When Mata Hari arrived in Paris she was penniless. Soon she was feted as the most elegant woman in the city. A dancer who shocked and delighted audiences; a confidant and courtesan who bewitched the era’s richest and most powerful men.
But as paranoia consumed a country at war, Mata Hari’s lifestyle brought her under suspicion. Then, in 1917, she was arrested in her hotel room on the Champs-Élysées and accused of espionage.
Told through Mata Hari’s final letter, The Spy reveals the unforgettable story of a woman who dared to break the conventions of her time, and paid the price.
At thirty-one, Linda has everything many dream of and few are able to obtain: a perfect life in Geneva, Switzerland. Suddenly, she encounters Jacob, her old high school sweetheart, who bursts into her life to snap her out of her lethargy and make her, once again, feel that unexpected passion she thought she had forgotten.
Adultery brings forth the endless debate: Should we fight temptation or allow ourselves to get carried away by it? An explicit and direct book that breaks taboos and makes us question the need to live a life without living, faced with apathy, resignation, and the fear of nothing ever changing.
MANUSCRIPT FOUND IN ACCRA
Manuscript Found in Accra places us in July 14, 1099. Jerusalem is preparing for the invasion of the Crusaders. While they await the enemy attack, a Greek man by the name of Copt calls the city youth and elders to a meeting. What values will remain after all has been destroyed?
Everyone asked him about his or her true enemies, defeat, loneliness; about the fight, change, beauty, and the path to be followed. About love, loyalty, fate, sex, fear, anxiety, wisdom, and what the future will hold. And Copt’s answers are still valid to this day, one thousand years later.
Aleph is a stunning novel where the author reveals how a serious crisis of faith pushed him to embark on a journey in search of renewal and growth. He decided to start over: travel, experiment, reconnect with the world and the people, and let the signs once again lead his way. On board the Trans-Siberian, the encounter between Paulo and Hilal gives way to a journey through space and time, from the past to the present, in search of love and forgiveness.
“When dissatisfaction doesn’t disappear we understand it was placed there for just one reason: We must change everything and continue moving forward.”
THE WINNER STANDS ALONE
Set at the Cannes Film Festival, during a twenty-four-hour period we will follow Igor, a Russian communications mogul. His path will be crossed by Gabriela, a young and ambitious actress; Jasmine, a model from Rwanda and exiled in Europe; Javits, an influential and corrupt producer; and Hamid, a stylist at the height of his career. Igor’s appearance will change their lives forever.
Our insatiable need for recognition, fame, and fortune seems to draw us closer to success; however, in truth, it brings us closer to loneliness and distances us from our true feelings and values. The Winner Stands Alone is a powerful reflection on our most superficial side that makes us seem indifferent to the world we inhabit.
THE WITCH OF PORTOBELLO
The Witch of Portobello glorifies differences and criticizes a society and its intolerance, which vanquishes an individual’s freedom.
“Athena’s biggest problem was being a twenty-second- century woman living in the twenty-first century, allowing everyone to see her. Did she pay a price? Without a doubt. But she would’ve paid a much higher price if she would’ve repressed her exuberance.”
Paulo Coelho encourages us to defend our roots and beliefs over the will of others and without feeling ashamed about what makes us unique.
LIKE THE FLOWING RIVER
When I was fifteen, I wanted to be a writer, use glasses, have messy hair, and spend half my time angry and the other half depressed; to be misunderstood by my generation. Until one day, a rock singer asked me to write lyrics to his songs, withdrew me from my search for immortality, and placed me once again in everyday people’s paths.
This allowed me to travel to many locations, meet many people, visit many countries, sleep in many places . . . The pages of Like the River Flowing are tales about moments I experienced, stories I was told, and reflections contained in small pills for crazy people.”
The Zahir is an inner voyage that the author decides to embark on when he realizes his obsession is nothing more than an impasse keeping him from the truth: to accept that his life isn’t as perfect as he thinks.
“Everything seemed great among them until Esther disappeared without a trace. The police elaborated kidnapping and murder hypotheses . . . while the husband, guided by these questions, set off on an unexpected journey in search of his wife.”
This novel suggests we fight what obsesses us, what blocks our way, what doesn’t allow us to move forward. Because an obsession is the sign that there is something within us that is not working well.
“Once upon a time there was a prostitute named María . . .” that’s the start of the novel that moved the world.
Eleven Minutes isn’t intended to be a manual about a man and woman facing the unknown world of a sexual relationship, but rather a work of social and critical realism through eroticism and sex.
It reclaims the importance of not denying the instincts that emerge from the dark side of desire. It’s the vindication of feminine sexuality and the exploration of the fear of completely surrendering beyond our own barriers.
Because the world circles around something that only lasts eleven minutes.
THE DEVIL AND MISS PRYM
Miss Prym is torn between the angel and the devil that, like everyone, she carries within her.
The Devil and Miss Prym brings the “And by the seventh day . . .” trilogy to a close, which began with By the River Piedra I Sat and Wept and was followed by Veronika Decides to Die. The three books narrate one week in the life of normal people who are suddenly faced with love, death, and power.
There comes a time in life where the demons within us wake up; in that moment, it’s useless to pretend nothing is going on. The challenge does not wait. One week is enough to know if we choose to accept our fate or not.
VERONIKA DECIDES TO DIE
Veronika seems to have it all: she goes to trendy places, has dates with young attractive men . . . but she’s not happy. Something is missing in her life. That’s why, one morning, she decides to die.
Veronika Decides to Die is part of the “And on the seventh day . . .” trilogy, together with By the River Piedra I Sat and Wept and The Devil and Miss Prym. The three books narrate one week in the life of normal people who are suddenly faced with love, death, and power.
Sometimes, those who swim upstream, those who are different, who don’t play by the rules, who fearlessly face routines without fearing rejection, are considered crazy; but what if they were actually the sane ones?
MANUAL OF THE WARRIOR OF THE LIGHT
The Manual of the Warrior of Light talks about the inner battle we each fight every day. They are battles against worry, contradictions, doubts, and losses. However, within each of us there lives a warrior of light. A warrior of light still has the spark in his eyes.
He isn’t always courageous and doesn’t always act right. He suffers over useless things, sometimes he believes he’s incapable of growing, and he’s not always secure.
That’s why they are warriors of light. Because they make mistakes. Because they accept defeat. Because they question themselves. Because they keep their hope alive amid exhaustion and discouragement. Because they search for a reason, and they do not stop until they find it.
THE FIFTH MOUNTAIN
In the year 870 BC the inhabitants of Phoenicia believe that the prophet Elijah is responsible for their misfortunes and condemn him to death. He knows that the battle lies in choosing to move on with the inevitable or fight against fate.
The Fifth Mountain teaches us that we can all sometimes fall prey to apathy and neglect, letting fate take over our life. Only when we face what seems inevitable and leave the burden of the past behind us will we be able to evolve.
BY THE RIVER PIEDRA I SAT DOWN AND WEPT
By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept is the first book in the trilogy “And on the seventh day . . .”, which is followed by Veronika Decides to Die and The Devil and Miss Prym. The three books narrate one week in the life of normal people who are suddenly faced with love, death, and power.
By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept talks about the importance of rebelling against conventions and following our instincts to live an intense life. Being in touch with our feminine side is the backdrop to a love story told by Pilar, a woman who’s afraid to experience her feelings. A seven-day journey, thanks to its challenge and audacity, will change her life.
Maktub is a collection of columns that Paulo Coelho published during a year in the Folha de São Paulo. A series of stories and parables inspired by sources and folklore from several places that pick up on different cultures’ wisdom.
In the words of Paulo Coelho himself, “Maktub is not a self-help book, but rather an exchange of experiences,” an excellent moment to reflect and find ourselves.
A man and a woman, motivated by a spiritual search, travel to the arid and supposedly empty Mojave Desert. Throughout forty days, surrounded by doubt and temptation, they will meet their most intimate conflicts.
The Valkyries brings us face to face with a battle against our vulnerability and fear of change, an inner war between our acceptance or our self-destruction.
Brida realizes she must control her fear and successfully get through the Dark Night. That Dark Night we must all face once in a while. This is the story of Brida O’Fern, a curious, brave, and bold young woman who confronts her darkest side, dominated by fear.
Brida immerses us in the magic of discovering who we are through our decisions without the fear of making a mistake.
The Pilgrimage is a diary about a trip taken by the main character along the Way of St. James and his encounter and battle with the light and shadow within his own self. A battle we must all fight against our arrogance and we can only face through humility and acceptance of our weaknesses.
“Santiago de Compostela is the Spanish city known as the international capital of pilgrimages. Neither Petrus, my teacher, nor I know that this afternoon I walk toward my fate, which I have dreamed of and denied so many times. I am walking toward the story of my rebirth.”
Only after defeating arrogance can you be the owner of your steps and path, the architect of your dream.
The Alchemist established his worldwide reputation. The novel has already achieved the status of a universally admired modern classic and has been on The New York Times best seller list for more than 427 consecutive weeks, becoming the longest title on the prestigious rank. This story, considered to be timeless by many, is set to enchant and inspire whole generations of future readers. The book have been translated into 81 languages and sold more than 85 million copies worldwide.
Santiago, a young pastor, one day abandons his flock in search of his most precious treasure. He has no idea the adventures that await him when he looks at the universe.
“When I wrote The Alchemist I was trying to understand the raison d’être. Instead of creating a philosophical treaty, I decided to talk with a boy who existed in my soul. To my surprise, this boy lived within millions of people around the world. With this book I want to share with my readers the questions that, precisely for not having answers, make life a great adventure.”
In Hippie, his most autobiographical novel to date, Paulo Coelho takes us back in time to re-live the dream of a generation that longed for peace and dared to challenge the established social order – authoritarian politics, conservative modes of behavior, excessive consumerism, and an unbalanced concentration of wealth and power.
Following the “three days of peace and music” at Woodstock, the 1969 gathering in Bethel, NY that would change the world forever, hippie paradises began to emerge all around the world. In the Dam Square in Amsterdam, long-haired young people wearing vibrant clothes and burning incense could be found meditating, playing music and discussing sexual liberation, the expansion of consciousness and the search for an inner truth. They were a generation refusing to live the robotic and unquestioning life that their parents had known.
At this time, Paulo is a young, skinny Brazilian with a goatee and long, flowing hair who wants to become a writer. He sets off on a journey in search of freedom and a deeper meaning for his life: first, with a girlfriend, on the famous “Death Train to Bolivia,” then on to Peru and later hitchhiking through Chile and Argentina.
His travels take him further, to the famous square in Amsterdam, where Paulo meets Karla, a Dutch woman also in her 20s. She convinces Paulo to join her on a trip to Nepal, aboard the Magic Bus that travels across Europe and Central Asia to Kathmandu. They embark on a journey in the company of fascinating fellow travelers, each of whom has a story to tell, and each of whom will undergo a transformation, changing their priorities and values, along the way. As they travel together, Paulo and Karla explore their own relationship, an awakening on every level that brings each of them to a choice and a decision that sets the course for their lives thereafter.