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Video: Isabel Allende — Tales of Passion

What is more real than the real? The story.


With charm, humor and passion, Isabel Allende delivers a series of stories about women with passionate hearts who survive difficult lives.


Isabel Allende is a novelist and memoirist. Born into a Chilean family with political ties, she went into exile in the United States in the 1970s—an event that, she believes, created her as a writer. Her voice blends sweeping narrative with touches of magical realism; her stories are romantic, in the very best sense of the word. Her novels include The House of the SpiritsEva Luna and The Stories of Eva Luna, and her latest, Maya’s Notebook and RipperShe has also written an adventure trilogy for young readers— City of the BeastsKingdom of the Golden Dragon and Forest of the Pygmies.

As a memoirist, she has written about her vision of her lost Chile, in My Invented Country, and movingly tells the story of her life to her own daughter, in PaulaHer book Aphrodite: A Memoir of the Senses memorably linked two sections of the bookstore that don’t see much crossover: Erotica and Cookbooks. Just as vital is her community work: The Isabel Allende Foundation works with nonprofits in the San Francisco Bay Area and Chile to empower and protect women and girls—understanding that empowering women is the only true route to social and economic justice.

Running time: 18 minutes

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Isabel Allende (Photo: Literary Arts)

2 comments on “Video: Isabel Allende — Tales of Passion

  1. Georganne Spruce
    March 22, 2020

    Powerful message! She’s got it right!

    Liked by 1 person

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