The vibrant new novel from Isabel Allende takes her back to her homeland of Chile, and tells the story of the first Spanish woman to arrive on its shores with the Conquistadors in the 1500s.
A real historical figure, Inés Suarez came to Chile with the Conquistadors in 1540, helping to claim the territory for Spain and to found the first Spanish settlement in Santiago. In this remarkable novel, Isabel Allende – one of the world’s most spellbinding storytellers – reimagines Inés’s life and that of the two men who become her lover and husband respectively.
Based on actual historical events, Inés’ evokes the conflict and drama of the Conquistadors’ arrival in Chile, as well as helping restore the reputation of Inés, a powerful woman long neglected by history and a patriarchal society. It also finds Allende returning to territory beloved of her and her readers – imaginative historical fiction, evocatively told – and to the familiar landscape of her native country.
The novel gives Inés the recognition and glory that are rightfully hers; but more than that it is an epic tale of love and conquest, lyrically written and enchantingly told by a writer at the peak of her powers.
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‘Allende’s version of events sees Inés Suarez as the puppeteer pulling the strings of the influential men she’s involved with. She is quick-witted, militarily astute and has a deep understanding of ‘the enemy’. Allende does not attempt to rewrite the past. Instead, she provides a colourful glimpse into the life of a daring Spanish woman whose vital role has been forgotten by history.’ Daily Express
‘Fresh and provocative looks at this fascinating period of history.’ New Statesman
‘Writing about her homeland and its history, she brings to her work a passion and commitment worthy of her vividly drawn characters.’ Glasgow HeraldAbout the Author:
Isabel Allende was born in 1942, and is the niece of Salvador Allende, who went on to become famous as the elected President of Chile deposed in a CIA-backed coup. She worked as a journalist, playwright and children’s writer in Chile until 1974 and then in Venezuela until 1984. Her first novel for adults, ‘The House of the Spirits’, was published in Spanish in 1982, beginning life as a letter to her dying grandfather. It was an international sensation, and ever since all her books have been acclaimed and adored in numberless translations worldwide.
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