt of the Cockroach People

The Revolt of the Cockroach People

San Francisco: Straight Arrow Books, 1973. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher's ecru cloth, spine stamped in white, upper board blindstamped, orange endpapers, original illustrated dust jacket.

"The broads are fantastic...the bulging breasts of these savage wenches who move with graceful twists. Since I have come to L.A. I have not touched a woman of my own culture. I swallow my milk and feel my pants bursting with heat." Stated first printing of lawyer, politician, and radical activist Oscar Zeta Acosta’s second and final novel, published one year before his disappearance. In this sequel to The Autobiography of a Brown Buffalo (1972), Acosta gives an insider's view of the Chicano movements in Los Angeles in the late 60s and early 70s. Largely, if cartoonishly, autobiographical, Acosta furnishes a descriptive and at times salacious account of what it was like to be on the frontline of a fomenting political movement. Later editions include an introduction by Hunter S. Thompson, who became a close friend of Acosta's after writing an article on injustices in the barrios of East Los Angeles for Rolling Stone. While working on the article, Thompson and Acosta decided to take a trip to Las Vegas which became the basis for Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Acosta the real-life model for Thompson's "Dr. Gonzo." In 1974, Acosta vanished while traveling in Mexico, after telling his son on the phone he was "about to board a boat full of white snow." Although his disappearance and presumable death remain a mystery, Thompson believed he was murdered by drug dealers or the victim of a political assassination. Dust jacket and title-page illustration by Frank Ansley. Illustrated throughout with line drawings of cockroaches to the margins, as well as Mexican motif tailpieces, and a La Raza Unida woodcut opposite chapter one. Book designed by Jon Goodchild. Some staining and soiling to upper board; light rubbing to spine-ends and flap folds of unclipped dust jacket. Very good. Item #2106


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