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A night of Neruda

The Venezuelan Embassy is organising an evening to celebrate the Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda. The event will be attended by his biographer, Adam Feinsteiny, and accompanied by a screening of the film “El cartero (y Pablo Neruda)”.

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Legend has it that Pablo Neruda died from the wounds of his country. The poet’s death came only days after Augusto Pinochet’s Coup d’Etat in Chile. They say that the news worsened his condition, beyond repair. He had previously suffered from serious prostate cancer.

Next year will mark 40 years since the death of Ricardo Eliecer Neftali, otherwise known as Pablo Neruda, one of the most important poets of the 20th Century, and author of works including “Los versos del capitán” [The captain’s verses], “Veinte poemas de amor y una canción desesperada” [Twenty poems of love and one song of despair] and “Confieso que he vivido” [I confess that I have lived].

The Venezuelan Embassy in London has organised the event to celebrate Neruda’s poetry through images, voice and text. The evening is for anyone who would like to discover Neruda’s poetry, and for all those who already enjoy it and would like to learn more about his impassioned verse.

Adam Feinstein is the author of his biography “Pablo Neruda: a Passion for Life”, and expert on the Poet. He will attend the meeting and speak with guests about his travels through the life of the writer.

He will also introduce the screening of the film “El cartero (y Pablo Neruda)” [The postman (and Pablo Neruda)], directed by Michael Radford, and is the story of a young man who works as a postman who only has one client: Pablo Neruda.

The evening will finish with a poetry reading performed by the Chilean poet, Alfredo Cordal, whose English translation will be read by actor Geoffrey Streatfield.

The event will be held on the 26th of July at 7:45pm in Bolivar Hall (54 Grafton Way, London W1T 5DL). Entry is free.

For more information, visit the website: http://www.cultura.embavenez-uk.org/

(Translation by Grace Essex – Email: grace.essex@gmail.com)

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