Isabel Allende: Life and Spirits

Isabel Allende: Life and Spirits

Isabel Allende: Life and Spirits

Isabel Allende: Life and Spirits

Synopsis

"The biography sketches Isabel Allende from her childhood discovery of stories and characters that are later reflected in her writing. It also offers an analysis of Allende's literary works, her ideas on literature, on literary success, and the tragic death of her daughter Paula." Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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I have been asked to write a prologue, not an easy task since this book is about me, and more than commentary, it may seem presumptous. the idea of publishing a book that contains nothing more than my recollections and opinions seems strange to me, for I can't imagine who, other than literature students pressured by a sadistic professor, could be interested. So I don't offer this as a prologue but, having been given these pages, I take the opportunity to explain briefly what the experience has meant to me.

Some years ago, during a book tour in Europe, I was interviewed for a magazine. I found myself facing a journalist who gave every appearance of having just graduated; a photographer and two assistants accompanied him. They set up lights and cameras as if they were planning to photograph the pope for posterity, and the journalist—a handsome young man with his shirt unbuttoned to show a gold medallion on his suntanned chest—asked his first question. [What do you do?] Confused, I didn't know what to answer. He clarified. [They sent me to interview you, but I don't know who you are. Can you tell me what you do?] I thereupon fell victim to one of those irresistible impulses, and told him that I was an opera singer. the truth is, I have always wanted to be a diva, and I couldn't let the opportunity go by. For thirty minutes, I talked about my brilliant career as a soprano and about the many times I had sung with my good friend Placido Domingo, a man for whom, I must confess, I have a certain romantic soft spot. It must be heaven to hear him sing in the shower. the journalist conducted our conversation on the supposition that I was in Europe to sing the lead in La Bohème during . . .

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