Facts About Isabel Allende

Isabel Allende was a Chilean Latin American journalist and professor. She was a creative writer and has written many fictional novels. She is a godchild of the late former president of Chile (1970 – 1973) Salvador Allende. She is one of the most celebrated and renowned fiction writer of Chile. Unearth more information and facts about Isabel Allende.

  1. Relation With  Politics

She born on August 2, 1942 in Lima, Peru, while her father, Tomás Allende, served as secretary of the Chilean embassy in that country. Former Chilean President Salvador Allende was her Godfather.

She is, in fact, often confused with the daughter of Salvador Allende (former president of Chile) who is also called Isabel, she is actually her niece.

  1. Most Successful Books

Her bestselling books include “The House of the Seven Mirrors” (1975), “The House of the Spirits” (1982), “Eva Luna” (1987) and “The city of beasts” (2002). Some of her books were also adopted in famous movies.

  1. Isabel Was Expelled from School of German Nuns

She was expelled from the school of German nuns when she was about six years old. She was expelled because she had promoted a sock contest, in which, inevitably, one had to show her legs.

  1. Isabel Began a Novel on Every January 8

On January 8, 1981, she was told that her grandfather was about to die. She began writing a letter on the morning of that January 8th which was the beginning of her novel The House of the Spirits. Since then, she began a novel on every January 8th.

  1. Isabel’s Time in Exile

She went into exile in Venezuela until 1988 due to the coup d’état against her godfather by Augusto Pinochet in 1973. During this time, she worked in the newspaper El Nacional de Caracas and in a secondary school until 1982. She also published her first work La Casa De Los Espiritus during her time in Venezuela

  1. Allende’s Writings Were a Boost to Feminists

Allende became a renowned author in the male-dominated world of Latin America. Her career proved to be a feminist force.

  1. Allende Won Several Accolades

She had 14 international doctorates, including one from Harvard University (2014) and another from the University of Santiago de Chile (2015). Her works have been translated into 35 languages and she sold more than 67 million copies.

  1. Isabel Ran a Charitable Organization in Honor of Her Daughter

Her daughter, Paula, died in 1992, after which she established Isabel Allende Foundation, a charitable organization dedicated to the protection and empowerment of women and children throughout the world.

As a result of the death of her daughter, she wrote the book, “Sum Of Our Days” in 1996, that bears the same name and its continuation.

  1. Criticism Received

Many critics described the work of Isabel in “The House of the Spirits” as the feminist version of One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Márquez.

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