The House of the Spirits

Staging Antú Romero Nunes
Stage Florian Lösche Costumes Annabelle Witt Music Johannes Hofmann & Sergio Pinto

Jasna Fritzi Bauer Alba Trueba / Pedro III, Sabine Haupt Severo del Valle / Jaime Trueba Dörte Lyssewski Férula Trueba / Jean de Satigny Caroline Peters Clara Aenne Schwarz Blanca Trueba / Miguel Adina Vetter  Nívea del Valle / Nicolas Trueba August Diehl Esteban Trueba / Esteban García Ignaz Kirchner the old Esteban Trueba

La casa de los espíritus„, the original title of the debut novel Isabel Allende, published in 1982, tells the story of the family of the Chilean Esteban Trueba in a predominantly imaginative mystical form, partly in autobiographical traits. The German-language first edition „The House of the Spirits“ is published in 1984 by Suhrkamp Verlag.

From the turn of the century to the military dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet in the 1970s, Allende portrays the family chronicle of Truebas, most notably that of the patriarch Esteban Truebas and its social structures within the bourgeoisie and its effects on the proletariat, family relations and political changes in Chile such as the military coup, over several generations.

In 1981, Isabel Allende’s grandfather died at the age of 99, and the letter that Allende wrote to him as a farewell is regarded as the source for the manuscript of „Das Geisterhaus“.

In 1993, Danish director Bille August filmed The House of the Spirits with Jeremy Irons, Meryl Streep, Glenn Close, Winona Ryder and Antonio Banderas.

Isabel Allende is a second-degree relative of former Socialist President Salvador Guillermo Allende Gossen, who was overthrown in 1973 in a military coup.

In addition to her countless award-winning novels Isabel Allende is also a journalist and author of plays, she also maintains professorships of literature at various universities. Through her journalistic work, Isabel Allende primarily advocates women’s emancipation and gender mainstreaming and is known as a socially critical and feminist author.

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