Feb 12, 2013 @ 12:01:00 am
Amid new suspicion that Chilean poet Pablo Neruda may have been poisoned following the coup that overthrew his friend, socialist leader Salvador Allende, a Chilean court has ordered that Neruda’s body be exhumed for a full autopsy. Neruda died twelve days after the 1973 coup, and the cause of death was stated as “extreme malnutrition”—even though Neruda weighed 220 pounds at the time.
Tom Wolfe reportedly nabbed a $7 million advance for his last novel, Back to Blood, but so far, the book has only sold 62,000 copies (not including sales at Walmart and Sam’s Club). Choire Sicha crunches the numbers and finds that “that's at least a hundred bucks in advance per copy sold.” (You can read Eric Benson’s Bookforum review of the novel here.)
To mark the fiftieth anniversary of Sylvia Plath’s death, the Guardian hosts
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