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Eleven Minutesby Paulo Coelho
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A new, international bestseller by the author of The Alchemist tells 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. Instead, she ends up working as a prostitute.
In Geneva, Maria drifts further and further away from love as she develops a fascination with sex. Eventually, 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.
In this gripping and daring new novel, Paulo Coelho sensitively explores the sacred nature of sex and love and invites us to confront our own prejudices and demons and embrace our own "inner light."
"Down-to-earth dialogue and detail about classy whoring: one of Coelho's strongest." Kirkus Reviews
"Coelho's basically optimistic and life-affirming temperament and his sense of humor redeem the book from [its] Nordic angst. By the time the fairy tale ending arrives, we feel that Maria has earned her rewards." Washington Post Book World
"[A] compelling tale....A gripping exploration of the potentially sacred nature of sex within the context of love, this may well become Coelho's next international best-seller." Booklist
This gripping and daring new novel by the author of the million-copy bestseller The Alchemist sensitively explores the sacred nature of sex and love and invites readers to confront their own prejudices and demons.
About the Author
Paulo Coelho was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the city where he now lives. In 1988, he published The Alchemist and it launched him as an international bestselling author. Specifically, Paulo Coelho is recognized for his powerful storytelling technique and the profound spiritual insights he blends seamlessly into his parables. Since then, The Alchemist has sold more than 11 million copies worldwide and has been translated into some 41 languages. A winner of numerous literary prizes, Paulo Coelho is also a prominent speaker for humanitarian causes. In 1999, he received a Crystal Award for Artistic Achievement at the Davos Economic Forum Conference.
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