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Isabel Allende
Allende in Barcelona, 2008
Allende in Barcelona, 2008
Born Isabel Allende Llona
2 August 1942 (1942-08-02) (age 78)
Lima, Peru
Occupation
Author
Language Spanish
Nationality Chilean
Citizenship Chilean-United States
Notable awards
Spouse
  • Miguel Frías (1962–1987)
  • Willie Gordon (1988–2015)
  • Roger Cukras (m 2019)
Children Paula Frías Allende, Nicolás Frías.
Relatives Allende family

Isabel Allende (Spanish pronunciation: [isaˈβel aˈʝende]; born August 2, 1942) is a Chilean-American writer. 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).

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

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

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

Her father was a first cousin of Salvador Allende, President of Chile from 1970 to 1973.

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