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An Evening With Novelist Isabel Allende Jan. 18 At U.Va.

January 7, 2002-- Isabel Allende, the internationally celebrated Latin American writer, will discuss her work and a broad range of topics at a special literary event at the University of Virginia on Friday, Jan. 18.

The program, "An Evening With Isabel Allende," will be held at 8 p.m. in Old Cabell Hall Auditorium and is free and open to the public. David T. Gies, U.Va. Commonwealth Professor of Spanish, will introduce Allende and moderate the event, which will include audience questions. Early arrival is suggested. A book-signing will follow.

Allende, whose best-selling novels include "The House of the Spirits," "Of Love and Shadows," "Eva Luna," "Aphrodite," "Daughter of Fortune," and most recently, "Portrait in Sepia," is the niece and goddaughter of the former Chilean President Salvador Allende. When he was assassinated in 1973, she was forced to leave Chile and worked as a journalist elsewhere in Latin America for a number of years.

In 1982, publication of "The House of the Spirits," her first novel, brought her widespread acclaim. A story of three generations set against a backdrop of Chile’s stormy history, the novel was made into a movie, as was "Of Love and Shadows."

Her moving 1995 autobiographical work, "Paula," is dedicated to her daughter, who earned an M.A. in psychology from U.Va. and died at age 28 of a rare hereditary disease.

Allende’s work has been translated from its original Spanish into many languages worldwide. Her writing, noted for its power and originality, often combines Latin American history with the lives of memorable fictional characters and vivid stories. A visiting lecturer in U.Va.’s Spanish department in 1988, she currently lives in California.

Her Jan. 18 appearance is sponsored by U.Va.’s Spanish department and several other Arts and Sciences departments and programs. For additional information please call (434) 924-7159.

Public contact: U.Va. Spanish Department (434) 924-7159

Media contact: Bob Brickhouse, (434) 924-6856

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (804) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (804) 924-7550.
SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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