Latin America

The memory of Pablo Neruda in jeopardy in Chile

Museums celebrating the Nobel Prize-winning poet have suffered from the impact of Covid. But as pandemic restrictions ease, help could come from the country’s new left-wing government

Pablo Neruda house Sebastiana in Valparaiso, Chile. Photo: Sun Shine/Shutterstock
Pablo Neruda house Sebastiana in Valparaiso, Chile. Photo: Sun Shine/Shutterstock

The legacy of Chilean poet Pablo Neruda risks being one of the casualties of the pandemic. As the tourism and culture sectors struggle to recover from the impact of pandemic restrictions, the foundation that manages the museums celebrating the 1971 Nobel Prize laureate has run into financial difficulties and recently issued a plea for help to keep Neruda’s legacy alive. 

Chile had a comparatively controlled coronavirus outbreak, particularly when held up against the situation in regional neighbors Peru and Brazil, which suffered from some of the world’s highest mortality rates.

As part of its efforts to contain...

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