Isabel Allende’s “Island Beneath the Sea”

May 10, 2010

Arguably the world’s most widely read Spanish-language author, Isabel Allende is back with a new book, this time bringing elements of her signature magic realism to bear on the violent birth of Haiti. <i>Island beneath the Sea</i> follows teenage slave Zarita (know as Tété) from her arranged marriage to a Frenchman to freedom in a free-wheeling New Orleans and is the story of one woman’s capacity to forge a new identity out of the most desperate of circumstances. Patt talks with Allende—one of Latin America’s shining examples of women writers—about her own history as a refugee of the 1973 Chilean military coup, her travels through Latin America and the Middle East, and the current situation in Haiti.

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