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.
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