BookBrowse Reviews The Neruda Case by Roberto Ampuero

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The Neruda Case

A Novel

by Roberto Ampuero

The Neruda Case
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  • First Published:
    Jun 2012, 352 pages
    Paperback:
    Jun 2013, 400 pages

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Poornima Apte

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A glimpse into the life of Pablo Neruda and a political mystery, set in 1970s Chile

Does poetry alone provide enough sustenance to feed the soul? Of what value is a life spent creating beautiful art without a true companion to share it with or someone to pass it on to? Fundamental existential questions may concern most of us at some time or other, but these questions haunt the great Chilean poet Pablo Neruda's last days. Set in the waning era of the Allende socialist experiment, The Neruda Case has the Nobel Laureate's ghost looming large on every page.

As the book opens, Neruda is host to a lively party at his beautiful house in Valparaíso. It is here that he meets Cayetano Brulé, an unemployed, wannabe detective. A Cuban immigrant to Chile, Cayetano has followed his lovely Chilean wife back to Valparaíso after she decides to become actively involved in her country's politics. Even though Cayetano is only just getting into the private eye business, ...

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