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Paulo Coelho is the author of many international best sellers, including The Alchemist, Eleven Minutes, and The Pilgrimage. His books have sold more than 130 million copies in 160 countries and have been translated into 72 languages. In 2007, he was named a United Nations Messenger of Peace. He lives in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.


Having gotten into a stale routine in life and reaching a spiritual plateau, 59-year-old Paulo is encouraged by his mentor to travel on another spiritual pilgrimage to reinvigorate his faith. His book signings take him through Europe and Africa, and his journey culminates on the Trans-Siberian Railway across Russia. Fatefully, he ends up traveling with Yao, his translator not only in language but in the various spiritual situations Paulo encounters. But it is Hilal, a young Turkish violinist, who is at the crux of Paulo's problems. She is the reincarnation of a woman whom Paulo had loved and betrayed in a previous life 500 years in the past. It is only by redeeming his past transgressions that his spirituality can progress now. Verdict Creating an amalgam of faith and mysticism, internationally renowned Coelho (The Alchemist) here showcases the cross-cultural need for love, hope, and redemption. His latest visionary novel (although the author in a recent New York Times interview[] considers this work nonfiction) once again provokes thought and introspection. Sure to be popular with his devotees. [See Prepub Alert, 3/7/11.]-Joy Gunn, Henderson Dist. P.L., NV (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

"A new tale of magical longing. . . . Masterful." --San Francisco Chronicle

"Coelho is a novelist who writes in a universal language." --The New York Times "It's time for American readers to set out on a journey of discovery that will lead them to the works of this exceptional writer." --USA Today "[Coelho's] books have had a life-enhancing effect on millions of people." --The Times (London) "Spiritualists and wanderlusts will eagerly devour The Alchemist author's fiery diatribes about love, fear, and the search for all things meaningful." --The Washington Post

"Aleph is a book written by the soul, and for the soul. At once tender and fiercely courageous, it challenges you with an embrace while seducing you with a discerning blade that points directly at the heart of what matters most in life and death. And when you have finished the last word on the last page, even if your logical mind doesn't completely understand all that you've read, your eternal spirit will be dancing with joy." --Cecilia Samartin, author of Broken Paradise

"Vivid, captivating. . . . So engaging that readers will not want to put it down for even a fraction of a second. As the author sets out on his journey, the reader gets the sense that, he too, is embarking on the same voyage." --The International Herald Tribune "[A] chimerical tale. . . . There's no better author to serve such a work than Coelho." --Publishers Weekly

"Enigmatic. . . . An illuminating book." --The National

"Borges set the standard that Coelho capably upholds. . . . Coelho the writer is both discerning and revealing of Coelho the protagonist, whose enthusiasms we share." --The Washington Independent Review

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