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Allen Ginsberg postcard condemns 'Red Lands' of eastern Europe

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Beat legend's personal report of trip to communist bloc comes up for auction next month

A postcard from Allen Ginsberg, in which the Beat poet writes of how "communism just doesn't work" after witnessing it in action in what he called the "Red Lands" of eastern Europe, is set to go up for auction.

Writing eight years before the fall of the Berlin Wall to his fellow poet Diane di Prima, Ginsberg tells how he spent some months travelling on both sides of the Iron Curtain with his partner Peter Orlovsky, a poet and actor.

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