The House of the Spirits: A Novel

“ absorbing and distinguished work...The House of the a unique achievement, both personal witness and possible allegory of the past, present, and future of Latin America.” —The New York Times Book Review

The House of the Spirits, the unforgettable first novel that established Isabel Allende as one of the world’s most gifted storytellers, brings to life the triumphs and tragedies of three generations of the Trueba family. The patriarch Esteban is a volatile, proud man whose voracious pursuit of political power is tempered only by his love for his delicate wife Clara, a woman with a mystical connection to the spirit world. When their daughter Blanca embarks on a forbidden love affair in defiance of her implacable father, the result is an unexpected gift to Esteban: his adored granddaughter Alba, a beautiful and strong-willed child who will lead her family and her country into a revolutionary future.

One of the most important novels of the twentieth century, The House of the Spirits is an enthralling epic that spans decades and lives, weaving the personal and the political into a universal story of love, magic, and fate.

Born in Peru and raised in Chile, Isabel Allende is the author of a number of bestselling and critically acclaimed books, including The House of the SpiritsOf Love and ShadowsEva LunaThe Stories of Eva LunaPaula, and The Japanese Lover. Her books have been translated into more than thirty-five languages and have sold more than 77 million copies worldwide. She is the receipient of the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, and she divides her time between California and Chile.

Allende’s debut novel is an enthralling, magical realist epic spanning three generations, as well as a clear-eyed indictment of the military dictatorship in Chile. Initially banned in Chile after publication, and the subject of several challenges since, alleging content that is “pornographic,” “immoral,” and “defaming the Catholic faith." The novel became the source of controversy again in 2013 when a North Carolina school district attempted to ban it, forcing Allende to publicly defend the work herself.


ISBN: 9781501117015

ISBN-10: 9781501117015

Publisher: Atria Books

Publication Date: 12/15/2015 - 12:00am

On Sale: 12/15/2015 - 12:00am

Pages: 512

Language: English


Fiction / Literary

Fiction / Hispanic & Latino

Fiction / Magical Realism