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HARPERCOLLINS ACQUIRES WORLD ENGLISH RIGHTS FOR NEW ALLENDE NOVEL

 HARPERCOLLINS ACQUIRES WORLD ENGLISH RIGHTS FOR NEW ALLENDE NOVEL
 NEW YORK, Sept. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- William M. Shinker, group vice president and publisher of the HarperCollins Adult Trade Group, announced today that HarperCollins has acquired world English language rights for the new novel by Isabel Allende, the bestselling Chilean author of "The House of the Spirits," "Of Love and Shadows," "Eva Luna," and "The Stories of Eva Luna." The novel, titled "The Infinite Plan," will be published by HarperCollins in hardcover in Spring 1993, with publication in HarperPerennial trade paperback to follow one year later. HarperCollins UK will simultaneously publish the novel in the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand and in Flamingo paperback one year later. Current projections call for a first United States printing of 100,000, and Allende will promote the book with an extensive national reading and signing tour.
 "Isabel Allende is one of the most internationally acclaimed and successful writers in the world," said Shinker. "She is a Latin American author who has earned the respect of critics and developed a devoted following in North America and England. "The Infinite Plan" is a major departure from Allende's other work," Shinker continued, "in that it is set in the United States, not Latin America, the setting of her previous novels. This book is certain to win widespread critical acclaim, following the path of her previous books. I also think it is just the book that will take Isabel Allende to an even higher level of sales, gaining for her still more readers to add to her already impressive audience."
 "I am delighted to have HarperCollins publishing me around the world in the English language," commented Allende. "Since I came to live in the United States, I have been fascinated by the diversity of its people, their struggles, their crazy hopes and daily defeats. This book is about survival and love, also about pain not often connected with the American dream. Do you think that unforgettable characters and passionate sagas only happen in Latin America? You wait and see!"
 HarperCollins Senior Editor Terry Karten, who will be Allende's editor, described "The Infinite Plan" as "a story, first and foremost, about growing up in a Los Angeles barrio. In the wake of recent events, it is quite timely in that respect. And the action in "The Infinite Plan" branches mush farther afield -- to Berkeley and Vietnam, among other places -- and is a gripping saga that is simply impossible to put down." "The Infinite Plan" retains a continuity with Isabel Allende's other novels, Karten added, in that "she remains the consummate storyteller."
 Born in Peru, Isabel Allende is Chilean. She worked as a journalist for many years and did not begin writing fiction until 1981. Her first novel, "The House of the Spirits," was an acclaimed international bestseller, as were all of her books. The New York Times called "'The House of Spirits,' a unique achievement, both personal witness and allegory of the past, present, and the future of Latin America." The San Francisco Chronicle called her next novel, "Of Love and Shadows," "constantly readable, often beautiful, immensely compelling." That novel was followed by "Eva Luna," which the Washington Post Book World said was "remarkable...a cascade of stories tumbles out before the reader, stories, vivid and passionate and human...Allende seems to draw characters and tales from a bottomless well." Of her most recent work, "Stories of Eva Luna," The Wall Street Journal said, "There is a richness in this book -- and it is, in its finest moments, a richness not only of language, but of life."
 The niece of assassinated Chilean President Salvador Allende, Isabel Allende left her homeland after the coup of 1973 and lived for many years in Caracas, Venezuela. She now lives in California.
 "The Infinite Plan," will be translated by Margaret Sayers Peden, who has translated Carlos Fuentes and Juan Rulfo, as well as Allende's last three works of fiction. Isabel Allende is represented by Carmen Balcells of Barcelona, who also represents Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Mario Vargas Llosa.
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