A Blue Hand by Deb Baker
The Tragicomic, Mind-Altering Odyssey of Allen Ginsberg, a Holy Fool, a Lost Muse, a Dharma Bum, and His Prickly Bride in India

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In this engrossing new piece of Beat history, Pulitzer Prize finalist Deborah Baker takes us back to the moment when America's edgiest writers looked to India for answers as India looked to the West. It was 1961 when Allen Ginsberg left New York by boat for Bombay, where he hoped to meet poets Gary Snyder and Joanne Kyger. Baker follows Ginsberg and his companions as they travel from ashram to opium den. Exposing an overlooked chapter of the literary past, A Blue Hand will delight all those who continue to cherish the frenzied creativity of the Beats.


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In 1990 Deborah Baker moved to Calcutta where she studied Bengali and wrote "In Extremis: The Life of Laura Riding," a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize in Biography. Since then, her essays have appeared in a range of publications from "The New York Times" to the Calcutta Statesmen. With her husband, the writer Amitav Ghosh, and her two children Lila and Nayan, she now divides her time between Calcutta, Goa and Brooklyn.
Published April 10, 2008 by Penguin Books. 268 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Travel. Non-fiction

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Fifteen months in India in the early 1960s had a lasting influence on Allen Ginsberg.

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The spirit that animates - or at least haunts - Deborah Baker's excellent account of the Beats in India, A Blue Hand, is not the spirit of its main protagonist, the troubled, sweet-natured poet-mystic Allen Ginsberg, but rather an elusive seeker, chanter of Swinburne and one-time girlfriend of po...

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