A Long Petal of the Sea

A Long Petal of the Sea

A Novel

by Isabel Allende

Hardback Publication Date: 21/01/2020

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That September 2, 1939, the day of the Spanish exiles' splendid arrival in Chile, the Second World War broke out in Europe.

Victor Dalmau is a young doctor when he is caught up in the Spanish Civil War, a tragedy that leaves his life – and the fate of his country – forever changed.  Together with his sister-in-law, the pianist Roser Bruguera, he is forced out of his beloved Barcelona and into exile.  When opportunity to seek refuge in Chile arises, they take it, boarding a ship chartered by the poet Pablo Neruda to the promised 'long petal of sea and wine and snow' over the seas. 

There, they find themselves enmeshed in a rich web of characters who come together in love and tragedy over the course of four generations, destined to witness the battle between freedom and repression as it plays out across the world.

A masterful work of historical fiction about hope, exile and belonging, A Long Petal of the Sea is Isabel Allende at the height of her powers.

ISBN:
9781526615909
9781526615909
Category:
War & combat fiction
Format:
Hardback
Publication Date:
21-01-2020
Language:
English
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Pages:
336
Dimensions (mm):
240x164x35mm
Weight:
0.61kg

“Allende has everything it takes: the ear, the eye, the mind, the heart, the all-encompassing humanity” – New York Times

“Isabel Allende is a grand storyteller who writes with surpassing compassion and insight. Her place as an icon of world literature was secured long ago. She will be celebrated, by readers and writers alike, for generations to come” – Khaled Hosseini

 “This is a novel not just for those of us who have been Allende fans for decades, but also for those who are brand new to her work: what a joy it must be to come upon Allende for the first time. She knows that all stories are love stories, and the greatest love stories are told by time” – Colum McCann

“If Allende's life depended on her narrative gifts, she'd not only survive, but reign” – Los Angeles Times “Allende's stories are delicate, their images akin to poetry” – Barbara Kingsolver

Isabel Allende

Isabel Allende was born in 1942 Lima, Peru. She grew up in Chile and now lives in California.

She is the author of novels The House of the Spirits, Of Love and Shadows, Eva Luna, The Infinite Plan, Paula, Daughter of Fortune, Portrait in Sepia, My Invented Country, Zorro, Inés of My Soul The Sum of Our Days and The Island Beneath the Sea.  

Chilean novelist Isabel Allende was a journalist for many years. She began to write fiction in 1981. The result was the worldwide best-seller The House of the Spirits, which was followed by the equally successful Of Love and Shadows and The Stories of Eva Luna (Penguin 1991). Her first work of non-fiction, Paula, was published in 1995 and is a harrowing chronicle of the death of her daughter. Isabel Allende lives in California.

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