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8vo. This copy is signed by Allende. Uncorrected proofs of the first American edition of the author's first novel. N° de ref. de la librería 20148
Sinopsis: A best seller and critical success all over the world, The House of the Spirits is the magnificent epic of the Trueba family -- their loves, their ambitions, their spiritual quests, their relations with one another, and their participation in the history of their times, a history that becomes destiny and overtakes them all.
We begin -- at the turn of the century, in an unnamed South American country -- in the childhood home of the woman who will be the mother and grandmother of the clan, Clara del Valle. A warm-hearted, hypersensitive girl, Clara has distinguished herself from an early age with her telepathic abilities -- she can read fortunes, make objects move as if they had lives of their own, and predict the future. Following the mysterious death of her sister, the fabled Rosa the Beautiful, Clara has been mute for nine years, resisting all attempts to make her speak. When she breaks her silence, it is to announce that she will be married soon.
Her husband-to-be is Esteban Trueba, a stern, willful man, given to fits of rage and haunted by a profound loneliness. At the age of thirty-five, he has returned to the capital from his country estate to visit his dying mother and to find a wife. (He was Rosa's fiance, and her death has marked him as deeply as it has Clara.) This is the man Clara has foreseen -- has summoned -- to be her husband; Esteban, in turn, will conceive a passion for Clara that will last the rest of his long and rancorous life.
We go with this couple as they move into the extravagant house he builds for her, a structure that everyone calls "the big house on the corner," which is soon populated with Clara's spiritualist friends, the artists she sponsors, the charity cases she takes an interest in, with Esteban's political cronies, and, above all, with the Trueba children...their daughter, Blanca, a practical, self-effacing girl who will, to the fury of her father, form a lifelong liaison with the son of his foreman...the twins, Jaime and Nicolas, the former a solitary, taciturn boy who becomes a doctor to the poor and unfortunate; the latter a playboy, a dabbler in Eastern religions and mystical disciplines...and, in the third generation, the child Alba, Blanca's daughter (the family does not recognize the real father for years, so great is Esteban's anger), a child who is fondled and indulged and instructed by them all.
For all their good fortune, their natural (and supernatural) talents, and their powerful attachments to one another, the inhabitants of "the big house on the corner" are not immune to the larger forces of the world. And, as the twentieth century beats on...as Esteban becomes more strident in his opposition to Communism...as Jaime becomes the friend and confidant of the Socialist leader known as the Candidate...as Alba falls in love with a student radical...the Truebas become actors -- and victims -- in a tragic series of events that gives The House of the Spirits a deeper resonance and meaning.
It is the supreme achievement of this splendid novel that we feel ourselves members of this large, passionate (and sometimes exasperating) family, that we become attached to them as if they were our own. That this is the author's first novel makes it all the more extraordinary. The House of the Spirits marks the appearance of a major, international writer.
From the Publisher: Here, in an astonishing debut by a gifted storyteller, is the magnificent saga of proud and passionate men and women and the turbulent times through which they suffer and triumph. They are the Truebas. And theirs is a world you will not want to leave, and one you will not forget.
Esteban -- The patriarch, a volatile and proud man whose lust for land is legendary and who is haunted by his tyrannical passion for the wife he can never completely possess.
Clara -- The matriarch, elusive and mysterious, who foretells family tragedy and shapes the fortunes of the house of the Truebas.
Blanca -- Their daughter, soft-spoken yet rebellious, whose shocking love for the son of her father's foreman fuels Esteban's everlasting contempt... even as it produces the grandchild he adores.
Alba -- The fruit of Blanca's forbidden love, a luminous bearty, a fiery and willful woman... the family's break with the past and link to the future.
"Extraordinary... Powerful... Sharply observant, witty and eloquent." -- Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, The New York Times
"Mesmerizing... A novel of force and charm." -- The Washington Post
"That rarest of successes -- a book about one family and one country that is a book about the world and becomes the world in a book." -- Cosmopolitan
"Nothing short of astonishing... In The House Of The Spirits Isabelle Allende has indeed shown us the relationships between past and present, family and nation, city and country, spiritual and political values. She has done so with enormous imagination, sensitivity, and compassion." -- Jane Futcher, San Francisco Chronicle
Título: THE HOUSE OF THE SPIRITS. Translated from ...
Año de publicación: 1985
Encuadernación: Soft cover
Condición del libro: Near Fine
Ejemplar firmado: Signed by Author(s)
Edición: 1st Edition
Descripción Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1987. Encuadernación de tapa blanda. Estado de conservación: Muy Bien. Prueba Sin Corrección. PRUEBA EDITORIAL SIN CORREGIR FIRMADA POR LA AUTORA. UNCORRECTED PROOF SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR. Reseña de de periódico engrapada. EXCELENTE ejemplar con 247pp. Firmado por el Autor(es). Nº de ref. de la librería 010031
Descripción Alfred A. Knopf, U.S.A., 1985. Hard Cover. Estado de conservación: Very Good. Estado de la sobrecubierta: Very Good. First American Edition. Very good clean tight copy. Signed, "Dear Reader, She didn't even look at me." Lightly worn jacket in mylar cover. Professional book dealer since 1999. All orders are processed promptly and carefully packaged. Signed by Author. Nº de ref. de la librería 048557
Descripción Knopf, New York, 1995. First U.S. Edition. First U.S. Edition. A Novel. Signed with her usual small drawing of a flower on the second free endpaper. Stated first American edition, first printing, with no mention of a later printing on the copyright page. Translated by Magda Bogin. First book by this noted Chilean writer who now lives in the U.S. 8vo red cloth. Fine in a dj that has a couple of tiny scuff-nicks at bottom corners of spine, but which is otherwise fine and with an unclipped price. Nº de ref. de la librería 27576
Descripción Alfred a Knopf Inc, Westminister, Maryland, U.S.A., 1985. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: Fine. Estado de la sobrecubierta: Fine. 1st Edition. Fine Book & Jacket, Signed, with drawing, in protective cover. Signed by Author(s). Nº de ref. de la librería 000011
Descripción Alfred a Knopf Inc, Westminister, Maryland, U.S.A., 1985. Cloth. Estado de conservación: Fine. Estado de la sobrecubierta: Fine. First Edition. fine in fine, signed, debut. Signed by Author(s). Nº de ref. de la librería 003352
Descripción KNOPF., NY, 1985. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: Near Fine. Estado de la sobrecubierta: Fine. First Edition; First Printing. First American edition. SIGNED by Isabel Allende with a stylized drawing of a flower on title page. Close to fine in fine dust jacket. (Faint crease on front end paper. ) Author's FIRST book. (O). Nº de ref. de la librería 314205
Descripción Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1985. Encuadernación de tapa blanda. Estado de conservación: Muy Bien. Prueba Sin Corrección. PRUEBA EDITORIAL SIN CORREGIR FIRMADA POR LA AUTORA. En portada aparece, extrañamente, la firma del escritor John Updike. UNCORRECTED PROOF SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR. The signature of the american writer John Updike appears strangly on the cover. EXCELENTE ejemplar con reseña de lectura y nota del New York Times engrapada. 353pp + 3h. Firmado por el Autor(es). Nº de ref. de la librería 010028