Lot 666: Intriguing pair of ALSs in Spanish, both signed "Pablo," totaling three pages, Isla Negra letterhead, no date but circa 1969. The first is to his neighbor Carlos Matus, in full (translated): "I need (confidentially) a business advisor, that is knowledgeable in ex-and-importations, that is familiar with economics, that he not be an abstract economist but rather an entrepreneur of treaties, markets, shipping, exchange, etc. In Codelco, Bco. Central, Corfo, might not there be someone, who also would be U.P. on the inside, with a kindly exterior, a tiger in business (of the nation), selfless, patriotic, well educated. Knowledgeable in foreign languages, without prejudices, nor complexes, hardworking, and consistent? If there is, I await advice to my ear, but soon!" Includes its original transmittal envelope addressed in Neruda's hand: "Top Secret. Mister Carlos Matus, Isla Negra." The second letter, headed, "Letter for congressman enclosed, hopefully you will find a messenger," in full (translated): "Marisol is the sculptor. Book with return (!) Don't be antisocial, come have a drink at 8 1/2. We're alone." Intersecting folds and scattered creases to letters, and tears to the top of the envelope, otherwise overall fine condition. Accompanied by a printed invitation to a family luncheon. Carlos Matus was an economist who served in various official capacities in Salvador Allende's government; "U.P.," mentioned by Neruda in the first letter, refers to Allende's party Unidad Popular. Neruda was politically active throughout his life, having held diplomatic positions in Burma, Argentina, and Spain. He moved to the far left during the Spanish Civil War and continued to espouse radical views for the rest of his life. These letters demonstrate Neruda's unusual ability to navigate within the realms of art and politics, with one mentioning the sculptor Marisol and the other touching upon international economics.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 460
Wednesday, 16th September 2015
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