Isabel Allende

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Early life and background

Isabel Allende was born on August 2, 1942, in Lima Peru. She is the niece and goddaughter of the former president of Chile, Salvador Allende. She is a Chilean-American writer and novelist who started her career as a journalist.

Cultural heritage

Chile

The culture is a mix of Spanish and indigenous influences.

The most popular sports played in Chile are skiing and surfing because of their coast and mountains. They eat seafood, fruits, vegetables, and wine. There are 4 meals a day. Music and dance are also part of their culture. Their national dance is called Cueca, and their music is Creole which was born from cultural mixture. Most Chileans are Roman Catholics. There are traditional festivals like the Grape Harvest Festival. Visual arts in Chile are abstract and figurative. The Architecture is well-built and complex.

Contributions

Isabel Allende's debut novel, The House of the Spirits, became a bestseller in Spain and Germany. She also wrote Of Love and Shadows which received a Los Angeles Times Book Prize nomination. Another book, Eva Luna, was voted One of the Year's Best Books. She was honored at the Hispanic Heritage Awards for her contributions.

Famous work

Paula

Paula is a memoir Allende wrote which was a tribute to her daughter who was in a coma. Allende wrote the story of her family for her daughter. When her daughter died, it was a hard time for her. She was depressed. She dealt with all of this by writing and that's how this memoir was written. Isabel Allende decided to publish it to help others understand in times of loss.

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Summary

Isabelle Allende is a Chilean-American writer. She grew up in Chile where there is a mix of Spanish and indigenous influences. She's written novels like The House of the Spirits, Of Love and Shadows, and Eva Luna. These novels became bestsellers, received a Los Angeles Times Book Prize nomination, and was voted One of the Year's Best Books. One of her famous works she wrote was a memoir called Paula, dedicated to her daughter who died. All of her contributions were appreciated when she was honored at the Hispanic Heritage Awards.