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Award-winning Chilean author Isabel Allende, who was born in 1973, in Lima, Peru, gained acclaim for her 1982 debut novel, The House of the Spirits. Written in a style frequently compared to the magical realism of Gabriel García Márquez, the book covered subjects such as family, politics, and feminism. Since then, Allende has written a wide range of books of both fiction and nonfiction. She has also launched the Isabel Allende Foundation, which fights for social and economic justice for women and children.