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Pablo Neruda To Be Exhumed

By Harriet Staff


For a few years now we’ve been reporting on calls to have Pablo Neruda’s remains exhumed as Chile investigates the circumstances surround the poet’s death. According to this article from globalpost, the exhumation will be going forward.

A Chilean judge has ordered the remains of poet and Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda exhumed in a probe into whether he died of cancer as commonly believed or was killed by agents serving Augusto Pinochet.

The exhumation was announced Friday by the foundation that manages his literary legacy.

The leftist poet, who died 12 days after the 1973 military coup that ousted socialist president Salvador Allende and brought General Augusto Pinochet to power, was long believed to have died of prostate cancer.

But officials in 2011 started looking into the possibility he was poisoned by agents of the Pinochet regime, as claimed by Neruda’s driver and aide.

Neruda is best known for his love poems as well as his “Canto General” — an epic poem about South America’s history and its people.

A senior member of Chile’s Communist Party, his writings were banned during Pinochet’s military dictatorship, which ended in 1990.

An exhumation date will be decided in March.

As always, we’ll be posting updates to this story as they develop.

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Posted in Poetry News on Monday, February 11th, 2013 by Harriet Staff.