Isabel Allende Llona (born in Lima, Peru on August 2, 1942) is a Chilean writer with American citizenship. Allende, whose works sometimes contain aspects of the "magic realist" tradition, is famous for novels such as The House of the Spirits (La casa de los espíritus) (1982) and City of the Beasts (La ciudad de las bestias) (2002), which have been commercially successful. Allende has been called "the world's most widely read Spanish-language author". In 2010 she received Chile's National Literature Prize. In 2004, Allende was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters.