A Long Petal of the Sea

Isabel Allende

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In conversation with Adam Hochschild

Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Time: 5:00 pm | Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center

Adam Hochschild and Isabel Allende speaking at Berkeley, February 2020. (Photo by Peg Skorpinski.)

Adam Hochschild and Isabel Allende speaking at Berkeley, February 2020. (Photo by Peg Skorpinski.)

In the late 1930s, Spain’s civil war impelled thousands of refugees to flee their homes seeking a safer life. Isabel Allende’s latest book, A Long Petal of the Sea, follows a pregnant young widow who finds her life intertwined with an army doctor who is the brother of her deceased love. In order to survive, the two must unite in a marriage neither of them desires. Isabel Allende will speak in conversation with Adam Hochschild about her book and the legacy of the Spanish Civil War in Latin America and around the world.

Isabel Allende is one of the most widely read authors in the world. She has received the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.

Adam Hochschild is an author, historian, and lecturer at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. His works include King Leopold’s Ghost and Spain in Our Hearts, which follows Americans fighting in the Spanish Civil War.


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Isabel Allende and Adam Hochschild discuss the Spanish Civil War, a topic that they have both written about. (Photo by Lili Siri Spira.)

Isabel Allende and Adam Hochschild discuss the Spanish Civil War, a topic that they have both written about. (Photo by Lili Siri Spira.)

Isabel Allende speaks for CLAS at Berkeley, February 2020. (Photo by Peg Skorpinski.)
Isabel Allende speaks for CLAS at Berkeley, February 2020. (Photo by Peg Skorpinski.)

A packed Sibley Auditorium listens to Allende and Hochschild discuss the Spanish Civil War and Allende's new novel. (Photo by Peg Skorpinski.)
A packed Sibley Auditorium listens to Allende and Hochschild discuss the Spanish Civil War and Allende's new novel. (Photo by Peg Skorpinski.)

Moderator Beatriz Manz, Professor Emerita of Geography and Ethnic Studies, poses questions from the audience. (Photo by Peg Skorpinski.)
Moderator Beatriz Manz, Professor Emerita of Geography and Ethnic Studies, poses questions from the audience. (Photo by Peg Skorpinski.)

An overflow audience watches a livestream of the event. (Photo by Peg Skorpinski.)
An overflow audience watches a livestream of the event. (Photo by Peg Skorpinski.)

Allende and Hochschild on the Berkeley campus before the event. (Photo by Peg Skorpinski.)
Allende and Hochschild on the Berkeley campus before the event. (Photo by Peg Skorpinski.)

Allende answers audience questions presented by Beatriz Manz, Professor Emerita of Geography and Ethnic Studies. (Photo by Lili Siri Spira.)
Allende answers audience questions presented by Beatriz Manz, Professor Emerita of Geography and Ethnic Studies. (Photo by Lili Siri Spira.) 

Isabel Allende and the Spanish language version of her new book. (Photos by Lori Barra and courtesy of Plaza Janés.)
Isabel Allende and the Spanish language version of her new book. (Photos by Lori Barra and courtesy of Plaza Janés.)