Isabel Allende Short Fiction Analysis
Isabel Allende’s literary career is notable in that it stands outside the shifting fashions of the Latin American literary scene. Since the 1960’s in Latin America the literary fashion has tended to favor intricate, self-conscious novels that test the reader’s interpretative powers. Flying in the face of this trend, however, Allende’s novels favor content over form, reality over novelistic devices. Though her fiction has been dismissed by some critics as simply an imitation of Gabriel García Márquez’s work, especially his so-called Magical Realist style, it is clear that Allende enjoys unparalleled popularity. Her novels and short stories have attracted an enormous readership in Spanish as well as languages such as English, French, and German. Allende tends to write plot-centered, reader-friendly fiction. Her stories often focus on love and sex as seen from a feminine perspective.
The Stories of Eva Luna
The short-story collection The Stories of Eva Luna is essentially a sequel to her novel Eva Luna (1987), published three years earlier; thus the narrator of The Stories of Eva Luna is the Eva Luna who appeared in the earlier novel, that is, a resourceful, bright young woman who, though born to poverty, rises to riches as a result of becoming a famous soap-opera writer. Two of the stories provide a direct link to Eva Luna the novel. “El huésped de la maestra,” for example, finishes a...
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