26 October 2013

Isla Negra

Isla Negra (Black Island) was one of Pablo Neruda's houses.  It is located about an hour and a half south of Valparaíso, Chile, and is not at all an island.  Neruda is one of Chile's most famous writers and one of two Nobel Prize in Literature winners from the country.  He is buried here on the 'island,' facing the sea, as he requested.  I'm told the name comes from the color of the house and rocks when seen from afar as Neruda saw them.  They appear (you guest it!) black.  Today this area of the city of El Quisco takes its name from Neruda's home.  

This bell was rung each time Neruda arrived, to tell those around the area he was home.

The tomb of Neruda and his 3rd wife

View from the house
Bust of Neruda with the house in the background.