The novel features Gnossos Pappadopoulis, a crazy and brilliant hero, wandering on a campus where revolt rumbles. We are in 1958 and Pappadopoulis is thirsty for everything: mescaline, alcohol, girls, art and science, prayer and truth. At the same time, he is fascinated by death, which he teases every day and which he will take to Cuba, under the guise of a revolutionary expedition. Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me is a black jewel with a strong autobiographical flavour. And behind the hero’s creative and suicidal energy lies a portrait: that of the spirit, madness and freedom of the sixties.