ISLA NEGRA, CHILE._ Dissimilar, opposing feelings. A couple of dates go down in history; Pablo Neruda returns to his housemuseum in this picturesque fishing town, 43 years after his death.
He was probably assassinated by the Augusto Pinochet dictatorship and, even though Ricardo Eliécer Neftalí Basoalto or rather Neruda needs nothing further to make the news, an ongoing investigation seems to be pointing to an “assisted” death.
The author of memorable works such as Veinte Poemas de Amor y una Canción Desesperada, Canto General and Confieso que he vivido, was a figure very much committed to politics through his communist leadership as senator and presidential candidate.
His concerns about the future of humanity are largely contained in his poems. He was no doubt a dreamer and a romantic with a kid’s heart, as Gabriel García Márquez and his nephew Rodolfo Reyes Muñoz used to call him.
He once said the Pacific Ocean had been “left in front of his window,” and so his wishes to be buried in his home in Isla Negra were made true.
The Nobel Literature Prize winner (1904-1973) has returned to his favorite home for the fourth time, after several processes were conducted since he died on September 23, 1973 amid unclear circumstances at a clinic in Santiago de Chile.
The sea breezes typical of the Valparaíso region accompanied the simple but emotive signs of admiration expressed by locals towards one of the region’s most illustrious figures.
“We would not allow my uncle’s remains to be brought back to Isla Negra in a cold, impersonalized way; it is an honor to remember his life and his work,” Neruda’s nephew, the lawyer Rodolfo Reyes, told The Havana Reporter.
Some bone samples previously analyzed in Spain and the United States are still being examined at labs in Denmark and Canada to determine the incidence of a bacterium, the golden staphylococcus.
This bacterium was probably introduced into Neruda’s body by agents of the dictatorship of Pinochet, who was very afraid of Neruda possibly becoming a strong opponent from Mexico.
Neruda was to travel to Mexico in September 1973 invited by President Luis Echeverría, but he did not have time.
“We are confident that we will have a final word from the panel of international experts,” Neruda’s chauffeur and assistant Manuel Araya told The Havana Reporter, who on many occasions has denounced that Neruda was assassinated.Share on FB Share on TT