THE WORLD'S TOP Authors Chile - Isabel Allende ANNIVERSARY Issue 201314 TIF





Isabel Allende




The niece of Salvador Allende, the former President of Chile, Isabel Allende was born in Peru to Chilean parents.  At the age of three her parents divorced, and she moved to Chile with her mother.  With the subsequent marriage of her mother to a diplomat, the family moved to Lebanon.  Ms. Allende returned to Chile to finish high school, and later worked as a journalist until 1973 when Salvador Allende was assassinated in a military coup which brought Augusto Pinochet to power.  Fearing for her safety, Ms. Allende escaped to Venezuela, and later moved to the United States.


It was in Venezuela while working as a journalist that Ms. Allende wrote her first novel, House of Spirits, which was based on her family and the political situation in Chile.  The novel, which follows several generations of a family in a Latin American country, became a worldwide bestseller.  She went on to write additional novels, including Eva Luna and Daughter of Fortune, becoming one of the most important authors of South American literature.  Encouraged by her three grandchildren, Ms. Allende wrote City of the Beasts, her first book for young adults.  In addition to continuing to write books for young readers, she has published several memoirs, including Paula and My Invented Country:  A Nostalgic Journey Through Chile


Ms. Allende’s writing combines magic realism, politics and romance, often presented from a feminine point of view.  She was given membership to the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and was awarded the National Literature Prize of Chile.




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