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CAIRO - 12 June 2017: Chilean-American novelist Isabel Allende presented in Madrid on June 5 her latest novel titled, ''Mas alla del invierno'' or Beyond the Winter, a book that she described as an inevitable political burden, in which she addresses the lives of immigrants and refugees under a prism of love, solidarity and hope.
The novel, published by Plaza and Janés, was simultaneously released in Spain and Latin America initially with 300 thousand copies. The book is slated to be released in the fall in the U.S.
Allende stated that this novel was inspired by a quote from Albert Camus; “In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger – something better, pushing right back.”
The leading characters of the new novel are Lucia, a brave and ambitious Chilean journalist, Richard, an American Jewish introvert, and Evelyn, a young illegal Guatemalan immigrant. The three survive a horrible snow storm that takes place in mid-winter in New York. They end up learning that after stormy winter comes the invincible summer that destiny offers when it is least expected.
Allende’s books, all authored in her native Spanish, have been translated into over 35 languages and have sold more than 67 million copies.
The prolific novelist is a recipient of 14 international honorary doctorates, 50 awards in more than 15 countries over the last 30 years. Allende describes her narrative as “realistic literature.”
Her writings are deeply influenced by her feminist convictions, commitment to social justice, and the tough political tumults she witnessed that shaped her life.