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TRAGIC MAGIC (a street term for heroin) is a fascinating account of the life of a forty-two-year-old black Hispanic heroin addict and drug dealer -- vividly portraying both the allure of heroin and the destructive consequences of addiction. Based on eighty hours of taped interviews of Ron Santiago, by Dr. Stuart Hills, a sociologist and criminologist, TRAGIC MAGIC retains the powerful and authentic voice of Santiago as he relates in his own colorful words the hazards and rewards of life in the junkie subculture of Harlem and the South Bronx. The book raises important questions about our social policies regarding drugs.
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Hills, a sociologist at St. Lawrence University, interviewed Santiago, a 42-year-old recovering heroin addict from New York City, and edited their sessions into an oral history. A black Cuban who grew up in the ghetto, Santiago reports honestly and graphically about the search for a fix, the subculture of the dope fiend, gang warfare, dealing dope and numerous other crimes. He describes the underworld of numbers games and his several encounters with an inefficient, corrupt justice system, but pk the book becomes more interesting when he details the brutal life in prison, where ``everybody handled you as if you were a thing.'' Santiago finally was encouraged by a prison librarian and also began a very improper romance with a nurse. A veteran of several `stab' violent metaphor un this context rehabilitation efforts, Santiago turned the corner only when a counselor offered him unconditional friendship and he learned to view recovery as a daily process. This tale is hardly new, however; some of the chronology is awkward, and the reader hopes in vain for other voices or insights.
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Book Description Wadsworth Pub Co, 1992. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0830413170
Book Description Wadsworth Pub Co, 1992. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110830413170