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Isabel Allende was born in 1942 in Lima, Peru, the daughter of a Chilean diplomat. When her parents separated, young Isabel moved with her mother to Chile, where she spent the rest of her childhood. She married at the age of 19 and had two children, Paula and Nicolas. Her uncle was Salvador Allende, the president of Chile. When he was overthrown in the coup of 1973, she fled Chile, moving to Caracas, Venezuela. While living in Venezuela, Allende began writing her novels, many of them exploring the close family bonds between women. Her first novel, The House of the Spirits, has been translated into 27 languages, and was later made into a film. She then wrote Of Love and Shadows, Eva Luna, and The Stories of Eva Luna, all set in Latin America. The Infinite Plan was her first novel to take place in the United States. She explores the issues of human rights and the plight of immigrants and refugees in her novel, In The Midst of Winter. In Paula, Allende wrote her memoirs in connection with her daughter's illness and death. She delved into the erotic connections between food and love in Aphrodite: A Memoir of the Senses. In addition to writing books, Allende has worked as a TV interviewer, magazine writer, school administrator, and a secretary at a U.N. office in Chile. She received the 1996 Harold Washington Literacy Award. She lives in California. Her title Maya's Notebook made The New York Times Best Seller List in 2013. (Bowker Author Biography)
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Isabel Allende Llona (b. 1942), Chilean born novelist (US citizen since 2003). Do not confuse with María Isabel Allende Bussi (b. 1945), daughter of former Chilean president Salvador Allende; cousin of the novelist.

The House of the Spirits 12,519 copies, 220 reviews
Daughter of Fortune 7,949 copies, 174 reviews
Eva Luna 4,588 copies, 64 reviews
Portrait in Sepia 3,818 copies, 63 reviews
Paula 3,598 copies, 83 reviews
Zorro 3,123 copies, 111 reviews
City of the Beasts 3,108 copies, 65 reviews
Of Love and Shadows 2,928 copies, 47 reviews
The Stories of Eva Luna 2,633 copies, 27 reviews
Inés of My Soul 2,401 copies, 80 reviews
Island Beneath the Sea 2,192 copies, 107 reviews
The Infinite Plan 2,169 copies, 37 reviews
My Invented Country: A Memoir 1,720 copies, 40 reviews
The Japanese Lover 1,635 copies, 97 reviews
Kingdom of the Golden Dragon 1,561 copies, 20 reviews
Aphrodite: A Memoir of the Senses 1,476 copies, 18 reviews
The Sum of Our Days: A Memoir 1,157 copies, 35 reviews
Forest of the Pygmies 1,153 copies, 12 reviews
A Long Petal of the Sea 1,092 copies, 56 reviews
Maya's Notebook 982 copies, 62 reviews
Ripper 882 copies, 66 reviews
In the Midst of Winter 874 copies, 45 reviews
Violeta 271 copies, 15 reviews
The Soul of a Woman 178 copies, 8 reviews
Journeys of Jaguar and Eagle 59 copies, 1 review
Cartas de Paula (Editor) 37 copies, 1 review
Guggenheim Lovers 21 copies, 2 reviews
Sargasso 11 copies
Als je mijn hart beroert (Author) 10 copies
Relatos de amor 5 copies, 1 review
Nina perversa 5 copies
Two Words 4 copies
El sexo y yo 2 copies
The Girls 1 copy
Impunity 1 copy
Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent (Foreword, some editions) 2,091 copies, 37 reviews
The Oxford Book of Gothic Tales (Contributor) 491 copies, 6 reviews
Black Water 2: More Tales of the Fantastic (Contributor) 141 copies, 3 reviews
Murder & Other Acts of Literature (Contributor) 135 copies, 1 review
Granta 21: The Story-Teller (Contributor) 128 copies, 1 review
Granta 33: What Went Wrong? (Contributor) 120 copies
The Gates of Paradise (Contributor) 101 copies, 2 reviews
The Penguin Book of Erotic Stories by Women (Contributor) 74 copies, 1 review
Huellas de las literaturas hispanoamericanas (Contributor) 48 copies, 1 review
In Praise of Women (Foreword) 15 copies
Tales of Zorro (Afterword) 14 copies
Of Love and Shadows [1994 film] (Original novel) 3 copies, 1 review

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Born in Peru and raised in Chile, Isabel Allende is the author of eight novels, including, most recently, Violeta, Zorro, Portrait in Sepia, and Daughter of Fortune. She has also written a collection of stories; three memoirs, including My Invented Country and Paula; and a trilogy of children's novels. Her books have been translated into more than twenty-seven languages and have become bestsellers across four continents. In 2004 she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Isabel Allende lives in California.
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Isabel Allende Llona (b. 1942), Chilean born novelist (US citizen since 2003).
Do not confuse with María Isabel Allende Bussi (b. 1945), daughter of former Chilean president Salvador Allende; cousin of the novelist.

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