A Chilean court orders exhumation on Neruda’s body to determine cause of 1973 death
WASHINGTON DC, February 14, 2013 – Last week a Chilean judge ordered the exhumation of Pablo Neruda to determine whether the Nobel Prize winning poet was poisoned. Author or Canto General and 20 Love Poems and a Song of Despair, Pablo Neruda passed away on September 23, 1973 — just 12 days after Salvador Allende’s communist government was overthrown by a coup that placed Augusto Pinochet in power.
Neruda, a Communist Party member and close personal friend of Allende would have been a powerful voice against the Pinochet regime had he lived and made it out of Chile. Recipient of the 1971 Nobel Prize in Literature, Neruda was beloved in his country and respected around the world.
The investigation of Neruda’s death began in 2011 as…
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