Pablo Neruda

Wednesday, July 29, 2009  
Pablo Neruda Pablo Neruda (Photo:Dibam)

He received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1971.  He was born in the village of Parral, in the south of Chile, in 1904, and died in Santiago in 1973.  He is the author of a vast body of work. 

Some of his most important works include Residencia en la Tierra, poems of rigorous symbolism and metaphysical tone; Canto General, a monumental poetic description of compromised Americanism; and Odas Elementales, a collection of texts in which facts and things appear to be a motive of creation for the poet.  He was also the author of a series of theatrical works and a volume of his memoirs published posthumously under the title Confieso que he vivido.

Senator, diplomat, and persecuted politician who lived in exile, Neruda is inextricably linked to politics and the bohemian style seen in his three houses/museums: La Chascona in Santiago; La Sebastiana in Valparaíso and his house in Isla Negra.