Synopses & Reviews
Isabel Allende evokes the magnificent landscapes of her country; a charming, idiosyncratic Chilean people with a violent history and an indomitable spirit, and the politics, religion, myth, and magic of her homeland that she carries with her even today.
The book circles around two life-changing moments. The assassination of her uncle Salvador Allende Gossens on September 11, 1973, sent her into exile and transformed her into a literary writer. And the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, on her adopted homeland, the United States, brought forth an overdue acknowledgment that Allende had indeed left home. My Invented Country, mimicking the workings of memory itself, ranges back and forth across that distance between past and present lives. It speaks compellingly to immigrants and to all of us who try to retain a coherent inner life in a world full of contradictions.
Enthralling and inspiring biography of the Chile-born novelist. Allende paints a colourful picture of her homeland, detailing events such as the assassination of her cousin, the president Salvador Allende, in Pinochet's military coup, with the same skill found so readily in her novels. "She has everything it takes: the ear, the eye, the mind, the heart, the all-encompassing humanity" "New York Times"