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Isabel Allende
Santiago de Chile 2 Aug. 1942 • Chilean novelist




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Isabel Allende was born in Peru, the daughter of a Chilean diplomat. After her parents' divorce, she spent her childhood in her maternal grandparents' household; she was especially close to her grandmother, a believer in the occult. When Allende's mother remarried another diplomat, Isabel left Chile to live during her adolescence in Bolivia, the Middle East, and Europe. She began her career by working as a journalist in Chile, writing articles for a radical women's magazine and eventually creating her own television program. In 1970 her father's first cousin, Dr. Salvador Allende Gossens, became the first Marxist-Leninist to be freely elected as president of Chile. Three years later he was assassinated by Augusto Pinochet Ugarte, who instituted a repressive military dictatorship backed by the United States until 1990. Allende and her family fled to Venezuela; she felt that my life had been cut into pieces and that I had to start over again'.

In 1981, after the death of her grandparents, Allende began to write her first work of long fiction. This was the internationally acclaimed novel 'The House of the Spirits (1982), a chronicle of several generations of an imaginary family in Chile based on her memories of her own family. She has said that 'in Latin America, we value dreams, passions, obsessions, emotions, and all that which is very important to our lives has a place in literature – our sense of family, our sense of religion, of superstition too. . . . Fantastic things happen every day in Latin America – it's not that we make them up'.

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BOOKS BY ISABEL ALLENDE:

The House of the Spirits
1985
The saga of the Trueba family, whose passions, struggles and secrets span three generations and a century of violent social change.
WHAT TO READ AFTER HOUSE OF THE SPIRITS?

TOMBOLA
One Hundred Years of Solitude
Gabriel García Márquez, 1967

Breath, Eyes, Memory
Edwidge Danticat, 1994

Zorro
2004
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A swashbuckling adventure story that reveals for the first time how Diego de la Vega became the masked man we all know so well.
Eva Luna
1987
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
2006
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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