New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1985. 1st US Edition. Octavo, publisher’s oxblood cloth, spine and upper board gilt, original illustrated dust jacket.
"Just as when we come into the world, when we die we are afraid of the unknown. But the fear is something from within us that has nothing to do with reality. Dying is like being born: just a change." First US edition of Chilean-American writer Isabel Allende’s debut novel. An instant international bestseller, the semi-autobiographical saga spans three generations of women in the Trueba family as they endure oppression and mistreatment within a patriarchal society during various political upheavals of Chile. The novel, which incorporates elements of magical realism and was influenced by Marquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967), catapulted Allende to literary prominence. Notably, Allende conceived of the novel on January 8, 1981 while writing a letter to her dying grandfather, recounting stories he had told her during her childhood. January 8th has since become the day on which Allende starts a new work. Translated from the Spanish by Magda Bogin. Originally published in Spain in 1982. Slight dustiness to cloth, light foxing to top edge; unclipped dust jacket with moderate edgewear. Very good. Item #5355