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“Isabelle Allende”
While working as a translator, translating English novels to Spanish, Isabel Allende was fired for taking it upon herself to change the female protagonist to make her seem more self-sufficient, charitable, and smart. Furthermore, it comes as no surprise that several of her novels revolve around the theme of women challenging male authority. Her themes center on women’s experiences as well as magic and mysticism and stem from her own life experiences.
Isabel Allende was born to father Tomas Allende, Chilean diplomat in Peru, and Francisca Llona Barrios on August 2, 1942. At age 3 her father “disappeared” and Barrios was forced to take on the role of mother and father. So she chose to relocate with her three children to Chile. This would be the first of many “homes” for Allende. In fact, she moves so much during an interview she stated, “I have been a foreigner all my life” (Sethi).
However, the decision to constantly relocate was not always voluntary but rather necessary. For instance, in 1973 when she was contracted by a military coup, that had brought Augusto Pinochet to power, to help people who were on the wanted list escape. This ceased when Allende discovered her name on the list at which point she decided to flee to Venezuela where she held residence for 13 years. Even though some of her travels hold unpleasant memories one that brought her much joy was her trip to California in 1988. Here she met her second husband Willie Gordon.
Allende’s first marriage was to Miguel Frias with whom she had two children Paula and Nicolas. Her daughter Paula was actually one of the main characters in a novel Allende wrote titled, Paula. The novel Paula is similar to The House of the Spirits both of which are letters to loved ones. Paula had fallen victim to Porphyria which caused her to slip into a coma from which she never awoke. The letters were…...

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