Interview with Torbjörn Björlund / Sweden



Torbiörn Biörlund, Riksdagsledamot and chairman of the Swedish Parliament in defense of the legacy Nerudian responsible económio accompanying Mr. Fdo.Wilssson and committee vice-president Raul Valdivia Dalev
Mexico City. - In digital interview from Stockholm, Torbjörn Björlund, Swedish Member of Parliament and Chairman of the Committee in Defense of the Legacy of Pablo Neruda, speaks of political and diplomatic efforts to retrieve the last will of the Chilean Nobel: "We want the Probate desire is met Pablo Neruda and his legacy belongs to the people of Chile. From a distance we continue the struggle of the people of Chile, we have a special interest in Neruda's last will and struggle for true democracy in Chile. We constantly monitor the processes around the will of Pablo Neruda, in his stated desire belongs to the people of Chile. "

MC. - The Association for Labor Studies of Sweden inaugurated the exhibition Neruda Library of the University of Chile in 1966, and is well known that Neruda was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1971, what does Pablo Neruda in the cultural history Sweden?

TB. - Pablo Neruda has exerted a major influence on the cultural history of Sweden. Of course, most notably in relation to the award of the Nobel Prize for Literature, and of course, in relation to the events of the coup in Chile. His opposition to dictatorships was well known, and could in life, have become a potent symbol against dictatorship. His literary work has been widespread in Sweden. Today Neruda not the same today. However, the generations that live the time of the coup have it in memory. Over the years his work still shows the great affection of his people Neruda and humanity.

MC. - Allan Pettersson composed the Symphony No. 12, based on a translation of Arthur Lundqvist's Canto General. Ever? Chatted with both characters of Swedish culture?, Have you reissued the symphony for young people to hear?

TB. - Unfortunately I never had the opportunity to meet these great personalities of Swedish culture. I can not but regret the fact that he was so young at the time when these two giants of the culture of our country died. I know there has been an issue of Symphony No. 12 Allan Petterson, and it is unfortunate. It is hoped that in the future some director dares to do. I think that would appeal to new generations.

MC. - Why several Swedish parliamentarians joined the Committee in defense of Neruda's legacy?

TB. - First, because we want the probate of Pablo Neruda desire is fulfilled, and inheritance, as desired by the poet, belongs to the people of Chile. From a distance we continue the struggle of the people of Chile, we have a special interest in Neruda's last will and struggle for true democracy in Chile.

MC. - What initiatives undertaken in the Committee?

TB. - We wrote the petition, to different authorities, in order to do a full review of the legacy of Pablo Neruda. We asked: are private interests or the people of Chile his heirs? We constantly monitor the processes around the will of Pablo Neruda in his stated desire belongs to the people of Chile. We also work with the object extension that many more will join this effort to preserve both the memory and the legacy of Pablo Neruda.

MC. - Was there any response from the government of Chile to the Committee's request to defend the legacy Neruda?

TB. - No, there was no response, not something we've seen. And, it is somewhat surprising, even though the government is right and neoliberal, have in no way tried to consult with us to see and work the situation positively. The question is: will they be interested in resolving the issue of right of the people of Chile regarding the desire of Pablo Neruda?

MC. - To commemorate the Nobel received Neruda, Salvador Allende's government published the "Popular Anthology 1972", would you be interested in collecting the poems translated into Swedish and the prologue of Salvador Allende to spread Popular Anthology project 1972?

A. - Of course yes, it would be very important to publish the Anthology Popular 1972 in Sweden and, I think, would call attention to the open trial over the death of Pablo Neruda, and recover a piece of history human cultural.

MC. - Pablo Neruda designated universities, trade unions and the Writers as executors of your copyright, but has not fulfilled the last wish of the poet. Does the Swedish Committee could extend its application to study not only the case of Popular Anthology 1972, but the failure of the Foundation Cantalao?

TB. - If we could do. We think it's inexcusable that has not been protected probate desire Pablo Neruda. We think that the institutions named firm, and they were called to rescue the desire of Pablo Neruda, have failed in the mission of the poet probate.

MC. - The Swedish ambassador Harald Edelstam Pablo Neruda accompanied at Clinica Santa Maria and attended the funeral of the poet, remember Edelstam ambassador's statements about Neruda's death and the crimes of the dictatorship?

TB. - Yes, remember the facts. The latest generations do not have an updated view of those tragic events, however a couple of years ago a film was made when it was reported this violent history, this information is a matter of generations, the film to tell that part of the story did that other generations were reported at the time. Neruda and Edelstam were, from the film, known by the present generation. There is now a Foundation in Sweden Harald Edelstam not for profit.

MC. - From the complaint of Manuel Araya, Neruda's driver, a criminal investigation was initiated to clarify the death of poet, Sweden received news about the alleged murder of Pablo Neruda?, What do you think?

TB. - Yes, the news came to Sweden rather quickly, unfortunately did not have the coverage you ought to have had, but still led to a debate about how the situation was at the time of the coup. I can not determine whether Pablo Neruda was killed or not, but thinking about how they shot brutality opponents and given the Pinochet regime's cruelty not surprise me that he had murdered.

MC. - Finally, what would the Committee if investigations show that Neruda was killed by medical negligence or operation of the dictatorship?

TB. - For demonstrated the murder would demand an investigation into the circumstances of his death and would demand that perpetrators are prosecuted in courts. It is very important for the people of Chile know how their national poet died.