When we were in Chile last August-September we visited Neruda’s house in Santiago, la Chascona. A fascinating place, with stairways and gardens and collections of objects that appealed to him.
He was also a diplomat and politician. The name was originally a pen name, derived from Jan Neruda, the Czech poet. He was an advisor to Salvador Allende, and won the Nobel prize for Literature in 1971.
We saw another of his houses in Valparaíso, la Sebastiana – he certainly knew how to live!
I haven’t read much of his work. It’s on the to-do list, with a lot of other things.