Lost Footsteps
Lost Footsteps
Pablo Neruda’s Burmese experience
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1920s

Pablo Neruda’s Burmese experience

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What many in Myanmar do not know is that Pablo Neruda lived in Rangoon in the late 1920s, as a (somewhat poor and unhappy) "Honorary Consul" of Chile. During his time here he had a torrid love affair with a Burmese woman (who used the English name "Josie Bliss"). When she became overly possessive and slightly mad, he secretly left for Ceylon, only to find her one day camped out on his front lawn in Colombo with a bag of rice and a collection of records. His memory of her would haunt him throughout his life.

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