Isabel Allende: Writer
Isabel Allende was a thirty year old, successful journalist when her uncle, Salvador Allende, president of Chile, was overthrown and assassinated. Realizing the danger to her family—her last name put her on the coup’s “most wanted” list--Allende fled to Venezuela with her husband and children. Allende faced great difficulty finding work as a writer in her new country, so she turned her creative energies toward writing a novel, The House of the Spirits (1982) which became an international bestseller and major motion picture.
Isabel Allende celebrated the legacy and lore of her family in both literature and humanitarian efforts. Children today may lack the connections that previous generations felt with relatives both near and far. They can benefit from activities that raise their awareness and educate them about their ancestors, living family members and the folklore that weaves history into ritual and tradition.
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