Lavazza renews its collaboration with the Turin Readers’ Circle for the generation and promotion of culture and, above all, for reading. For this reason, on 25 October, La Centrale at Nuvola Lavazza will host the prestigious launch event for the latest book from author Isabel Allende: “A Long Petal of the Sea”.
In August 1939, Pablo Neruda organised what he would later describe as his “most beautiful poem”: the Winnipeg, a ship that brought 2,200 Spanish refugees fleeing retaliations from the Franco regime, to Chile. Isabel Allende has drawn inspiration from this episode to retrace 50 years of her country’s history from a fresh perspective: that of a family of emigrants who, by the end, feel themselves to be fully part of the destiny of the nation that welcomed them so generously. It is an epic journey, with two unforgettable protagonists. Seventy years on from the Winnipeg’s arrival in Santiago, the powerful narrative voice of Isabel Allende takes us to Spain, during the final part of the conflict, then flees with us to the Netherlands, to France, and from there to Chile. Along with the lives of its exiled Catalan protagonists, pianist Roser and doctor Víctor, it retraces the existence of characters such as Neruda and Allende, noteworthy presences in a book that fuses history with imagination, following the familiar pattern through which only Isabel Allende can render an unforgettable narrative of solidarity, integration, and resistance.