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Critical Insights: Isabel Allende

The border between fact and fiction has always been a porous one for Isabel Allende. Her acclaimed first novel, The House of the Spirits, began as a letter to her dying grandfather yet is filled with ghosts and green-haired and clairvoyant women; her memoir Paula, though ostensibly nonfiction, is a moving and highly imaginative account of her family history and the illness and death of her daughter, Paula. Even in the many interviews she has given, Allende has embellished the details of her life to captivate and charm her readers.

This volume in the Critical Insights series brings together a variety of essays on this Chilean Scheherazade. Topics include an assessment of Allende's career and her growth as a writer, her relation to magical realism, and a measured examination of how her life has informed her work

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