Isabel Allende

Chilean writer

Isabel Allende (Spanish pronunciation: [isaˈβel aˈʝende] (audio speaker iconlisten); born August 2, 1942) is a Chilean-American writer.[2][3] Allende is known for novels such as The House of the Spirits (La casa de los espíritus, 1982) and City of the Beasts (La ciudad de las bestias, 2002).

Isabel Allende
Allende in Barcelona, 2008
Allende in Barcelona, 2008
BornIsabel Allende Llona
(1942-08-02) 2 August 1942 (age 81)
Lima, Peru
CitizenshipChilean-United States
Notable awards
  • Miguel Frías (1962–1987)
  • Willie Gordon (1988–2015)
  • Roger Cukras (m 2019)
ChildrenPaula Frías Allende, Nicolás Frías.
RelativesSalvador Allende (uncle)
Isabel Allende (cousin)

Allende has been called "the world's most widely read Spanish-language author."[4]

In 2004, Allende was added into the American Academy of Arts and Letters,[5] and in 2010, she received Chile's National Literature Prize.[6]

President Barack Obama awarded her the 2014 Presidential Medal of Freedom.[1]

Her father was a first cousin of Salvador Allende, President of Chile from 1970 to 1973.[7][8][9]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Schulman, Kori (10 November 2014). "President Obama Announces the Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipients". Retrieved 25 March 2020. The following individuals will be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in a ceremony at the White House on November 24th, 2014: ... Isabel Allende is a highly acclaimed author of 21 books that have sold 65 million copies in 35 languages. She has been recognized with numerous awards internationally. She received the prestigious National Literary Award in Chile, her country of origin, and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
  2. George, Priya (May 3, 2010). "Isabel Allende: "Big Think Interview with Isabel Allende" June 16, 2010"". Big Think. Archived from the original on 21 December 2013. Retrieved 24 November 2014. Question: Why did you choose to move to the U.S. and become a citizen?
    Isabel Allende: Yes, I came to the United States because I fell in love and I forced my guy—I forced him into marriage. And so I became a resident. And then I realized that I couldn't bring my children. I couldn't sponsor my children if I wasn't a citizen. So I became a citizen. But by then, I had learned to love this country; I have received a lot from this country. I'm very critical, but at the same time I'm very grateful. And I want to give back. I belong here.
  3. Isabel Allende: "¡Escribo bien! Por lo menos admítanme eso" Emol, 17 December 2009

    Vengo a Chile por lo menos tres veces al año, me comunico con Chile todos los días a través de Skype con mi mamá, estoy enterada de lo que pasa y cuando me preguntan 'qué eres' digo automáticamente 'chilena'. Vivo en América, pero me siento profundamente chilena en la manera de vivir, de ser: soy mandona, metete, dominante, intrusa, hospitalaria, tribal.

    I come to Chile at least three times a year, I communicate with Chile every day through Skype with my mother, I know what is happening and when they ask me 'what are you' I automatically say 'Chilean'. I live in America, but I feel deeply Chilean in the way of living, of being: I am bossy, messy, dominant, intrusive, hospitable, tribal.

  4. "Latin American Herald Tribune - Isabel Allende Named to Council of Cervantes Institute". Latin American Herald Tribune. Archived from the original on 30 April 2011. Retrieved 11 November 2017. MADRIDSpain's Cabinet announced Friday the appointment of Isabel Allende, the world's most widely read Spanish-language author, to the Council of the Cervantes Institute, whose mission is promoting the language, literature and culture of the Iberian nation.
  5. "American Academy of Arts and Letters – Current Members". Archived from the original on 24 June 2016. Retrieved 2012-12-21.
  6. "Isabel Allende gana el Premio Nacional de Literatura tras intenso lobby | Cultura". La Tercera. 1 January 1990. Archived from the original on 28 July 2013. Retrieved 21 December 2012.
  7. Review: The undefeated: A life in writing: Often compared to Gabriel García Márquez, Isabel Allende is more interested in telling stories about her own life, her difficult upbringing, marriage, and her daughter's death. Aida Edemariam. The Guardian (London) – Final Edition. GUARDIAN REVIEW PAGES; Pg. 11. 28 April 2007 Isabel Allende website
  8. Shirley Christian, Santiago Journal; Allende's Widow Meditates Anew on a Day in '73, The New York Times. Section A; Page 4, Column 3; Foreign Atlas. 5 June 1990
  9. Veronica Ross, Sewing didn't cut it for Inés, Guelph Mercury (Ontario, Canada). BOOKS; Pg. C5. 3 March 2007