The House of the spirits is the story of the Trueba family, especially Esteban and Alba Trueba, over four generations. The novel makes use of magical realism and presents a fanciful but politically astute vision of life in Chile at a wealthy hacienda. Esteban, driven by the death of his first fiancée, becomes a powerful landowner and brutal overseer to the peasants living around him. His actions shape the rest of his family's life for decades to come.

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