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"It comes from the time of the boom of Latin American literature in the 80s, the 70s and 80s. And now it’s passe completely. The new generations of writers don’t want to have anything to do with magic realism. But in my case, I feel that life is very mysterious. Things happen that I can’t control, that I can’t explain. And if I accept all that in my life, it comes naturally in my writing. But it is not like salt and pepper that you can sprinkle over anything you write. No, it doesn’t work that way."
Isabel Allende on magical realism, in response to Sir David’s question, “Often people talk about your writing as being in the magical realism tradition.  What does that mean?”
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Isabel Allende with Brazilian artist Carybé

Isabel Allende with Brazilian artist Carybé

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Sir David interviews Isabel Allende about her memoir, The Sum of Our Days

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Isabel Allende at the Opening Ceremony of the 2006 Winter Olympics

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Allende in translation

Q. Do you work closely with your translator? I notice that Margaret Sayers Peden has translated most of your books into English.

A. Margaret and I are always in touch; I believe we have a psychic connection. She does a splendid job. I do not dream of correcting her! In most other languages, however, I don’t even know who translates my work. The publishers take care of that. Margaret retired in 2010 and now my translator into English is Anne McLean.

Check out more of Allende’s answers to faq here.

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In 1993, The House of the Spirits was adapted into a film starring Antonio Banderas, Jeremy Irons, Meryl Streep, Winona Ryder, and Glenn Close.  It was critically panned for several reasons, not the least of which was the casting of white American actors in Latin American roles.
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In 1993, The House of the Spirits was adapted into a film starring Antonio Banderas, Jeremy Irons, Meryl Streep, Winona Ryder, and Glenn Close.  It was critically panned for several reasons, not the least of which was the casting of white American actors in Latin American roles.

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Isabel Allende speaks about women, feminism, and passion.

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Isabel Allende on truth and writing

What is True?, Isabel Allende

In The Book of Embraces, Eduardo Galeano has a short story that I love. To me, it is a splendid metaphor of writing:

There was an old and solitary man who spent most of his time in bed. There were rumors that he had a treasure hidden in his house. One day some thieves broke in, they searched everywhere and found a chest in the cellar. They went off with it and when they opened it they found that it was filled with letters. They were the love letters the old man had received all over the course of his long life. The thieves were going to burn the letters, but they talked it over and finally decided to return them. One by one. One a week. Since then, every Monday at noon, the old man would be waiting for the postman to appear. As soon as he saw him, he would start running and the postman, who knew all about it, held the letter ready in his hand. And even St. Peter could hear the beating of that heart, crazed with joy at receiving a message from a woman.

Isn’t this the playful substance of literature? An event transformed by poetic truth? Writers are like those good thieves. They take something that is real, like the letters, and by a trick of magic they transform it into something totally fresh. That is the best part of writing: finding the hidden treasures, giving sparkle to worn out events, invigorating the tired soul with imagination, creating some kind of truth with many lies.

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Isabel Allende on the birth of The House of the Spirits

A Spiritual Letter, Isabel Allende

My fate changed on January 8, 1981. That day we received a phone call in Caracas that my grandfather was dying. I could not go back to Chile to bid him farewell, so that evening I started a sort of spiritual letter for that beloved old man. I assumed that he would not live to read it, but that didn’t stop me. I wrote the first sentence in a trance: “Barrabas came to us by sea.” Who was Barrabas, why did he come by sea? I didn’t have the foggiest idea, but I continued writing like a maniac until dawn, when exhaustion defeated me and I crawled to my bed. “What were you doing?” my husband mumbled. “Magic,” I answered. And indeed, magic it was. The following evening after dinner, again I locked myself in the kitchen to write. I wrote every night, oblivious to the fact that my grandfather had died. The text grew like a gigantic organism with many tentacles, and by the end of the year I had five hundred pages on the kitchen counter. It didn’t look like a letter anymore. My first novel, The House of the Spirits, had been born. I had found the only thing that I really wanted to do: write stories.

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Isabel Allende’s grandfather, Agustin Llona Cuevas.  When Allende heard of her grandfather’s impending death, she began a letter to him that would later become The House of the Spirits.

Isabel Allende’s grandfather, Agustin Llona Cuevas.  When Allende heard of her grandfather’s impending death, she began a letter to him that would later become The House of the Spirits.

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theatrical adaptation of The House of the Spirits

Caridad Svich’s award-winning theatrical adaptation of The House of the Spirits is showing in Albuquerque, New Mexico, through December 18th and will be showing in Tempe, Arizona, in April.

Praise for the play

“Like rain when it’s dry and ice cream in the summer – you can’t say no to the writing of Caridad Svich; you need it, you deserve it. Her mind is generous and nimble; she is capable of subtlety at the highest levels of refinement, and is also inexhaustibly cruel (ice cream is cold as well as sweet) – she is fearless, and will go to every limit in composing an experience. Her talents and perseverance make her a dreamy match for Allende; I can’t imagine a finer adaptor. She has construed a piece that is respectfully literary, while also affirming her own clear voice; the piece is fully theatrical, and Svich does much here to crack the classic problems of the epic on stage – the epic is for her much more than an accumulation of event – it is the risk of the infinite. Here characters and stories continually threaten to spiritualize, yet ultimately remain in their blood. One of our lead writers is writing at the peak of her form. House is a success, a gift.” Erik Ehn, playwright

You can read more about the play (or get tickets) at http://caridadsvich.com/plays/fulllength/the-house-of-the-spiritsla-casa-de-los-espiritus/ but be fore-warned - there is a synopsis which includes spoilers.

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The Magical Realism Book Club

The Magical Realism Book Club is devoted to the appreciation of magical realist literature.  We define “magical realism” quite broadly, applying the term to any works that introduce elements of the fantastic into a detailed, realistic setting in a matter-of-fact way.  (Possible future reads include books by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Haruki Murakami, Sherman Alexie, Italo Calvino, Angela Carter, and anyone else members suggest.)

We will read a new book, chosen by club members, each month.  During the month, we will update the site with posts relevant to the particular book we are reading.  Members are welcome to submit posts during this time period, as long as they contain no spoilers.  At the end of the month, all members are welcome (and encouraged) to submit book reviews or discussion questions to which other members can respond.  Spoilers can be included at this time.

We will have a week of post-reading discussion, at which time we will also vote on books to add to our reading list.  Books will always be chosen at least one month in advance so that members have plenty of time to purchase or borrow the books.  In future, votes from participating followers will be weighted more heavily than those from newcomers.  (We want to make sure that the people deciding upon the books are actually reading and discussing them!)

To encourage member participation and the submission of posts, we will also be hosting a monthly book giveaway!  We’ll post more on this later.

Our Reading List

December 10, 2011 - January 15, 2012:  The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende

January 22, 2012 - February 22, 2012:  The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie

more to follow!

Note to our followers:  Sorry that this post repeats information of which you’re already aware!  Just wanted to compile all the information in one post for any newcomers or potential followers.

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CURRENTLY READING: The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
December 10, 2011 - January 15, 2012
(next up will be The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie, January 22nd - February 22nd)
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CURRENTLY READING: The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende

December 10, 2011 - January 15, 2012

(next up will be The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie, January 22nd - February 22nd)

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