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"My heart is afraid that it will have to suffer," the boy told the alchemist one night as they looked up at the moonless sky." Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams." Every few decades a book is published that changes the lives of its readers forever. The Alchemist is such a book. With over a million and a half copies sold around the world, The Alchemist has already established itself as a modern classic, universally admired. Paulo Coelho's charming fable, now available in English for the first time, will enchant and inspire an even wider audience of readers for generations to come. The Alchemist is the magical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure as extravagant as any ever found. From his home in Spain he journeys to the markets of Tangiers and across the Egyptian desert to a fateful encounter with the alchemist. The story of the treasures Santiago finds along the way teaches us, as only a few stories have done, about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, learning to read the omens strewn along life's path, and, above all, following our dreams.
Transform your life. Rewrite your destiny. In his most personal novel to date, internationally best-selling author Paulo Coelho returns with a remarkable journey of self-discovery. Like the main character in his much-beloved The Alchemist, Paulo is facing a grave crisis of faith. As he seeks a path of spiritual renewal and growth, he decides to begin again: to travel, to experiment, to reconnect with people and the landscapes around him.Setting off to Africa, and then to Europe and Asia via the Trans-Siberian Railway, he initiates a journey to revitalize his energy and passion. Even so, he never expects to meet Hilal. A gifted young violinist, she is the woman Paulo loved five hundred years before--and the woman he betrayed in an act of cowardice so far-reaching that it prevents him from finding real happiness in this life. Together they will initiate a mystical voyage through time and space, traveling a path that teaches love, forgiveness, and the courage to overcome life's inevitable challenges. Beautiful and inspiring, Aleph invites us to consider the meaning of our own personal journeys: Are we where we want to be, doing what we want to do? Some books are read. Aleph is lived.
La mÁgica historia de Paulo Coelho, que trata sobre Santiago, un niÑo pastor andaluz que viaja en busca de un tesoro material, nos enseÑa la importancia que tiene el saber eschuchar lo que nos dice el corazÓn, a aprender a leer los presagios dispersados por el camino de nuestras vidas y, sobre todo, a seguir nuestros sueÑos.
This is the story of Brida, a young Irish girl, and her quest for knowledge. She has long been interested in various aspects of magic but is searching for something more. Her search leads her to people of great wisdom, who begin to teach Brida about the spiritual world. She meets a wise man who dwells in a forest, who teaches her about overcoming her fears and trusting in the goodness of the world; and a woman who teaches her how to dance to the music of the world, and how to pray to the moon. As Brida seeks her destiny, she struggles to find a balance between her relationships and her desire to become a witch. This enthralling novel incorporates themes that fans of Paulo Coelho will recognize and treasure-it is a tale of love, passion, mystery, and spirituality from the master storyteller.
Una novela sobre la sorprendente historia de Brida O'Fern, una de las más jóvenes maestras en la Tradición de las Hechiceras, donde la magia habla todas las lenguas del corazón del hombre Esta es la historia de Brida, una niña irlandesa, y su sed de conocimiento. Siempre se ha interesado en diversos aspectos de la magia, pero ahora está en busca de algo más. Su búsqueda la lleva a conocer gente de gran sabiduría, que comienza a enseñarle acerca del mundo espiritual. Conoce a un hombre sabio que le enseña a superar sus miedos y a una mujer que le enseña cómo danzar al ritmo del mundo y rezarle a la luna. A medida que Brida busca su destino, lucha por encontrar el equilibrio entre sus relaciones y su deseo de convertirse en bruja. Esta fascinante novela incorpora temas que los fanáticos de Paulo Coelho reconocerán y atesorarán--es una historia de amor, pasión, misterio y espiritualidad, del maestro de la ficción.
FonoLibro se enorgullece en presentar el más reciente bestseller del laureado escritor brasileño Paolo Coelho, "La Bruja de Portobello," en una maravillosa producción dramatizada, con un elenco competo, una bellísima música y efectos de sonido. Athena es una mujer con un don. Su familia adoptiva, una madre libanesa y un padre, prospero empresario en Beirut, se traslada a Londres cuando estalla la guerra en su país. Allí, en la universidad Athena conoce al padre de su hijo, pero las dificultades de la joven hacen que el matrimonio pronto se rompa. Convertida en madre, no puede dejar de pensar en la mujer que la trajo al mundo y, para entender cómo pudo abandonarla, decide emprender un viaje a Rumania y buscar a su madre biológica. Pero el viaje no la lleva sólo a dónde pensaba y en el recorrido Athena hace un descubrimiento que cambia para siempre su vida y las de los que la rodean. En La bruja de Portobello, Coelho ofrece una trama fascinante y llena de intriga, a través de la cual el lector descubre una antigua tradición basada en la fuerza femenina y en el amor. La bruja de Portobello relata la vida de Athena mediante la gente que la conocía bien o que no la conocía nada. Entre ellos, su madre adoptiva, un periodista, una sacerdotisa, un historiador y una actriz. Cada persona ilustra un aspecto diferente del carácter de Athena, describiendo lo que vieron y experimentaron y también compartiendo sus propias impresiones, creencias e inquietudes.
From Paulo Coelho, author of the international bestseller The Alchemist, comes a poignant, richly poetic story that reflects the depth of love and life. Rarely does adolescent love reach its full potential, but what happens when two young lovers reunite after eleven years? Time has transformed Pilar into a strong and independent woman, while her devoted childhood friend has grown into a handsome and charismatic spiritual leader. She has learned well how to bury her feelings . . . and he has turned to religion as a refuge from his raging inner conflicts. Now they are together once again, embarking on a journey fraught with difficulties, as long-buried demons of blame and resentment resurface after more than a decade. But in a small village in the French Pyrenees, by the waters of the River Piedra, a most special relationship will be reexamined in the dazzling light of some of life's biggest questions.
Una novela sobre la lucha entre el Bien y el Mal... y la constante bÚsqueda del ser humano por alcanzar la verdadera felicidad Una comunidad dividida por la codicia, la cobardÍa y el miedo. Un hombre perseguido por el fantasma de un pasado doloroso. Una joven en busca de la felicidad. Siete dÍas, un breve perÍodo de tiempo durante el cual el Bien y el Mal librarÁn una batalla decisiva, y cada personaje decidirÁ a cuÁl de los dos bandos pertenece. Una pequeÑa aldea perdida en el tiempo y el espacio serÁ el marco de esa inquietante lucha. Con la llegada de un extranjero, el pueblo se convierte en cÓmplice de una trama perversa que marcarÁ para siempre la historia de sus habitantes. El Demonio y la SeÑorita Prym es un texto emocionante, una novela cargada de tensiÓn que plantea una pregunta esencial sobre la que todos nosotros nos hemos parado a reflexionar alguna vez.
A stranger arrives at the remote village of Viscos, carrying with him a backpack containing a notebook and eleven gold bars. He comes searching for the answer to a question that torments him: Are human beings, in essence, good or evil? In welcoming the mysterious foreigner, the whole village becomes an accomplice to his sophisticated plot, which will forever mark their lives. A novel of temptation by the internationally bestselling author Paulo Coelho, The Devil and Miss Prym is a thought-provoking parable of a community devoured by greed, cowardice, and fear--as it struggles with the choice between good and evil.
Eleven Minutes is the story of Maria, a young girl from a Brazilian village, whose first innocent brushes with love leave her heartbroken. At a tender age, she becomes convinced that she will never find true love, instead believing that "love is a terrible thing that will make you suffer. . . ." A chance meeting in Rio takes her to Geneva, where she dreams of finding fame and fortune. Maria's despairing view of love is put to the test when she meets a handsome young painter. In this odyssey of self-discovery, Maria has to choose between pursuing a path of darkness -- sexual pleasure for its own sake -- or risking everything to find her own "inner light" and the possibility of sacred sex, sex in the context of love. This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.
In the ninth century b.c., the Phoenician princess Jezebel orders the execution of all the prophets who refuse to worship the pagan god Baal. Commanded by an angel of God to flee Israel, Elijah seeks safety in the land of Zarephath, where he unexpectedly finds true love with a young widow. But this newfound rapture is to be cut short, and Elijah sees all of his hopes and dreams irrevocably erased as he is swept into a whirlwind of events that threatens his very existence. Written with the same masterful prose and clarity of vision that made The Alchemist an international phenomenon, The Fifth Mountain is a quietly moving account of a man touched by the hand of God who must triumph over his frustrations in a soul-shattering trial of faith.
Manual del Guerrero de la Luz es uno de los libros m s esperados del autor de El Alquimista, el bestseller internacional que ha fascinado a millones de lectores en el mundo entero. Los textos que se re nen en este libro nos recuerdan que en cada uno de nosotros vive un guerrero de la luz, alguien capaz de escuchar el silencio de su coraz n. Nos invitan a vivir nuestros sue os, aceptar la incertidumbre, alzarnos ante nuestro propio destino y seguir el camino del guerrero, el camino de aquel que sabe valorar el milagro de la vida, aceptar las derrotas sin dejarse abatir por ellas y cuya b squeda lo lleva a convertirse en quien quiere ser. Paulo Coelho, con m s de 47 millones de libros vendidos, no es s lo uno de los autores m s le dos del mundo, sino tambi n uno de los escritores con mayor influencia de hoy en d a. Lectores de m s de 150 pa ses, sin distinci n de credos ni culturas, le han convertido en uno de los autores de referencia de nuestro tiempo.
The latest novel from the #1 internationally best-selling author of The Alchemist.There is nothing wrong with anxiety. Although we cannot control God's time, it is part of the human condition to want to receive the thing we are waiting for as quickly as possible. Or to drive away whatever is causing our fear. . . . Anxiety was born in the very same moment as mankind. And since we will never be able to master it, we will have to learn to live with it--just as we have learned to live with storms. * * * July 14, 1099. Jerusalem awaits the invasion of the crusaders who have surrounded the city's gates. There, inside the ancient city's walls, men and women of every age and every faith have gathered to hear the wise words of a mysterious man known only as the Copt. He has summoned the townspeople to address their fears with truth: "Tomorrow, harmony will become discord. Joy will be replaced by grief. Peace will give way to war. . . . None of us can know what tomorrow will hold, because each day has its good and its bad moments. So, when you ask your questions, forget about the troops outside and the fear inside. Our task is not to leave a record of what happened on this date for those who will inherit the Earth; history will take care of that. Therefore, we will speak about our daily lives, about the difficulties we have had to face." The people begin with questions about defeat, struggle, and the nature of their enemies; they contemplate the will to change and the virtues of loyalty and solitude; and they ultimately turn to questions of beauty, love, wisdom, sex, elegance, and what the future holds. "What is success?" poses the Copt. "It is being able to go to bed each night with your soul at peace." * * * Now, these many centuries later, the wise man's answers are a record of the human values that have endured throughout time. And, in Paulo Coelho's hands, The Manuscript Found in Accra reveals that who we are, what we fear, and what we hope for the future come from the knowledge and belief that can be found within us, and not from the adversity that surrounds us. From the Hardcover edition.
María es una joven que vive en el norte de Brasil. A una edad muy temprana ella cree que no podrá encontrar nunca el amor, y cree a la vez que este sentimiento es algo que sólo hace sufrir. Emprendiendo un viaje a Río de Janeiro, María conoce a un empresario que la entusiasma con un cambio de vida: un trabajo en Ginebra. La chica ilusionada con cambiar su vida y encontrar por fin dinero y fama, acepta la oferta. Después de viajar y llegar al paradero de su destino, se da cuenta que el trabajo era convertirse en prostituta. Sin otra opción, se encamina en esta profesión de las calles enfrentada a una desilusión que la aleja para siempre de la nueva actitud que había adoptado frente a la vida. En conclusión el libro nos muestra la difícil relación que hay entre el sexo y el amor.
Here Paulo Coelho details his journey across Spain along the legendaryroad of San Tiago, which pilgrims have travelled since Middle Ages. On this contemporary quest, he encounters a Chaucerian variety of mysterious guides and devilish opponents and learns to understand the nature of truth through the simplicity of life. The Pilgrimage holds an important place in Paulo Coelho's literary canon. His first book, it not only paved the way for his phenomenal novel The Alchemist , but it also fully expresses his humanist philosophy and the depth of his unique search for meaning.
A Magical Tale About Forgiving Our Past and Believing in Our Future The enchanting, true story of The Valkyries begins in Rio de Janeiro when author Paulo Coelho gives his mysterious master J., the only manuscript for his book The Alchemist. Haunted by a devastating curse, Coelho confesses to J., "I've seen my dreams fall apart just when I seemed about to achieve them." In response, J. gives Coelho a daunting task: He must find and speak with his guardian angel. "The curse can be broken," he replies, "if you complete the task." Rising to the challenge, Paulo and his wife, Cristina, drop everything, pack their bags, and take off on a forty day adventure into the starkly beautiful and sometimes dangerous Mojave Desert -- where they encounter more than they bargained for. A masterful blend of the exotic locales, dramatic adventure, and magical storytelling, for which Coelho's fictional works are renowned, this true-life account is at once a modern-day adventure and a metaphysical odyssey.
El Éxito, un veneno irresistible. A mbientada en el atractivo entorno del festival de Cannes, El vencedor estÁ solo va mucho mÁs allÁ del lujo y el glamour, y nos aboca a una profunda reflexiÓn acerca de la fuerza de los propios sueÑos y de cuÁl es la escala de valores con la que nos medimos. Seguiremos los pasos de Igor, empresario ruso magnate de las comunicaciones, destrozado por una dolorosa ruptura sentimental, y conoceremos su delirante plan para atraer la atenciÓn de su ex mujer. En su camino se cruzarÁn Gabriela, una joven y ambiciosa actriz; Jasmine, modelo de Ruanda exiliada en Europa; Javits, un productor influyente y corrupto; y Hamid, estilista que empezÓ de cero y estÁ hoy en la cima de su gloria. La apariciÓn de Igor cambiarÁ para siempre las vidas de todos ellos.
Twenty-four-year-old Veronika seems to have everything -- youth and beauty, boyfriends and a loving family, a fulfilling job. But something is missing in her life. So, one cold November morning, she takes a handful of sleeping pills expecting never to wake up. But she does -- at a mental hospital where she is told that she has only days to live. Inspired by events in Coelho's own life, Veronika Decides to Die questions the meaning of madness and celebrates individuals who do not fit into patterns society considers to be normal. Bold and illuminating, it is a dazzling portrait of a young woman at the crossroads of despair and liberation, and a poetic, exuberant appreciation of each day as a renewed opportunity.
Warrior of the Light: A Manual is an inspirational companion to The Alchemist, an international bestseller that has beguiled millions of readers around the world. Every short passage invites us to live out our dreams, to embrace the uncertainty of life, and to rise to our own unique destiny. In his inimitable style, Paulo Coelho helps bring out the Warrior of the Light within each of us. He also shows readers how to embark upon the way of the Warrior: the one who appreciates the miracle of being alive, the one who accepts failure, and the one whose quest leads him to become the person he wants to be. Paulo Coelho is one of the most beloved storytellers of our time. Now, in the long-awaited companion to his first novel, Coelho presents a collection of philosophical stories that will delight and guide seekers everywhere.
The beloved, bestselling international author of The Alchemist returns with another haunting novel--a thrilling journey into our constant fascination with the worlds of fame, fortune, and celebrity. A profound meditation on personal power and innocent dreams that are manipulated or undone by success, The Winner Stands Alone is set in the exciting worlds of fashion and cinema. Taking place over the course of twenty-four hours during the Cannes Film Festival, it is the story of Igor, a successful, driven Russian entrepreneur who will go to the darkest lengths to reclaim a lost love--his ex-wife, Ewa. Believing that his life with Ewa was divinely ordained, Igor once told her that he would destroy whole worlds to get her back. The conflict between an individual evil force and society emerges, and as the novel unfolds, morality is derailed. Meet the players and poseurs behind the scenes at Cannes--the "Superclass" of producers, actors, designers, and supermodels, as well as the aspiring starlets, has-been stars, and jaded hangers-on. Adroitly interweaving the characters' stories, Paulo Coelho uses his twelfth novel to paint an engrossing picture of a world overrun by glamour and excess, and shows us the possibly dire consequences of our obsession with fame.
How do we find the courage to always be true to ourselves-even if we are unsure of whom we are? That is the central question of international bestselling author Paulo Coelho's profound new work, The Witch of Portobello. It is the story of a mysterious woman named Athena, told by the many who knew her well-or hardly at all. Among them: "People create a reality and then become the victims of that reality. Athena rebelled against that-and paid a high price. " Heron Ryan, journalist "I was used and manipulated by Athena, with no consideration for my feelings. She was my teacher, charged with passing on the sacred mysteries, with awakening the unknown energy we all possess. When we venture into that unfamiliar sea, we trust blindly in those who guide us, believing that they know more than we do. " Andrea McCain, actress "Athena's great problem was that she was a woman of the twenty-second century living in the twenty-first, and making no secret of the fact, either. Did she pay a price? She certainly did. But she would have paid a still higher price if she had repressed her natural exuberance. She would have been bitter, frustrated, always concerned about 'what other people might think,' always saying, 'I'll just sort these things out, then I'll devote myself to my dream,' always complaining 'that the conditions are never quite right. '" Deidre O'Neill, known as Edda Like The Alchemist, The Witch of Portobello is the kind of story that will transform the way readers think about love, passion, joy, and sacrifice.
How do we find the courage to always be true to ourselves--even if we are unsure of who we are? That is the central question of international bestselling author Paulo Coelho's profound new work, The Witch of Portobello. It is the story of a mysterious woman named Athena, told by the many who knew her well--or hardly at all. Like The Alchemist, The Witch of Portobello is the kind of story that will transform the way readers think about love, passion, joy, and sacrifice.
El narrador de El Zahir es un aclamado autor de renombre internacional que vive en Francia y disfruta de los privilegios que le otorgan su fama y su dinero. Esther, su esposa de hace diez a'os, es corresponsal de guerra y a pesar de su exito profesional, y su relativa libertad de los confines tradicionales del matrimonio, se enfrenta a una crisis existencial que la atormenta silenciosamente. Un dia, Esther desaparece con su amigo Mikhail -- quien podria o no ser su amante -- y, perplejas ante la ausencia de indicios, las autoridades deciden cuestionar al narrador. Todos se preguntan si Esther fue secuestrada o asesinada, o si fue que simplemente decidio abandonar un matrimonio que la dejaba insatisfecha. El narrador no tiene las respuestas pero poco a poco comienza a interrogarse sobre su propia existencia. Sin embargo un dia, Mikhail, el hombre con quien Esther fue visto por ultima vez, encuentra al narrador y promete llevarlo a donde se encuentra su mujer. Se embarcan un viaje que los lleva del suntuoso glamour de Paris, a Kazakhstan, el lugar de origen de Mikhail. Y es en este misterioso lugar, marcado por una historia a la vez tragica y espiritualmente poderosa, que el narrador comienza a hacer sorprendentes descubrimientos sobre si mismo. Esta evocadora novela escrita por el aclamado autor de los bestsellers internacionales El Alquimista y Once Minutos es la fascinante historia de una obsesion por recuperar un amor perdido, y una busqueda por comprender como se relaciona con la libertad, la realizacion personal, y la necesidad que cada cual tiene de alcanzar sus metas.
The narrator of The Zahir is a bestselling novelist who lives in Paris and enjoys all the privileges money and celebrity bring. His wife of ten years, Esther, is a war correspondent who has disappeared along with a friend, Mikhail, who may or may not be her lover. Was Esther kidnapped, murdered, or did she simply escape a marriage that left her unfulfilled? The narrator doesn't have any answers, but he has plenty of questions of his own. Then one day Mikhail finds the narrator and promises to reunite him with his wife. In his attempt to recapture a lost love, the narrator discovers something unexpected about himself.
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