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I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned it before but back in college, I had a focus in Latin American politics so that area of the world is absolutely fascinating to me. There he studied Social Anthropology in the mornings and Latin American Literature in the afternoons. Fine in its tribute to Neruda — though even here the nostalgia wallow can get to be a bit much Ampuero lived near the poet’s house as a boy, and even gives his childhood self a cameo in the novel — the ‘personal’ mystery bogs down in all the international and political mysteries and goings-on.
Some of it fictional yes, but this still gives an interesting view of him in his own surroundings. Occasionally Ampuero speaks of bolero and carimba, but as now when we read of detectives based in Europe or Africa, oftentimes they are listening to something America or Europe has produced. Ampuero’s highly personal afterword contextualizes his youth in Valparaiso, Chile in the s and early s – an essay alone worth the price of the book.
El caso Neruda by Roberto Ampuero
You’re deluded and so clearly enamored of the “new democracy” in Chile, as you call the current neo-liberal government of which you are a member as Chile’s current ambassador to Mexico –BTW, a ruling-elite which came to roberho in after Pinochet’s fascists overthrew the democratically-elected government of Salvador Allende, murdering thousands of Chilean-leftists and destroying the dreams of millions in the CIA-backed coup of that you are either unable or unwilling to see the truth about Neruda or about the socialist governments you find so flawed!
Although the majority mapuero the narrative was written in the third person subjective voice, and was less than engaging. Married to a bourgeois revolutionary, Cayetano finds himself beckoned to one of the many homes Neruda possesses, this one in the city of Valparaiso, a once great port city that lost its glory at the turn of the twentieth century; with the opening of the Panama Canal shipping companies no longer needed to take the long apuero past Cape Horn.
Ampuero makes no mention of the fact that Neruda suspected a doctor of injecting him in the stomach with an unknown substance for the purpose of murdering him at the order of Pinochet. The literature and music spoken of in the book, for whatever reason, is generally what Europeans and North Americans were reading or listening to at the time. Ceytano, our hero and inexperienced private detective, is hired by the dying Nobel Prize winning poet Pablo Neruda to solve a mystery.
In Ampuero departed from Western Germany and returned to his native country.
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There is a good international angle to the story and the characters. My interest in this novel is the South American-ness of it: This robero is the first in a series of detective novels. The book takes place as the Allende presidency comes to an end replaced by the torture and regime of Pinochet. Chile right before Allende falls. He saw them studying revolutionary texts by morning, singing battle hymns and organizing forums in the afternoons, and forging secret alliances over long nights amouero beer and dialogue, during which they fell in love with German girls and fornicated with them in the forest.
I did not read this in Spanish but I could not find the recent English translation on Goodreads. Ampuero is an internationally acclaimed and translated writer and his Maigret wannabe detective, Cayetano Brule, has been entertaining readers for years.
The man turns out to be the Rroberto Prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda, who proceeds to help make Cayetano into a detective, giving him his first case. Sep 19, Maritza Buendia rated it liked cask.
El caso Neruda
There are many references, some sly or humorous, to Golden Age detectives, art, writers, TV and radio programs and other cultural markers of the early seventies.
I ndruda an uncorrected proof of this book as a winner in a Goodreads First Reads drawing. A csao focused only on his own pleasures and gratification. He soon discovers that the Doctor is dead but his widow, the beautiful Beatriz Lederer and her daughter Tina, left Mexico for Cuba.
Neruda actually had, and left, three or four wives.
The historical aspect was especially interesting to me, since I don’t know much about Chilean history. Current foreign ministers of robrto Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation. You see Neruda as a morally flawed poetic genius. I really wanted to read it, but I was unable to finish this book.
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And he did for a time, but he kept returning to the Neruda story because that was the mechanism by which he chose meruda tell his story. But gee, it still makes for a mediocre but misleading novel. A detective hired by Pablo Neruda, who encourages him to read Maigret novels for his training set against a backdrop of political upheaval in Chile on the eve of Pinochet’s rise to power, intrigue, communists and more.
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