The polemics Pablo Neruda was involved in from the 1930s on are legendary, but not even the ferocity of those attacks would lead one to believe that today, a half a century after his death, he would still be on trial.
In this consistent and emphatic book, the great Nerudian critic Hernan Loyola addresses Neruda's sins: the machista, the fableteller, the rapist, the bad husband, the bad father, the plagiarist, the insolent one, the abandoner, the Stalinist and the bourgeois. Loyola's objective is to review and discuss with the greatest amount of intellectual honesty that he can humanly muster as an admiring literary critic and with deep sympathy for his unforgettable friend the most tenacious and disseminated accusations attributed to Pablo Neruda.
All told, this book is an impressive biographical and poetic interpretation of the most salient aspects of the Nobel Laureate's life.
Hernan Loyola is Professor Emeritus of Spanish and Latin American Literature at the University of Sassari. His books include Ser y morir en Pablo Neruda, Neruda. La biografia literaria, and El joven Neruda. He has also published a critical edition on Residencia en la tierra, and a new edition of the Neruda's Complete Works. He is also the editor of Pablo Neruda. Antologia esencial, the classic Pablo Neruda. Antologia poetica, and the recent Pablo Neruda. Antologia general. Greg Dawes is a Distinguished Professor of Latin American Literature and Culture at North Carolina State University. He is the Editor and Founder of A contracorriente. Una revista de estudios latinoamericanos and Editorial A Contracorriente. He is the author of Aesthetics and Revolution: Nicaraguan Poetry, 1979-1990, Verses Against the Darkness: Pablo Neruda's Poetry and Politics, Poetas ante la modernidad. Las ideas esteticas y politicas de Vallejo, Huidobro, Neruda y Paz, and Multiforme y comprometido. Neruda despues de 1956