Pablo Neruda, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1971, may have been poisoned, an associate maintains. A Chilean judge has opened an investigation into the poet’s 1973 death, which could lead to Neruda’s body being exhumed from its grave in Isla Negra, Chile.
A judge in Chile has opened an investigation into the death four decades ago of the Nobel Prize-winning poet in response to allegations by his former driver that Neruda was poisoned by agents acting forÂ Gen. Agustin Pinochet. The general led the military junta and coup that toppled PresidentÂ Salvador Allende in September 1973.
Neruda’s estate has long maintained that the poet’s death onÂ September 23, 1973 — just 12 days after the Sept. 11 coup — was due to prostate cancer. Yet Neruda’s former driver and associate,Â Manuel Araya, has repeated claims recently that Neruda was assassinated for his activism as a Communist Party member and supporter of Allende, a democratically elected Marxist.
Days before his death, Neruda published an impassioned critique of the coup.Â Araya told reporters Neruda was probably poisoned to prevent him from traveling to Mexico, where the poet could position himself safely as a vocal opponent to the dictatorship.
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