The House of the Spirits

The House of the Spirits

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Spanning four generations, Isabel Allende's magnificent family saga is populated by a memorable, often eccentric cast of characters. Together, men and women, spirits, the forces of nature, and of history, converge in an unforgettable, wholly absorbing and brilliantly realised novel that is as richly entertaining as it is a masterpiece of modern literature.

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Product details

  • Paperback | 496 pages
  • 126 x 194 x 28mm | 322.05g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Black Swan
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English, Spanish
  • 0552995886
  • 9780552995887
  • 9,063

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A spellbinding saga written around the political history of 20th century Chile. Esteban Trueta, domineering and passionate right-wing politician and his wife Clara, serene and psychic, who predicts the future and communes with the spirits, are the parents of idealistic left-wing children. The bloody coup that results from the flashpoint political situation brings the family together in an extraordinary and unexpected way. A vital and imaginative novel of great power. (Kirkus UK)

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"'This is a novel like the novels no one seems to write anymore: thick with plot and bristling with characters who play out their lives over three generations of conflict and reconciliation. A novel to be read for its brilliant craftsmanship and its narrative of inescapable power'" El Pais, Madrid "'Intensely moving. Both entertaining and deeply serious'" Evening Standard "'Announcing a truly great read: a novel thick and thrilling, full of fantasy, terror and wit, elaborately crafted yet serious and accurate in its historical and social observations'" Die Welt, Berlin "'A remarkable achievement...a big book that can comprehend the history of a nation, and so many lives, with love'" The Times

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About Isabel Allende

Isabel Allende was born in Lima, Peru. She has recently lived in Caracas, Venezuela, with her husband and two children. Her first two novels, The House of the Spirits and Of Love and Shadows are published by Black Swan. The House of the Spirits was made into a film starring Meryl Streep, Glenn Close, Jeremy Irons, Winona Ryder, Vanessa Redgrave, Antonio Banderas and Keanu Reeves.

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