O Aleph

O Aleph by Paulo Coelho

O Aleph by Paulo Coelho

O Aleph, the latest novel from Brazilian writer Paulo Coelho, is due to be released in Brazil on Saturday. It will not be available in the rest of the world until 2011.

Priya Sher has put together on her blog some thoughts on O Aleph from Paulo Coelho.

On 29th July 2010 Paulo Coelho’s new book ‘O Aleph’ will release in all bookstores in Brasil.

‘Waiting for my new book “O Aleph” to hit the bookstores on Saturday, I can assure you: pregnancy is not confined to women.’ Paulo Coelho (on twitter)

The following extract has been written by Paulo Coelho announcing his new book ‘O Aleph’ and has been taken from his blog.

This is the first time I wrote a book in public (I mean, I wrote it in private, but it was like many eyes were on me, because I was doing daily updates on Twitter about my emotional state while writing). I finished it this Thursday, 11 March, at 2:00 AM.

In 2006 I was called to my 3rd sacred pilgrimage.

The first one, the Road to Santiago (1986) takes place in space, meaning that you have to cover a physical distance between two points. In my case, I walked from the border of France to O Cebreiro (Galicia), close to 600 kms. I wrote a book about it, “The pilgrimage”.

The second was in 1989, called Road to Rome, takes place in time. It is not a journey to Rome, but I needed to choose a place (in this case, the French Pyrenees) to stay for 70 days. I had to dream and follow the dream the next day, regardless how absurd it was (I remember dreaming of bus stations, and I spent 3 hrs the next day in a bus station). It deals with the Feminine Energy, and I wrote “Brida” and “By the river Piedra I sat down and wept” while seeing my feminine side manifesting itself.

Paulo Coelho studying the route

Paulo Coelho studying the route

The 3rd sacred road is called Road to Jerusalem. Again, you don’t need to go to Jerusalem, but you have to travel in space and time. The only task I was given was: stay away from home for the next 4 months. I went to several countries, but the epiphany happened while crossing Asia in the Transiberian train (15 days, 7 different time zones, 9.2528 kms from Moscow to Vladivostok). I was traveling with a Turkish girl, Hilal (not her real name), for reasons that you are going to discover in the book. This point where time and space converge is called “The Aleph”(J.L.Borges has a wonderful short story about this point). Therefore, this is the title of my new book: “The Aleph”.

Why did I take so long to write about this pilgrimage? Because it took me three full years to understand it. It is not a travel guide. Of course I describe what it means to have such a long trip in a train, but the main goal is the long trip to my soul, past, present and future.

My friends on Facebook and Twitter are the first to know, besides a note today in Radar (Veja magazine). The book will be released in Brasil very soon, and in the rest of the world in 2011. I wish it could be this year (a writer wants to see his/her soul unveiled the next day), but the publishing houses have a different schedule.

Synchronicity: Publication coincides with my re-reading The Pilgrimage, attending two talks the last two weeks on the Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela and thinking of re-reading By the River Piedra I sat Down and Wept.

Also see


The Pilgrimage

The History of the Pilgrimage to Compostela

Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela today


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2 Responses to “O Aleph”

  1. sara hussain Says:

    i just love paulo coelho’s awesome books.

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