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By Pablo Neruda

The vintage and deeply relocating memoir by means of Pablo Neruda, the main generally learn political poet of our time and winner of the Nobel PrizeThe south of Chile used to be a frontier barren region whilst Pablo Neruda used to be born in 1904. In those memoirs he retraces his bohemian scholar years in Santiago; his sojourns as Chilean consul in Burma, Ceylon, and Java, in Spain in the course of the civil battle, and in Mexico; and his carrier as a Chilean senator. Neruda, a Communist, used to be pushed from his senate seat in 1948, and a warrant used to be issued for his arrest. After a yr in hiding, he escaped on horseback over the Andes after which to Europe; his travels took him to Russia, japanese Europe, and China sooner than he used to be ultimately in a position to go back domestic in 1952. the ultimate element of the memoirs was once written after the coup in 1972 that overthrew Neruda's pal Salvador Allende. a few of the century's most vital literary and creative figures have been Neruda's acquaintances, and determine in his memoirs--Garcia Lorca, Aragon, Picasso, and Rivera, between them--and additionally such political leaders as Gandhi, Nehru, Mao, Castro, and Che Guevara. In his uniquely expressive prose, Neruda not just explains his perspectives on poetry and describes the conditions that encouraged a lot of his poems, yet he creates a revealing list of his existence as a poet, a patriot, and one of many 20th century's precise males of moral sense.

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