Isabel Allende The House of the Spirits
Born in Peru and raised in Chile, Isabel Allende became a respected journalist and editor. When her uncle, Salvador Allende, was assassinated in 1973 as part of a right-wing coup, she fled to Venezuela and wrote her first novel, House of the Spirits. She now lives in California.
Her work is often compared favourably with other great writers of South America, and shares with many of them a breadth of narrative and willingness to weave reality, fiction and magic.
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House of the Spirits
Based on Allende's memories of her family and the political upheaval in her native country, the book chronicles the personal and political conflicts in the lives of successive generations of a family in an anonymous Latin American country. These events are principally communicated through the memories of the novel's three central characters: Esteban and Clara, the patriarch and matriarch of the Trueba family, and Alba, their leftist granddaughter. Populated by a memorable and often eccentric cast of characters, it was acclaimed by critics and readers alike.