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Blue Hand [Paperback]

The Tragicomic, Mind-Altering Odyssey of Allen Ginsberg
Blue Hand [Paperback]

Author(s) : Baker, Deborah
Publishers Price : 11.99
Wisdom Price : 8.99(save 25%)
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ISBN : 0143114832
EAN : 9780143114833
Cover : Paperback
Pages : 246
Size : 210 x 128mm
Publisher : Penguin Press
Published : 2009
Category : Poetry: Buddhist
Category 2 : Travel: Adventure/Exploration
Synopsis:
New paperback edition. In 1961, Allen Ginsberg left New York by boat for Bombay, India, where he planned to meet up with poets Gary Snyder and Joanne Kyger. He left behind not only not only fellow Beats Jack Kerouac, Gregory Corso, and William Burroughs, but also the relentless notoriety that followed the publication of Howl, the epic work that branded him the voice of a generation.

Drawing from extensive research in India, undiscovered letters, journals and memoirs, acclaimed biographer Deborah Baker has woven a many-layered literary mystery out of Ginsberg's odyssey. A Blue Hand follows him as they travel from the ashrams of the Himalayan foothills to Delhi opium dens and the burning pyres of Benares. They encounter an India of charlatans and saints, a country of spectacular beauty and spiritual promise and of devastating poverty and political unease.

In their restless, comic, and oft-times tortured search for meaning, the Beats looked to India for answers while India looked to the West. A Blue Hand is the story of their search for God, for love, and for peace in the shadow of the atomic bomb. It is also the story of India - its gods and its poets, its politics, and its place in the Western imagination.

"Beat was short for beatitude, and India was the place to find it. A Blue Hand is a deeply researched, elegantly written account of those days of divine, induced, and congenital madness." Eliot Weinberger.

"An original and entrancing account of how India expanded the possibilities of Western consciousness." Geoff Dyer.

"A fabulous book - comic, tragic, and written with great verve and nerve - about the Beats and their passage to India. It is a remarkable saga of various lives and stories all drawn together by Deborah Baker - the biographer as adventurer." Michael Ondaatje.
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