Evening With Novelist Isabel Allende Jan. 18 At U.Va.
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.
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
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.
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 Chiles stormy history, the novel
was made into a movie, as was "Of Love and Shadows."
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.
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.
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.
contact: U.Va. Spanish Department (434) 924-7159
contact: Bob Brickhouse, (434) 924-6856