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Isabel Allende: ‘Everyone called me crazy for divorcing in my 70s. I’ve never been scared of being alone’

The bestselling Chilean American novelist talks about her foundation for women, laughing too much to write romance - and what she’s learned from her grandchildren

The Chilean American author Isabel Allende was a feminist long before she knew what the word meant.

  • Fiona Sturges
  • The Guardian

At the age of three, she saw her mother, Panchita, abandoned by her father and left to raise their three small children alone.

Panchita moved back to her parents’ house in Santiago, where her father immediately took control of her finances.

Following the annulment of her marriage, she was excommunicated by the…

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