Posts Tagged ‘Elif’

Aleph the video – finalists

July 26, 2011

In May 2011, when Paulo Coelho passed 5 million friends on Facebook, he asked everyone what we should do to celebrate.

One of the suggestions was to work together on a project. Out of this was born Aleph the video. The idea was to capture the essense of his latest book O Aleph in a short video.

O Aleph (or Elif in Turkey) is the story of a journey undertaken by Paulo Coelho on the trans-Siberian railway from Moscow to Vladivostok.

Aleph is a point in time and space.

Released in Brazil in August 2010, it will not be available in English until September 2011.

- ALEPH: finalists
- The Aleph Video

The Aleph Video

May 4, 2011

O Aleph (or Elif in Turkey) is the story of a journey undertaken by Paulo Coelho on the trans-Siberian railway from Moscow to Vladivostok.

I am reminded of a Mandelbrot Set. There is also an allusion to Alice. But please do not let this be the book cover. Of the three possible book covers in English, the middle cover is by far the best, the disappearing into the mist in the distance gives a hint of mysticism. [see Which one is the best?]

Aleph is a point in time and space.

Released in Brazil in August 2010, it will not be available in English until September 2011.

- Aleph

Aleph

April 9, 2011

O Aleph by Paulo Coelho. Music by J S Bach.

O Aleph published in Brazil August 2010, shot straight to No One.

O Aleph published in Portutugal in February 2011, shot straight to No One.

Published as Elif in Turkey March 2011, shot straight to No One.

Available in English, September 2011.

In The Eight, which Elaine kindly gave me when I was in Istanbul for Paulo’s St Joseph Day party, we have a cameo appearance by J S Bach, where he speaks of music capturing space and time. To learn more, read The Eight, a semi-mystical novel by Katherine Neville.

Aleph, a point in space and time. Jorge Luis Borges describes it:

The Aleph was about two to three centimetres in diameter, but all of cosmic space was there, with no diminution in size. Each thing was infinite, because I could clearly see it from every point on the universe.

- The Game of Chess

Elif

March 23, 2011
Elif by Paulo Coelho

Elif by Paulo Coelho

Paulo reading Elif - Marcos Borges

Paulo reading Elif - Marcos Borges

Paulo signing Elif at St Joseph's Day Party

Paulo signing Elif at St Joseph's Day Party

In 2006 Paulo Coelho lost his way. He went on a journey, he took the Trans-Siberian Railway from Moscow to Vladivostok. It was on this journey, a spiritual as well as physical journey, that he met Elif, a young Turkish woman.

Elif (O Aleph in Brazil and Portugal) is the story of this journey.

At a press conference in Istanbul on St Jospeph’s Day, Paulo Coelho said that Elif is 90% true, the changes were to fit in with the narrative, that it was very difficult to write, but that he was encouraged by his agent Monica Atunes (who just happened to be sat in front of me) to write it.

Elif is a point in time and space.

Elif was published in Turkey on 11 March 2011. It shot straight to No One.

After the press conference at Pera Palace Hotel I wandered along İstiklal Avenue where I found Elif on display in the window of a bookshop and on display inside.

At the airport Elif was on display at a newsstand. I asked how many they had sold in a week. They said 15-20, to which they added very unusual for a little kiosk.

Inside the airport Elif was on display in a bookstore at Duty Free. They had also built a tower of books of Elif. I asked the same question, to be told 60!

Aleph will not be published in English until September 2011.

At his St Joseph’s Day Party at the Pera Palace Hotel, Paulo Coelho kindly signed for me two copies of Elif. These I left behind in Istanbul as presents, one I gave to Elif the other to Işil.

Paulo Coelho Press Conference at Pera Palace Hotel

March 19, 2011
Paulo Coelho at press conference

Paulo Coelho at press conference

Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. — 1 John 4:8, NIV

Paulo Coelho died at birth, strangled by his umbilical cord. His mother prayed and he survived. The hospital was called Saint Joseph. His mother made a promise to Saint Joseph. Paulo Coelho upholds that promise and one way he does so is to hold a party each year on St Joseph’s Day with his friends to celebrate.

Last year it was at Melk Abbey. This year it is at the Pera Palace Hotel in Istanbul. And that ıs why this afternoon he held this press conference. Not, as some may think, to promote his new book Elif as he did not need to.

Elif (O Aleph in Portugal and Brazil) was released ın Turkey last week. It has already reached Number One in Turkey without any help or promotion by Paulo Coelho. His books do not need it, they sell by word of mouth.

To date almost 150 million books sold. If we assume at least three people read each book, then we are approaching half a billion readers.

Why do people read the books? Ask the readers. All Paulo Coelho does is write them.

Why does he write? We all have stories to tell. That is how we retain our culture. Some of us follow our dreams.

Joseph, a simple carpenter, followed his dreams. He worked with with love.

That is the question we should all ask ourselves: Do we work with love, do we put love into our work? That is the the question God will ask us, not did we sin, but did we put love into our work?

Jesus told stories. The Koran tells us to tell stories and reflect on those stories. The Hindu classics are stories.

People are rising up, they are demanding change, they will no longer accept the old order.

Elif, released in Turkey last week, is the story of a journey. A journey that starts in Moscow on the Trans-Siberian railway. It is a spiritual journey. It is the story of a Turkish woman called Elif.

Elif or Aleph is a point in space and time.

It is rare for Paulo Coelho to hold a press conference, which explains the massed TV cameras. I was told even CNN was there. On the platform with Paulo Coelho was his publisher in Turkey and the Brazilian Ambassador to Turkey.

This evening Paulo Coelho will be hosting a party for his friends at the Pera Palace Hotel in Istanbul.

On leaving Pera Palace I wandered to Istiklal Avenue where I found copies of Elif on display in a bookshop. I had hoped to see the historic tram which Orhan Pamuk writes of in one of his books but I was out of luck. The street was blocked by a massive anti-nuclear demonstration.

Pera Palace Hotel has been recently renovated. It was built for passengers on the Orient Express. Many famous guests including Ernest Hemmingway, Greta Garbo, Agatha Christie, who wrote Murder on the Orient Express whilst staying at the Pera Palace Hotel. In the entrance foyer is an old sedan chair. Chairs such as this were used to carry guests from the station, across the river and up the hill to the Pera Palace Hotel. The electric lift inside the hotel was the second only installed in Europe. The first was the Eiffel Tower. Pera Palace is listed in 1000 Places to See Before You Die, with a copy opened at the relevant pages in a display cabinet in the hotel foyer.

- Paulo Coelho in Turkey
- Paulo Coelho meets readers in Istanbul
- Paulo Coelho İstanbul’da “Elif”i anlattı
- Coelho ‘Elif’ ile İstanbul’da
Paulo Coelho: Paylaşmazsanız insan değilsiniz
Paulo Coelho İstanbul’da
- Brezilyalı Yazar Paulo Coelho İstanbul’da
- Coelho, İstanbul’da


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