by Pablo Neruda.Farrar, Straus&Giroux, $11.95. Boy in the cold South, poetical university student, Chilean consul in the Orient, participant in the Spanish Civil War, Communist politician, diplomat, senator, world traveler, Nobel Prize-winner, and acquaintance of everybody—for a poet, Neruda covered a great deal of ground. He describes it all with humor, excitement, exasperation, love, and, as the Allende government goes under, despair. Translated by Hardie St. Martin.