The author of several novels and a short fiction collection, as well as stories and plays for children, Isabel Allende has received international acclaim for her writing. Allende was born in Lima, Peru in 1942, but moved to Chile at the age of three. Two years after her uncle, Chilean President Salvador Allende, was assassinated in 1973, she fled with her husband and children to Venezuela. She published her first novel, "La casa de los espiritus (The House of the Spirits)" in 1982, followed by "De amor y de sombra (Of Love and Shadows)" in 1984, "Eva Luna" in 1989, "El plan infinitivo (The Infinite Plan)" in 1991, as well as a collection of short stories, "Cuentos de Eva Luna (The Stories of Eva Luna)" in 1990. Allende writes in English and Spanish, combining sometimes harsh, realistic, and political fiction with the magical realism genre often found in Latin American literature.