Isabel Allende

Famous birthdays for Aug. 2: Charli XCX, Isabel Allende

Aug. 2 (UPI) -- Those born on this date are under the sign of Leo. -- French sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi, designer of the Statue of Liberty, in 1834. -- Author Isabel Allende in 1942 (age 80) -- Actor Victoria Jackson in 1959 (age 63) -- Actor Mary-Louise Parker in...
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Isabel Allende on Thursday's Access Utah

Isabel Allende describes herself as a novelist, feminist, and philanthropist. She is one of the most widely-read authors in the world, having sold more than 75 million books. Chilean born in Peru, Allende won worldwide acclaim in 1982 with the publication of her first novel, The House of the Spirits, which began as a letter to her dying grandfather. Since then, she has authored more than twenty five bestselling and critically acclaimed books, including Daughter of Fortune, Island Beneath the Sea, Paula, The Japanese Lover, A Long Petal of the Sea, The Soul of a Woman and her latest novel, Violeta.
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Isabel Allende: In Chile, the 'old fogeys' need to go

The "old fogeys" of Chilean politics must go, says Isabel Allende -- a stance that is true to form for the novelist, whose latest book "Violeta" is a sweeping epic depicting the transformation between past and present. A new generation has taken power in Chile, and Allende, perhaps the most popular Spanish-language writer on the planet, is welcoming the dawning political era with open arms. "In Chile, the old fogeys of the political and financial world have got to go home -- or to an asylum!" the Chilean author tells AFP during a recent video interview. Gabriel Boric, a leftist who was elected Chile's youngest-ever president at age 35 last month, is already unsettling markets and turning traditional Latin American politics upside down by unveiling a young, women-majority cabinet.

Inspired by her mother, Isabel Allende publishes ‘Violeta’

MIAMI (AP) — Shortly before the coronavirus pandemic began, Isabel Allende suffered one of the greatest losses of her life: The death of her mother. On Tuesday, the Chilean author published “Violeta”, a novel that begins and ends with an epidemic and that covers the last 100 years of history through the eyes of a grandmother inspired by her mom, Panchita, one of the women who marked her the most.