Inés of My Soul

Isabel Allende

A real historical figure, Inés Suarez came to Chile with the Conquistadors in 1540, helping to claim the territory for Spain and to found the first Spanish settlement in Santiago. In this remarkable novel, Isabel Allende – one of the world’s most spellbinding storytellers – re-imagines Inés’s life and that of the two men who become her lover and husband respectively. ‘Inés of My Soul’ evokes the conflict and drama of the Conquistadors’ arrival in Chile, as well as helping restore the reputation of Inés, a powerful woman long neglected by history and a patriarchal society. It also finds Allende returning to territory beloved of her and her readers – imaginative historical fiction, evocatively told – and to the familiar landscape of her native country. The novel gives Inés the recognition and glory that are rightfully hers; but more than that it is an epic tale of love and conquest, lyrically written and enchantingly told by a writer at the peak of her powers.

Reviews of Inés of My Soul

  • ‘In “The House of Spirits”, Allende constructed an allusional tale for the fate of modern Chile. Now she has repeated the trick for the foundation of the country. The result is perhaps her best book since that debut.’ Independent

    ‘Allende’s version of events sees Ines Suarez as the puppeteer pulling the strings of the influential men she’s involved with. She is quick-witted, militarily astute and has a deep understanding of “the enemy”. Allende does not attempt to rewrite the past. Instead, she provides a colourful glimpse into the life of a daring Spanish woman whose vital role has been forgotten by history.’ Daily Express

    ‘Fresh and provocative looks at this fascinating period of history.’ New Statesman

    ‘Writing about her homeland and its history, she brings to her work a passion and commitment worthy of her vividly drawn characters.’ Glasgow Herald