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Allende's second novel, Of Love and Shadows (1984), is an even more overtly political work than her first. Journalist Irene Beltrán and photographer Francisco Leal are assigned to do a story about a fifteen-year-old peasant girl alleged to possess miraculous powers. The couple falls in love, but their future is jeopardized by their discovery of evidence of atrocities committed by the military personnel.
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In her 1987 work, Eva Luna, Allende tells the story of another storyteller, a woman who tells tales to survive in a politically unstable Latin-American society. Set in a country similar to Venezuela, it tells the story of the orphan Eva Luna and how she survives to find success and fulfillment in a career as a scriptwriter for television. Several of the main character's stories are separately recounted in another collection, The Stories of Eva Luna (1990).
Allende's novel The House of the Spirits has often been compared to the work of Colombian Nobel-winner Gabriel García Márquez. His most famous book is the 1968 masterpiece One Hundred Years of Solitude, which follows several generations of the Buendía family as they influence the small town of Macondo.
García Márquez is also a noted journalist. In 1986 he published Clandestine in Chile, a non-fiction account of an exile's return to the Chile during the rule of General Pinochet.
Another magical tale of thwarted love is Mexican novelist Laura Esquivel's acclaimed work Like Water for Chocolate (1989), about a woman whose true love marries her sister in order to stay close to her. Both the novel and the film based upon it were extremely successful throughout the world.
American author Alice Hoffman also tells tales that combine the magical with the everyday. Her 1995 novel Practical Magic, made into a 1998 film starring Nicole Kidman and Sandra Bullock, tells the tale of two sisters whose mystical abilities often cause more problems than they solve.
Edward Boorstein's 1977 work Allende's Chile: An Inside View is a nonfictional if partisan account of the government of Salvador Allende. Boorstein worked for the Allende government and lived in Santiago during many of the demonstrations that took place both for and against the government. His account is written from a Leftist perspective and examines the role of corporate and U.S. interests in the fall of Allende and his party.