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Author Isabel Allende

Chilean-American author Isabel Allende has made her mark on the literary world time and time again. From her bestselling first novel, The House of the Spirits, in 1982 to the nearly 20 more works written since, her prose has reached millions—57 million copies to be exact, translated into 30 languages. Allende describes her fiction as “realistic literature,” and her writings are informed by her feminist convictions, commitment to social justice, and the mystical people and events that have fueled her imagination. The inventive author’s latest title, Ripper, maintains her skill in storytelling but takes the plot in a new direction: crime and mystery. Ripper is driven by startling twists and filled with a complex web of characters—most notably an unforgettable mother and daughter with widely divergent personalities but an unbreakable bond. Writing a contemporary mystery for the first time, Allende taps the trademark qualities that have made her one of the world’s most widely read writers. Entwined throughout the novel’s edgy narrative are the writer’s characteristic wit and keen observations of human nature. Hint: Prepare yourself for an insightful evening with Allende by viewing her popular 2007 TED talk.

One evening
Mon., 7 pm, Feb. 3, 2014
CRN 1119 / $35*

*Price includes a copy of Ripper by Isabel Allende
Isabel Allende is the author of 10 works of fiction, four memoirs, and three young adult novels, which have been translated into more than 27 languages with more than 57 million copies sold.

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