The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende

The House of the Spirits (La casa de los espíritus, 1982) is the debut novel by Isabel Allende. Initially, the novel was rejected by several Spanish-language publishers, but became an instant best seller when published in Barcelona in 1982. The novel was critically acclaimed around the world[1], and catapulted Allende to literary stardom. That same year, the novel was named Best Novel of the Year in Chile, and she received the country's Panorama Literario award. The novel has been translated to over 20 languages worldwide. The book was first conceived by Isabel Allende when she received news that her grandfather was dying, and she began to write him a letter that ultimately became the starting manuscript of The House of the Spirits. The story details the life of the Trueba family, spanning four generations, and tracing the post-colonial social and political upheavals of the Latin American country they live in. The story is told mainly from the perspective of two protagonists (Esteban and Alba) and incorporates elements of magic realism. Some readers claim that the novel is a roman à clef. According to them, The Poet in the novel is probably Pablo Neruda, and Allende's cousin, once removed Salvador Allende, is both The Candidate and The President.

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This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 34th on Top 100 World Literature Titles (Perfection Learning)
  2. - 47th on Koen Book Distributors Top 100 Books of the Past Century (themodernnovel.com)
  3. - 50 Memorable Books from 50 Years of Books to Remember (The New York Public Library)
  4. - Världsbiblioteket (The World Library) (Tidningen Boken)
  5. - The Bigger Read List (English PEN)
  6. - 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (The Book)

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Name Binding Sales Rank Lowest New Lowest Used Published
The House of the Spirits Hardcover 728577 $2.97 $0.01 1985
The House of the Spirits (Everyman's Library Contemporary Classics) Hardcover 755106 $12.86 $7.86 2005
The House of the Spirits Publisher: Bantam; mass market edition Mass Market Paperback 1628012 $8.48 $0.01
The House of the Spirits (Everyman's Library Classics & Contemporary Classics) Hardcover 145579 $13.61 $5.80 2005
The House Of Spirits Paperback 1577537 $15.66 $2.08
The House of Spirits Hardcover 182504 $20.15 $2.88 1984
[ La Casa de Los Espiritus = The House of the Spirits (English, Spanish) [ LA CASA DE LOS ESPIRITUS = THE HOUSE OF THE SPIRITS (ENGLISH, SPANISH) ] By Allende, Isabel ( Author )Mar-17-1995 Paperback Paperback 1399086 $49.97 2001
The House of the Spirits Mass Market Paperback 1382487 $177.53 $0.01 1986
The House of the Spirits Mass Market Paperback 98942 $3.50 $0.01 1986
By Isabel Allende - The House of the Spirits: A Novel (7/31/05) Paperback 1593686 $23.59 $12.61 2005
The House of the Spirits: A Novel Paperback 33093 $12.25 $2.38 2005
The House of the Spirits: A Novel Kindle Edition 8487 2015
The House of the Spirits Paperback 1989468 $9.74 $0.01 1994