By Pablo Neruda
Lyrical memories of the overdue Chilean poet's frontier youth, scholar years, diplomatic occupation, short-lived stint within the Chilean senate, flight and exile, 1952 homecoming, and ultimate crowded years painting impressive contemporaries.
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Memoirs by Pablo Neruda