The 'puzzle' of the legacy of Nicanor Parra, the Chilean anti-poet | EUROtoday

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A decade earlier than the Chilean Nicanor Parra died in the summertime of 2018, on the age of 103, he granted an influence of legal professional by public deed to his daughter Colombina Parra Tuca, a musical composer, the fifth of his six heirs, to ascertain a basis devoted to protect his legacy. With that concept in thoughts, the poet wrote his will in 2017, wherein he named the youngest of his daughters as executor and beneficiary of 58.3% of the inheritance. Just a couple of months after the demise of probably the most necessary writers in Latin America within the twentieth century, the Nicanor Parra Foundation was established. The two youngsters who dwell exterior Chile, Alberto and Catalina Parra Troncoso, nevertheless, opposed its creation and started a authorized battle in opposition to their 4 brothers to annul their father's will: they argued that his powers had been diminished when he wrote his final willpower.

In 1969, the 12 months that Parra gained the National Literature Prize, he revealed the compendium Gross Work (Editorial Universitaria), which included a poem entitled Latest Instructions. The work, as its title signifies, is a listing of orders that needed to be carried out on the writer's funeral. “The will of the dead be fulfilled,” learn one verse. And that was a little bit of what the Parra clan's six years of lawsuits, litigation and sophisticated negotiations had been. Alberto and Catalina, represented by Andrés Cabello, needed to resolve the succession in a standard and odd manner. The different youngsters —Francisca Parra Troncoso, Juan de Dios Shack Parra Tuca, Nicanor Chamaco Parra Muñoz and Colombina—suggested by lawyer Luis Valentín Ferrada, sought to make the division making an allowance for the artist's cultural and patrimonial legacy.

The poet's 5 properties had been at challenge: the home in Isla Negra and Las Cruces, within the Valparaíso Region, and people in Huechuraba, Peñalolén and La Reina, within the Chilean capital. That, added to the financial institution values, amounted to a internet value of three.4 billion pesos (about 3.5 million {dollars}). Colombina acted as executor for a 12 months and, in March 2019, the twenty fourth Civil Court of Santiago appointed a provisional administrator to handle the inheritance, the lawyer José Alfredo Rojas.

People pay tribute to Nicanor Parra at the cathedral in Santiago, on January 24, 2018.
People pay tribute to Nicanor Parra within the Santiago cathedral, on January 24, 2018.Luis Hidalgo (AP)

At the top of final May, the dispute over the need was settled. The Nicanor Parra Foundation would be the proprietor of property with cultural and heritage connotations, resembling the home in Las Cruces, the place Parra lived the final stage of his life, and the place he’s buried. Also the Queen's home, which can finally operate as the muse's workplaces, plus a surrounding web site of as much as 2,000 meters on indefinite mortgage.

One of the poet's issues earlier than dying was to recuperate his private notebooks that had been bought in a foul manner by one in all his kinfolk. After a number of years of looking out, the crew near Parra managed to rescue a dozen unpublished notebooks and one other dozen artifacts. Like the copyright, it is going to go to the muse.

A collection of work by Violeta, to the muse of Nicanor

The basis, which shall be chaired by Colombina, is the primary to be awarded the property. Then come the youngsters. The Chilean lawyer and rector of the Diego Portales University, Carlos Peña, one of many administrators of the muse, acted as mediator within the dispute. Now, within the distribution of the property particularly, which shall be by mutual settlement, he’ll determine, on behalf of each events, when there is no such thing as a consensus. In parallel to this course of, the reform of the statutes shall be carried out, in order that the complete household will take part within the challenge of the muse. Peña explains to EL PAIS that every inheritor receives the identical share or hereditary portion and that the properties “will be destined for museums or places of public access.” The system was unanimous among the many heirs, he says, who lastly agreed to safeguard Parra's work and the equal distribution.

When the poet's sister, the enduring singer-songwriter Violeta Parra, died in 1967, Nicanor acquired a collection of work, most of them in oil. The Violeta Parra Foundation requested its restitution after the demise of the 2012 Cervantes Prize, arguing that they got to Nicanor for safety causes after the navy coup of 1973. The settlement between the brothers stipulates that they continue to be for the Nicanor Parra Foundation, chaired by Colombina . The political scientist and good friend of the poet, Carmen Fariña, will function secretary, and Francisca Panchita Parra, the second daughter of the writer of Poems and Antipoemswill function treasurer. Those who know her describe her because the residing portrait of the Parra spirit: clever and distant.

Since the settlement was reached, Nicanor's youngsters have remained fully silent. Rector Peña is performing as spokesman, though it’s anticipated that within the coming weeks the totally different branches of the Parra household will make a public assertion after years of battle over probably the most necessary cultural legacies of Chile, a rustic of poets.

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