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Paulo Coelho’s Aleph: a must-read

Quince Madrina

International best-selling author Paulo Coelho pays homage to his literary idol with Aleph (Vintage Español), one of the most anticipated books of 2011.

To those unfamiliar with the term, “Aleph”  is the first letter in the Hebrew alphabet.

In the Kabbalah tradition, ithas esoteric and mystical meanings that relates to the origin, and all the energy, of the universe. As described in the book, “Aleph” is a place where time and space meet.

As with his previous books, Aleph draws from Coelho’s personal experience.

It is the result of a journey of self-discovery, a turning point in Coelho’s life that helped him emerge from the “vice of solitude” and the disconnection from his spiritual side. According to the author, it took him four years of research and only three weeks to write it.

The Story

Between March and July 2006, during a personal pilgrimage through Africa, Europe and Asia aboard the Trans-Siberia railway, the protagonist (Paulo) encounters a personal revelation. He meets Hial, a gifted violinist and real life character whose names has been changed for privacy reasons. Deep-sea conversations lead Paulo to discover that five hundred years ago, in a different life, he loved Hial.

He also meets Yao, his translator. His publishers tagged along with him too. Guided by subtle signs, eventually Paulo finds a new meaning to his life.

The story blends all the ingredients mostly associated with Coelho: the universe, spiritual growth, love, friendship, betrayal, forgiveness, redemption, mysticism and magic words. This book will be enjoyed by those who believe in past and future lives and reincarnation.

Who is Pablo Coelho?

Paulo Coelho was born in 1947 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  He left a successful career as a songwriter to pursue his longtime dream of writing full-time. Since his first book, Hell Archives (1982), Coelho has been writing extensively, producing a novel every two years. Among his books are The Pilgrimage, The Fifth Mountain, Brida, The Valkyries, Veronika Decides to Die, The Zahir, Eleven Minutes, The Witch of Portobello, The Winner Stands Alone.

He has sold a reported 100 million books in more than 150 countries and in 67 languages. His opus magnum, The Alchemist has been on the New York Times best-seller list for over 5 years. He lives in Geneva, Switzerland.

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