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|Inés del alma mía
publisher: Plaza & Janés, Barcelona, 2006
Inés of My Soul
publisher: Querido, Amsterdam, 2006
translation: Margaret Sayers Peden
|Born into a poor family in Spain, Inés, a seamstress, finds herself condemned to a life of hard work without reward or hope for the future. It is the sixteenth century, the beginning of the Spanish conquest of the Americas, and when her shiftless husband disappears to the New World, Inés uses the opportunity to search for him as an excuse to flee her stifling homeland and seek adventure. After her treacherous journey takes her to Peru, she learns that her husband has died in battle. Soon she begins a fiery love affair with a man who will change the course of her life: Pedro de Valdivia, war hero and field marshal to the famed Francisco|| Pizarro.
Valdivia's dream is to succeed where other Spaniards have failed: to become the conquerer of Chile. The natives of Chile are fearsome warriors, and the land is rumored to be barren of gold, but this suits Valdivia, who seeks only honor and glory. Together the lovers Inés Suárez and Pedro de Valdivia will build the new city of Santiago, and they will wage a bloody, ruthless war against the indigenous Chileans, the fierce local Indians led by the chief Michimalonko, and the even fiercer Mapuche from the south. The horrific struggle will change them forever, pulling each of them toward their separate destinies.
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|WHAT TO READ AFTER HOUSE OF THE SPIRITS?|
One Hundred Years of Solitude
Gabriel García Márquez, 1967
Breath, Eyes, Memory
Edwidge Danticat, 1994
A swashbuckling adventure story that reveals for the first time how Diego de la Vega became the masked man we all know so well.
Born in the back room of the mansion where her mother toils, and herself in service from an early age, the enchanting and ever-enchanted Eva Luna escapes oppression through story telling.
|Inés of My Soul|
Only months after the inauguration of Chile's first female president, Allende recounts in her usual sweeping style the grand tale of Doña Inés Suárez (1507-1580), arguably the country's founding mother.
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