December 15, 2013 |
SANTIAGO, Chile -- Former President Michelle Bachelet was elected to a new term as Chile's leader in a landslide victory Sunday, becoming the first woman to be reelected chief executive in the nation's history. With 90% of votes counted, she led her conservative opponent, former Labor Minister Evelyn Matthei, 62.3% to 37.7%. Representing the New Majority coalition of parties, the 62-year-old pediatrician leveraged her high standing with Chileans during and after her first four-year term, which ended in 2010, to coast to victory.
November 8, 2013 |
No traces of poison were found during tests of the exhumed remains of Chilean Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda, forensics experts reported Friday after a six-month investigation. The revered South American poet and avowed communist died just 12 days after the Sept. 11, 1973, coup that deposed his friend and fellow leftist, Chilean President Salvador Allende. Although suffering from prostate cancer, Neruda's sudden turn for the worse in his final days stirred suspicions that he might have been murdered by the right-wing regime of Gen. Augusto Pinochet.
September 12, 2013 |
SANTIAGO, Chile -- Lighting candles, singing songs and carrying placards with photos of victims, Chileans gathered outside Santiago's national football stadium to honor the thousands tortured and killed following the military coup that 40 years ago overthrew President Salvador Allende. Hundreds of demonstrators laid red flowers Wednesday night at the gates of the stadium where many of the 4,000 victims killed or disappeared under the dictatorship of Gen. Augusto Pinochet met their fate.
September 5, 2013 |
BOGOTA, Colombia - With the 40th anniversary of the overthrow of Chilean President Salvador Allende approaching, it's evident that scars from the violence and human rights abuses committed during and after the military coup are still raw. The family of folk singer Victor Jara, one of the best known of the more than 4,000 people who were killed and disappeared in the Sept. 11, 1973 coup, filed a civil suit Wednesday night against one of his alleged killers, a former Chilean army lieutenant now living in Florida.
May 1, 2013 |
Somewhere between her Chilean family's life-or-death political realities and its intuitive, fantastical imagination is where Isabel Allende writes. Where she lives is the Bay Area, arriving in California about 25 years ago with a famous surname she's gone on to burnish, novel by novel. As perhaps befits an emigre author, Allende's books are routinely translated into two dozen languages. Here she muses in English about what the future of the written word holds for authors like her, and for the readers who love them.
April 27, 2013 |
Whatever happened to magic realism? The question arises when dipping into "Maya's Notebook," Isabel Allende's bruising, cinematically vivid new novel. It's an exercise in gritty realism rather than the fanciful folkloricism that Allende has been known for, accurately or not, since her fictional debut, "The House of the Spirits," 30 years ago. Magic realism always was more of a publishers' marketing coinage than an apt description of the works of the so-called Latin American Boom, which looms over Spanish-language literature like Easter Island monoliths: Mario Vargas Llosa, Julio Cortázar, Carlos Fuentes and Gabriel García Márquez.