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The Neruda Case

A Novel

by Roberto Ampuero

The Neruda Case
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    Jun 2012, 352 pages
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    Jun 2013, 400 pages

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Pablo Neruda and Politics

The country of Chile might be a vibrant democracy now - its shining "Jewel of the Pacific," Valparaíso, lined with upscale businesses and boutique hotels - but there have been turbulent upheavals in its recent political history, and the country's preeminent poet, Nobel Laureate, Pablo Neruda (born Neftalí Ricardo Reyes Basoalto), was a significant player in these events.

Pablo Neruda A left-leaning intellectual, Neruda wasted no time in praising Joseph Stalin and the USSR for helping to prevent the Nazi takeover of Europe. In time, however, as he became disillusioned with the man, Neruda's support for Stalin declined, but he remained sympathetic to communist ideals and became an official member of the Communist Party of Chile in July 1945. In 1948, when Chilean President González Videla outlawed the party, Neruda went into hiding, eventually escaping to Argentina in 1949. In the early '50s, Neruda traveled all over the world, and his fame as a poet spread.

He eventually ...

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