Remembering Víctor Jara

As the Guardian reported today that, "Chile’s government has acknowledged that Nobel-prize winning poet Pablo Neruda might have been killed after the 1973 coup that brought General Augusto Pinochet to power," we pause to remember Víctor Jara, the legendary Chilean singer, songwriter, guitarist and theatre director.

A leader of the New Song Movement, in the aftermath of the military coup of 1973, Jara was arrested, imprisoned and executed. 

His collected poems, His Hands Were Gentle edited by the brilliant Martín Espada and with a foreword by Emma Thompson,  were published by Smokestack Books in 2012

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