Splendid City. By Terence Clarke. ISBN:13: 978-1725878655 . $23.95 8.5" x 8.5" (21.59 x 21.59 cm) 300 pages
“Terence Clarke recounts the gripping episode in which Nobel Prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda, running for his life, escaped from Chile over the Cordillera de los Andes.” LatinoBooks.Net
“His breathing began to hurry. He was in danger again…the memory of it. ‘Down there, in those far reaches of my country…’ He felt his voice grasping for the occasion, his wish to tell the story. ‘Where events once took me, one must cross…’ He laid a hand on his chest. ‘And I had to cross…’ He took in a breath. ‘The Andes mountains.’”
Terence Clarke recounts the gripping episode in the life of Pablo Neruda when he escaped from Chile to Argentina over the Cordillera de los Andes. The poet, a member of the Communist Party, literally had to run for his life as he was persecuted and prosecuted by the Radical government of Gabriel González Videla. The Communist Party was banned altogether under the Ley de Defensa Permanente de la Democracia, 1948, called by critics the Ley Maldita (Accursed Law). Neruda, then went into hiding in central Chile in Valparaiso, later surreptitiously moved to Valdivia, in southern Chile. From Valdivia he moved to El Fundo Huishue, a forestry estate in the vicinity of Huishue Lake. In March 1949, Neruda’s life underground ended when he fled over the Lilpela Pass in the Andes Mountains to Argentina on horseback. Neruda would dramatically recount his escape from Chile in his Nobel Prize lecture. Terence Clarke reconstructed this dramatic moment when the man of the magnificent pen, had to rely on his amateurish horsemanship to save his life crossing the mighty Andes. LatinoBooks.Net
Terence Clarke is the director of publishing at Astor & Lenox. He is the author of the novels The Notorious Dream of Jesús Lázaro and AKiss for Señor Guevara and the story collections New York and Little Bridget and The Flames of Hell. He lives in San Francisco.