The world-famous Chilean author reveals her passionate engagement with life and politics. She has written nearly twenty novels, the most famous of which are The House of the Spirits, Paula and Aphrodite. Her books have sold more than thirty-five million copies in over thirty languages. Born in Peru in 1942 and raised in her grandparent s house in Chile, she started her career as a journalist. After the Chilean army overthrew her uncle Salvador Allende s government, she spent thirteen years in political exile in Venezuela before love finally brought her to live in the United States. Isabel Allende manages to transform her passionate and painful life into literature, exorcizing her experiences onto the page. Each of her most successful novels marks an important part or even watershed in her biography, like the tragic loss of her 28-year-old daughter Paula who died in Spain from a metabolic disease. The film contains intimate interviews with her and her close companions and reveals her complicated personality. Several of her readers explain how meaningful her books are to them.
Video — 1 videodisc (58 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Isabel Allende discusses how various familial relationships influenced her life and literary career. Includes commentary by her mother, stepfather and second husband. Particular attention is given to the death of Allende's daughter, Paula.