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New America Now: Island Beneath the Sea

New America Now, Audio, Posted: May 07, 2010

This week on New America Now: Author Isabel Allende discusses her latest novel, Island Beneath the Sea. Her first novel in four years, it is set in the eighteenth century and is an addictive stew of race, sex, magic, and realism.

Sandip Roy talks to:

Through some eighteen novels written over twenty five years, Isabel Allende has used allegory, magic, love and landscape to explore Latin America and the United States; perhaps most famously in The House of Spirits. In City of Beasts, she took us down the amazon, and in Ines of My Soul, we learned about building the city of Santiago in Chile. Her latest novel, Island Beneath the Sea, takes us to Haiti. Her first novel in four years, it is set in the eighteenth century and is an addictive stew of race, sex, magic, and realism. But when she started writing this journey of a mulatto slave following her from the sugar can fields of Haiti to the mansions of New Orleans, Isabel Allende had no idea how timely her novel would be. A terrifying earthquake put Haiti on the front pages.


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