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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

by Hunter S. Thompson

Part of the Harper Perennial Modern Classics Series

Biography / Autobiography

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Synopsis

`We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold. I remember saying something like, I feel a bit lightheaded; maybe you should drive ... '

Hunter S. Thompson is roaring down the desert highway to Las Vegas with his attorney, the Samoan, to find the dark side of the American Dream. Armed with a drug arsenal of stupendous proportions, the duo engage in a surreal succession of chemically enhanced confrontations with casino operators, police officers and assorted Middle Americans.

This stylish reissue of Hunter S. Thompson's iconic masterpiece, a controversial bestseller when it appeared in 1971, features the brilliant Ralph Steadman illustrations of the original. It brings to a new generation the hallucinatory humour and nightmare terror of Hunter S. Thompson's musings on the collapse of the American Dream.

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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Press Reviews

`There are only two adjectives writers care about... brilliant and outrageous. Hunter Thompson has a freehold on both of them.

Fear and Loathing is a scorching epochal sensation.' Tom Wolfe

`What goes on in these pages makes Lenny Bruce seem angelic...the whole book boils down to a mad, corrosive prose poetry that picks up where Norman Mailer's

An American Dream left off and explores what Tom Wolfe left out.' New York Times

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ISBN: 9780007204496
Publication date: 04/04/2005
Publisher: HarperPerennial an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780007204496
Publication date: 4th April 2005
Author: Hunter S. Thompson
Publisher: HarperPerennial an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 240 pages
Genres: Biography / Autobiography,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Hunter S. Thompson

Hunter S. Thompson was born in Louisville, Kentucky in 1937 and died in Colorado in 2005. A full-time writer and journalist, he contributed regularly to a wide variety of publications, but is probably best known for his work as National Affairs correspondent for `Rolling Stone', in which `Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas' and `Fear and Loathing: On the Campaign Trail `72' originally appeared. `Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas' has been made into a major film, directed by Terry Gilliam and starring Johnny Depp. Ralph Steadman is one of Britain's best-known cartoonists and illustrators. His books include `I, Leonardo' and the ...

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