Isabel Allende: “The most important prize I have received in my life”

The Chilean novelist was moved to tears when she heard the news from the Minister of Education, an award which she dedicated to the 33 miners trapped in northern Chile.


Moved to tears, Chilean writer Isabel Allende received the news on winning the National Literature Prize 2010.

“It is the most important prize I have received in my life”, said the author of The House of the Spirits.

Allende saw the award at her residence in the United States through a video conference with Chilean Minister of Education Joaquin Lavin, who was president of the jury.

The novelist told EFE «I was so excited that I began to cry, as did my husband, my mother in Chile and even the dog.»

In an interview with state TVChile, the creator of Of Love and Shadows dedicated the award to her friend Delia Vergara and to the 33 miners trapped in a gold and silver mine in the north of Chile.

«I’m dedicating the award to the miners, because at this moment they are the Chilean heroes of the bicentennial, more than any other hero of the nation. They have raised the morale of Chile and have shown what they are capable of» she said.

Allende will visit her country on September 16th during the Fiestas Patrias and also revealed that she aims to take 2011 as a sabbatical.