Literary Birthday - 2 August - Isabel Allende

Happy Birthday, Isabel Allende, born 2 August 1942


  1. 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!
  2. 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.
  3. I wrote The House of Spirits at night on the kitchen counter in an apartment in Caracas; Of Love and Shadows 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.
  4. 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.  
  5. If I didn’t write my soul would dry up and die.
  6. Writing is my job. I don’t think of it as art.
  7. My writing comes not from the happy moments, but from struggle and grief.
  8. I’m aware of the mystery around us, so I write about coincidences, premonitions, emotions, dreams, the power of nature, magic.
  9. 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.
  10. Write what should not be forgotten.

Allende is a Chilean writer. Allende is famous for novels such as The House of the Spirits and City of the Beasts. She received Chile’s National Literature Prize in 2010.

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Literary Birthday - 20 December - David Levine

Happy Birthday, David Levine, born 20 December 1926, died 29 December 2009

Levine was an American artist and illustrator best known for his caricatures inThe New York Review of Books. Jules Feiffer called him ‘the greatest caricaturist of the last half of the 20th Century.’ 

Clockwise (from top left): Jay McInerney, Toni Morrison, Jonathan Safran Foer, Hilary Mantel, Malcolm Gladwell, Isabel Allende, Philip Pullman, Nicole Krauss, Edward St Aubyn (centre)

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