1942-, Chilean novelist. Since the 1973 coup that deposed her uncle, President Salvador Allende Gossens
, Isabel Allende, who is among the most notable contemporary Chilean writers, has lived abroad, for many of those years in California. Her fiction is distinguished by its fusion of traditional realism with political (including feminist) concerns. Her first and best-known novel, The House of Spirits
(1982, tr. 1985), which reflects the influence of Gabriel García Márquez
and the technique of magic realism
, tells the story of a Chilean family over three generations. Allende's fiction also includes Of Love and Shadows
(1984, tr. 1987); Eva Luna
(1987, tr. 1988); The Infinite Plan
(1991, tr. 1993), her first work set in the United States; Daughter of Fortune
(1998, tr. 1999); Portrait in Sepia
(2001); and Inés of My Soul
(2006), the fictionalized life of a 16th-century conquistadora.
See her memoirs, Paula (1994, tr. 1995), Aphrodite: A Memoir of the Senses (1997, tr. 1998), and My Invented Country (2003); J. Rodden, ed., Conversations with Isabel Allende (1999, repr. 2004); studies by W. Zinsser (1989), P. Hart (1989), S. R. Rojas and E. Aguirre, ed. (1991), R. G. Feal and Y. E. Miller, ed. (2002), L. G. Levine (2002), H. Bloom, ed. (2003), and K. C. Cox (2003).
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