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Isabel Allende

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the-house-of-the-spirits-isabel-allende_v3Main CharactersLOVERSMOTHERFATHERSPOUSESPedro TerceroSon of a peasant; passionate socialist and musicianAlbaPart of a new, hopeful generation; records the family historyClaraClairvoyant; prefers spiritual realm to realityBlancaPractical but passionate; defies her fatherEsteban TruebaViolent, powerful Trueba family patriarchThe House of the Spiritsby the NumbersYear Allende was presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama2014Year in which a film adaptation of The House of the Spirits, starring Jeremy Irons and Meryl Streep, was released19931/8Date when Allende begins writing her books, a tradition started in 1981 with the letter to her grandfather that became The House of the Spirits iconYear the Pinochet regime in Chile blacklisted Allende, leading to her self-imposed exile in Venezuela 1975Big House on the CornerRepresents a safe harbor where reality and enchantment mix togetherSymbolsSpiritsSymbolize the comfort that comes from knowing powerful forces and loved ones are always presentSources: Encyclopaedia Britannica,, New York TimesCopyright © 2017 Course Hero, Inc.Blanca, Chapter 10don't want you to be poor like me or … to depend on a man.Allende drew inspiration from childhood memories and the Latin American literary tradition of magical realism to write The House of the Spirits. The novel also reflects Allende's experiences during the Pinochet regime in Chile, whose 1973 coup resulted in the death of her cousin, President Salvador Allende.ISABEL ALLENDEBORN 1942AuthorSet in an unnamed South American country resembling Chile, The House of the Spirits spans several generations of the wealthy, powerful Trueba family and the peasant Garcia family. Turbulent politics and violence permeate the story, as do deeply felt love, spirits, and magical realism.Epic Love, Violence & Redemption THEMESChangeEven stubborn Esteban eventually accepts that change is inevitable and sometimes welcomed.Violence & SufferingEsteban's violent actions result in suffering for the women of his family.SilenceClara falls silent to feel peace, escape to the spiritual realm, and experience personal growth.Importance of Written RecordsClara's written history preserves the facts of what happens.DramaSpanishOriginal Language1982Year PublishedIsabel AllendeAuthorThe House of the SpiritsNovel

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