IBNA- Persian translation of the autobiographical book 'The Soul of a Woman' (2020), an intimate memoir by the acclaimed Chilean author Isabel Allende has been translated into Persian and published.
Written during the coronavirus pandemic, the book also bears Isabel Allende’s philosophical notions. 'The Soul of a Woman' has been translated into Persian by Ali-Akbar Abdolrashidi and released by Noon Publishing in 184 pages and 1000 copies.
“When I say that I was a feminist in kindergarten, I am not exaggerating,” begins Isabel Allende. As a child, she watched her mother, abandoned by her husband, provide for her three small children without “resources or voice.” Isabel became a fierce and defiant little girl, determined to fight for the life her mother couldn’t have.
As a young woman coming of age in the late 1960s, she rode the second wave of feminism. Among a tribe of like-minded female journalists, Allende for the first time felt comfortable in her own skin, as they wrote “with a knife between our teeth” about women’s issues. She has seen what the movement has accomplished in the course of her lifetime. And over the course of three passionate marriages, she has learned how to grow as a woman.
So what feeds the soul of feminists—and all women—today? To be safe, to be valued, to live in peace, to have their own resources, to be connected, to have control over our bodies and lives, and above all, to be loved. On all these fronts, there is much work yet to be done, and this book, Allende hopes, will “light the torches of our daughters and granddaughters with mine. They will have to live for us, as we lived for our mothers, and carry on with the work still left to be finished.”
Publishers Weekly comments on the book: “Allende’s vivacity and wit are in full bloom as she makes her pronouncements. . . . Her book is filled with succinct wisdom and big laughs. . . . As always, her secret weapon is honesty.”
Allende, whose works sometimes contain aspects of the genre magical realism, is known for novels such as ‘The House of the Spirits’ (La casa de los espíritus, 1982) and ‘City of the Beasts’ (La ciudad de las bestias, 2002), which have been commercially successful.
She has been called "the world's most widely read Spanish-language author." In 2004, Allende was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters and in 2010, she received Chile's National Literature Prize.
Allende's novels are often based upon her personal experience and historical events and pay homage to the lives of women, while weaving together elements of myth and realism.