Happy Birthday, Isabel Allende, born 2 August 1942
- I write to understand my circumstances, to sort out the confusion of reality, to exorcise my demons. But most of all, I write because I love it!
- You are the storyteller of your own life, and you can create your own legend, or not.
- I have the perfect space for writing: a little house in my backyard—warm, private, luminous, silent. In it, I keep the first editions of my books, dictionaries, maps, and the research for the book in process; also photographs of the people I love, dead and alive. It is perfect but not really indispensable.
- Every person is born with a talent, and happiness depends on discovering that talent in time.
- I wrote The House of the Spirits at night on the kitchen counter in an apartment in Caracas; Of Love and Shadows: A Novel in a closet; The Stories of Eva Luna in a car and in coffee shops. To be able to write I need only time and silence.
- My desk is like a “U”, so I have my computer and lots of dictionaries because I write in Spanish and I live in English. And in the case of my latest book, everything happened in French, you know, in a French colony, so I have books in French, I mean, dictionaries in French and English and Spanish, and I work like that.
- If I didn’t write my soul would dry up and die.
- It is a wonderful truth that things we want most in life-a sense of purpose, happiness and hope-are most easily attained by giving them to others.
- Writing is my job. I don’t think of it as art.
- My writing comes not from the happy moments, but from struggle and grief.
- I’m aware of the mystery around us, so I write about coincidences, premonitions, emotions, dreams, the power of nature, magic.
- All stories interest me, and some haunt me until I end up writing them. Certain themes keep coming up: justice, loyalty, violence, death, political and social issues, freedom.
- Write what should not be forgotten.
Isabel Allende is a Chilean writer. She is famous for writing novels such as The House of the Spirits and City of the Beasts. She received Chile’s National Literature Prize in 2010. Visit IsabelAllende.com
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