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Niece and goddaughter of former Chilean president Salvador Allende, Isabel Allende was forced to flee Chile after the 1973 military coup. She now lives in California, writing novels infused with deep knowledge and feeling about the human experience. Her gift for luxuriant sensuality comes through in this dialogue. "I'm so aware of death," she says. "I enjoy so much the things that I should enjoy ... with a feeling that they may be gone in five minutes." She tells the moving story of her daughter's death, and how the stories of people she meets find their way into her writing: "Every book," she says, "is triggered by a very strong emotion that has been with me for a long time, and usually that emotion is painful. However, the process of writing is so joyful." It is this rich involvement with the heart and soul of humanity that lends depth to her life and writing, and truth to her fiction. She describes her writing process and philosophy, the differences between Latin American and U.S. family life, her attitude about death and her optimism for humanity's future. (hosted by Michael Toms)
Isabel Allende is a Chilean-American writer. She the niece and goddaughter of former Chilean president Salvador Allende. She was forced to flee Chile after the 1973 military coup. In 2004 she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Isabel Allende’s books include:
To learn more about the work of Isabel Allende go to www.isabelallende.com.
Host: Michael Toms Interview Date: 5/17/1993 Program Number: 2384
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Opening Essay: Track 01 La FogataMusic Break 3: Track 11 The Children’s Garden
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Music Break 1: Track 04 La Verguenza (Shame)Music Break 2: Track 06 Pequeña Serenata Diurna (Little Daily Serenade)Music Break: End of program Track 06 Pequeña Serenata Diurna (Little Daily Serenade) (reprise)
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