Poli Delano: "Neruda had become a very dangerous enemy to Pinochet"

By Mario Casasus



Mexico City. - In digital interview from Providencia, Poli Delano (1936), talks about the exhumation of Pablo Neruda: "The judicial decision to exhume Neruda's body seemed good and fair, and that he had reasonable doubts about the possibility that the poet had been assassinated. Apparently he was determined to travel to Mexico, and in that case had become a very dangerous enemy to Pinochet, as the power of your voice could reach any corner of the world. Do not forget that the dictatorship ordered the murder of Orlando Letelier, in the United States, and General Carlos Prats, in Argentina, as well as that of Eduardo Frei Montalva, in Chile. "


Author of several books of short stories: Lonely people (1960), Vivarium (1971), Changing Mask (1973), Two lizards in a Bottle (1976), Solo Sax (1998), among others. He was awarded the Casa de las Americas (Cuba, 1973) and the National Short Story Prize (Mexico, 1975). He also wrote the novels: Zero to the left (1966), Cambalache (1968), In this sacred place (1977), Piano-bar solo (1983), Man Leather Mask (1984), The Summer of bat (1986), as if nobody died (1987), Almost Englishmen of America (1990), Death of a Sex Addict (1996), Smoke Train (1997), In this sacred place (1998), Tail (1999) , this park bench (2002), Love is a Crime (2005), Are You There (2005), And you do not answer me (2010).

Currently, Poli Delano writes his "Memoirs Mexican" in November was invited to the International Book Fair of Guadalajara 2012 (dedicated to Chile), unfortunately was unable to attend, finally briefly visited Mexico in March, in an interview with Clarín.cl the great Chilean narrator has the pretext of his recent trip "was held in Merida-Yucatan-a tribute to the writer Rafael Ramirez Heredia, who was one of my greatest friends and I would not miss. I found old friends like Oscar Oliva, David Martin del Campo, Juan Villoro, Monica Lavin, Rosa Beltran, Hernán Lara Zavala. But I could not stay a few days in Mexico City. Mexico is a very important part of my life. "

MC. - Poli, what do you think of the exhumation of Pablo Neruda?
PD. - The judicial decision to exhume Neruda's body seemed good and fair, and that he had reasonable doubts about the possibility that the poet had been assassinated.

MC. - What meaning would have been Neruda's return to Mexico in September 1973?
PD. - Apparently was determined to travel to Mexico, and in that case had become a very dangerous enemy to Pinochet, as the power of your voice could reach any corner of the world. Do not forget that the dictatorship ordered the murder of Orlando Letelier, in the United States, and General Carlos Prats, in Argentina, as well as that of Eduardo Frei Montalva, Chile.

MC. - Neruda When did you see him last?
PD. - The last time I spoke with Pablo Neruda was for the beginning of April 1973. I went to visit him at his house in Isla Negra. I found deteriorated. He received me in his library.

MC. - What issues are discussed?
PD. - We made some memories of Paris and he suggested I had already done several times, to write a novel based on the voyages of my ancestor Amasa Delano, captain who led the short novel "Benito Cereno" by Herman Melville. The poet was one of the only existing copies of the memoirs of the eighteenth century navy. The book is still in the Chascona, home of Santiago. Before long I was with him because he got tired and also had other visitors waiting their turn to greet him.

MC. - What news of the Foundation had designed by Neruda in 1973?
PD. - Neruda had a quite wide in the coast-and-Cantalao dream was not fulfilled-was building a holiday villa kind of huts where they could retire young writers to write for a while.

MC. - Canned Neruda unpublished letters to Luis Enrique Delano?
PD. - No. In the first chapter of New York's Memoirs (2009) published a very dramatic letter that my father wrote to Virgil Neruda from the boat, we traveled to Chile from France after the fall of Madrid. Neruda's unpublished letters to my father are in the archives of the Fundación Pablo Neruda.

MC. - Where are the photographs of Neruda made by your mom?
PD. - In the recently released book "Lola Falcon through the streets of the world", which brings together some 200 pictures of my mother, two bearded Neruda, in hiding, in the late 40s. In 1948, shortly before his departure on horseback to Argentina, was hidden for nearly a month in our house, the Ant too. We played Christmas of that year and the gift to me was a box of shells and snails, Chile. At the top of the box wrote his CHILENSIS MOLLUSCA green ink. Still have it.

MC. - What activities will participate to mark the 40th death anniversary of Neruda?
PD. - Do not know how come the tributes for the 40 years. Still I was not invited.

MC. - When you end up publishing three volumes of your memories?
PD. - Appeared about four years ago my first memoir, about my pre-teen years in New York. I have written the second part will be "Mexican Memories". Collect two eras: my childhood (1940-1946, in Mexico City) and my exile (1974-1984), half in Mexico City and the other in Cuernavaca, where I was literary workshop coordinator IRBAC.

MC. - Finally, do you have plans to return to Mexico?
PD. - Last November I could not travel to Mexico, the International Book Fair of Guadalajara, due to an accident that pinned me. But now in March was held in Merida-Yucatan-a tribute to the writer Rafael Ramirez Heredia, who was one of my greatest friends and I would not miss. I found old friends like Oscar Oliva, David Martin del Campo, Juan Villoro, Monica Lavin, Rosa Beltran, Hernán Lara Zavala. But I could not stay a few days in Mexico City. Mexico is a very important part of my life.

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