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Isabel Allende : Reflections

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Summary

  • Chilean novelist Isabel Allende has sold 15 million books in 30 languages over the past two decades. Few living writers receive the critical acclaim, popular following, and consistent sales records that she has enjoyed since the publication of her first novel, The House of the Spirits, in 1982. And yet her own story of exile after the rise of the dictator Pinochet is, perhaps, the most well-known aspect of her life and career. Profiling the author in Chile's capital, Santiago, this extended interview explores her relationship with her homeland, the effects of her upbringing and exile on her writing, her feelings about the Pinochet years in Chile, and how she finds it impossible to tell a story without embellishing the truth.

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  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on Apr. 01, 2010.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
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Contents

  • Isabel Allende: Prolific Writer (1:10) -- Isabel Allende: Daughter of Chile (1:12) -- Pinochet Coup (0:55) -- Chile Remembered (1:50) -- Isabel Allende on Pablo Neruda (1:00) -- Childhood Forms a Writer (1:14) -- Recipe for a Writer: Melodrama and Gossip (0:58) -- Her Father's Books (0:59) -- Social Classes (1:04) -- Roles of Men and Women (1:03) -- Journalism Career (1:00) -- Scandalous Interview (1:03) -- U.S.-Backed Military Coup (1:39) -- Salvador Allende's Commitment (1:10) -- Pinochet's U.S.-Backed Coup (1:14) -- Chile's 9/11 (1:02) -- Palace Grounds (1:15) -- Military Dictatorship (1:20) -- Chilean Violence and Torture (1:26) -- Letter to a Grandfather (1:19) -- Work of Writing a Novel (1:02) -- Eccentric Characters (0:58) -- Fictional Non-Fiction (1:06) -- Journalist Coverage of Coup (0:59) -- Literary Criticism (1:27) -- Allende's Second Book (1:04) -- Popularity of Novel (1:16) -- Popularity of Allende's Novel (1:04) -- Author Meets Attorney (1:04) -- Story of a Man's Life (1:01) -- American Audiences Learn About CIA in Chile (0:54) -- Book About Allende's Daughter (1:46) -- Letters to a Daughter (1:06) -- Letters Between Mother and Daughter (1:45) -- Disciplined Writer (1:17) -- "Ines of My Soul" (1:29) -- Conquistadors and Their Adventures (0:51) -- Book Elements: Blood and Passion (1:24) -- Criticism of Isabel Allende (1:29) -- Worldwide Literary Acceptance (1:01) -- Isabel Allende on Writing (0:56)
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