Friday, November 21, 2008

Isabel Allende: Tales of Passion


Source TED Talks

Author and activist Isabel Allende discusses women, creativity, the definition of feminism -- and, of course, passion -- in this talk.

From TED:

As a novelist and memoirist, Isabel Allende writes of passionate lives, including her own. Born into a Chilean family with political ties, she went into exile in the United States in the 1970s -- an event that, she believes, created her as a writer. Her voice blends sweeping narrative with touches of magical realism; her stories are romantic, in the very best sense of the word. Her novels include The House of the Spirits, Eva Luna and The Stories of Eva Luna, and her latest, Ines of My Soul and La Suma de los Dias (The Sum of Our Days). And don't forget her adventure trilogy for young readers -- City of the Beasts, Kingdom of the Golden Dragon and Forest of the Pygmies.

As a memoirist, she has written about her vision of her lost Chile, in My Invented Country, and movingly tells the story of her life to her own daughter, in Paula. Her book Aphrodite: A Memoir of the Senses memorably linked two sections of the bookstore that don't see much crossover: Erotica and Cookbooks. Just as vital is her community work: The Isabel Allende Foundation works with nonprofits in the SF Bay Area and Chile to empower and protect women and girls -- understanding that empowering women is the only true route to social and economic justice.
Resources:

In the Library:
  • Allende, Isabel. Cuentos de Eva Luna. New York: HarperLibros [WorldCat]
  • Allende, Isabel. The Stories of Eva Luna. New York: Atheneum [WorldCat]
  • Allende, Isabel. The Infinite Plan: A Novel. New York: HarperCollins [WorldCat]
  • Allende, Isabel. Paula. New York: HarperCollins [WorldCat]
  • Allende, Isabel. Aphrodite: A Memoir of the Senses. New York: HarperFamingo [WorldCat]
  • Allende, Isabel. Conversations with Isabel Allende. Austin: University of Texas Press [WorldCat]
  • Allende, Isabel. Daughter of Fortune: A Novel. New York: HarperCollins [WorldCat]
  • Allende, Isabel. Portrait in Sepia: A Novel. New York: HarperCollins [WorldCat]
  • Allende, Isabel. Mi País Inventado : Un Paseo Nostálgico Por Chile . New York: Rayo [WorldCat]