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Rebel Hell: Disabled Vegan Goes to Prison by [Smitowicz, Jan]

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Longtime author-activist Jan Smitowicz was arrested in 2010 after a blatant illegal search and seizure, eventually spending two years in Illinois state prisons for marijuana possession. Rebel Hell: Disabled Vegan Goes to Prison is his enthralling, poignant, wildly unpredictable memoir about the experience and its ramifications for all citizens. This crucial socio-political narrative shines desperate light on America’s inherently undemocratic, racially biased justice system. Smitowicz demonstrates with remarkable creativity how the U.S. Drug War has unquestionably become a tool for authorities to target and terrorize black men. In the foreword by Professor Todd Shackelford, Psychology Department Chair at Michigan’s Oakland University, he declares that Smitowicz’s newest book is “Beautifully crafted, outrageously candid, deeply empathic, and often uproariously funny . . . a remarkable story.”

Smitowicz’s wildly original book--crafted with meticulous care and incorporating a litany of experimental literary techniques and visual elements--is a darkly comic addition to the great pantheon of socially relevant incarceration stories. The memoir brims with stupendous barbarism and corruption. Like the underfed author’s weight-plummet of 19 pounds in just 27 days. Like the rampant mistreatment of serious medical conditions by incompetent, even sadistic guards and health care staff. And like the judge’s astonishing offer to cut Smitowicz’s sentence nearly in half [from seven years down to four] if he paid a $25,000 “fine,” allowing his family to literally buy a far less severe prison term! And yet--despite Rebel Hell’s veritable horrorshow of human depravity--its unremitting, shamelessly blunt humor delivers ample reprieve from the dire circumstances. In the end, this uniquely stylized narrative coalesces into an unsettling microcosm of contemporary U.S. society—and an unforgettable story.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 10644 KB
  • Print Length: 440 pages
  • Publisher: The Rewild West Publishing (23 May 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B072PRW9FP
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Maureen Gail Nolan
5.0 out of 5 starsI was so happy. This author writes straight from his heart
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5.0 out of 5 starsinspiration to resist, rise & smash!
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