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.”
Paulo Coelho - Brida (angol)
“In Brida, my third novel which I wrote just after The Alchemist, I tell the story of a young woman that dives into sorcery and experiences with different magical traditions. I explore many themes that are dear to me, such as The Great Mother, pagan religions and the perceptions of love. When I wrote this book and published it in Brazil more than 18 years ago, themes such as the feminine face of God were still very foreign to most people. Nevertheless, I noticed, with the passing of time, a shift in perception – people being more open to the intuitive perception of the world and being less seduced by the fixed rules of society. As written on the book, "the noblest thing a human being can experience is acceptance of the mystery. I have the feeling that the world is accepting more and more the mystery and so, dear readers, I present you the story of this young woman today." Paulo Coelho Would you be willing to sacrifice everything for the man or woman of your life? This is the story of Brida, a beautiful young Irish girl, and her quest for knowledge. On her journey she meets a wise man who teaches her about overcoming her fears, and a woman who teaches her how to dance to the hidden music of the world. They see in her a gift, but must let her make her own voyage of discovery. As Brida seeks her destiny, she struggles to find a balance between her relationships and her desire to transform herself. Brida is a moving tale of love, mystery and courage, of the the spiritual side of eros and the erotic side of spirituality.
Paulo Coelho - The Alchemist
Dreams, symbols, signs, and adventure follow the reader like echoes of ancient wise voices in "The Alchemist", a novel that combines an atmosphere of Medieval mysticism with the song of the desert. With this symbolic masterpiece Coelho states that we should not avoid our destinies, and urges people to follow their dreams, because to find our "Personal Myth" and our mission on Earth is the way to find "God", meaning happiness, fulfillment, and the ultimate purpose of creation. The novel tells the tale of Santiago, a boy who has a dream and the courage to follow it. After listening to "the signs" the boy ventures in his personal, Ulysses-like journey of exploration and self-discovery, symbolically searching for a hidden treasure located near the pyramids in Egypt. When he decides to go, his father's only advice is "Travel the world until you see that our castle is the greatest, and our women the most beautiful". In his journey, Santiago sees the greatness of the world, and meets all kinds of exciting people like kings and alchemists. However, by the end of the novel, he discovers that "treasure lies where your heart belongs", and that the treasure was the journey itself, the discoveries he made, and the wisdom he acquired.
Yann Martel - Life of Pi
After the tragic sinking of a cargo ship, one solitary lifeboat remains bobbing on the wild, blue Pacific.The crew of the surviving vessel consists of a hyena, a zebra (with a broken leg), a female orang-utan, a 450-pound Royal Bengal tiger and Pi - a 16-year-old Indian boy.The scene is set for one of the most extraordinary pieces of literary fiction of recent years. Yann Martel's Life of Pi is a transformative novel, a dazzling work of imagination that will delight and astound readers in equal measure. It is a triumph of storytelling and a tale that will, as one character puts it, make you believe in God.
Paulo Coelho - The witch of Portobello
How do we find the courage to always be true to ourselves--even if we are unsure of whom we are? That is the central question of international bestselling author Paulo Coelho's profound new work, "The Witch of Portobello," It is the story of a mysterious woman named Athena, told by the many who knew her well--or hardly at all. Among them: ""People create a reality and then become the victims of that reality. Athena rebelled against that--and paid a high price."" Heron Ryan, journalist ""I was used and manipulated by Athena, with no consideration for my feelings. She was my teacher, charged with passing on the sacred mysteries, with awakening the unknown energy we all possess. When we venture into that unfamiliar sea, we trust blindly in those who guide us, believing that they know more than we do."" Andrea McCain, actress ""Athena's great problem was that she was a woman of the twenty-second century living in the twenty-first, and making no secret of the fact, either. Did she pay a price? She certainly did. But she would have paid a still higher price if she had repressed her natural exuberance. She would have been bitter, frustrated, always concerned about 'what other people might think, ' always saying, 'I'll just sort these things out, then I'll devote myself to my dream, ' always complaining 'that the conditions are never quite right.'"" Deidre O'Neill, known as Edda Like "The Alchemist," "The Witch of Portobello" is the kind of story that will transform the way readers think about love, passion, joy, and sacrifice.
J. R. R. Tolkien - The Hobbit
Seldom has any book been so widely read and loved as J.R.R. Tolkien's classic tale, The Hobbit. Since its first publication in 1937 it has remained in print to delight each new generation of readers all over the world, and its hero, Bilbo Baggins, has taken his place among the ranks of the immortals: Alice, Pooh, Toad... As with all classics, repeated readings continue to bring new detail and perspectives to the reader's mind, and Tolkien's Middle-earth is a vast mine of treasures and knowledge, its roots delving deep into folklore, mythology and language. The Hobbit is, therefore, an ideal book for annotation: as well as offering a marvellous and entrancing story, it introduces the reader to the richly imagined world of Middle-earth, a world more fully and complexly realised in The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion.
Paulo Coelho - By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept
What happens when shyness prevents an adolescent love affair from developing? And what happens when, 11 years later, destiny brings the lovers together again? In the meantime, life has taught her to be strong and to hide her feelings. As for him, he is now a handsome spiritual teacher – with a reputation for performing miracles – who has turned to religion as a refuge from his inner conflicts.
Paulo Coelho - The Fifth Mountain
Fleeing his home from persecution, 23-year-old Elijah takes refuge with a young widow and her son in the beautiful town of Akbar, and is forced to choose between his new-found love, and his overwhelming sense of duty. Evoking all the drama and intrigue of the colourful, chaotic Middle East, Paulo Coelho turns the trials of Elijah into an inspiring story of how faith and love can ultimately triumph over suffering. A gripping and moving story of how one man can surmount tragedy, and inspire a war-torn city to rebuild itself.
Suzanne Collins - The Hunger Games
First in the ground-breaking HUNGER GAMES trilogy. Set in a dark vision of the near future, a terrifying reality TV show is taking place. Twelve boys and twelve girls are forced to appear in a lve event called The Hunger Games. There is only one rule: kill or be killed. When sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen steps forwar to take her younger sister's place in the games, she sees it as a death sentence. But Katniss has been close to death before. Fo her, survival is second nature.
Cecelia Ahern - P.S. I Love You
Some people wait their whole lives to find their soul mates. But not Holly and Gerry. They were childhood sweethearts - no one could imagine Holly and Gerry without each other. Until the unthinkable happens. Gerry's death devastates Holly. But as her 30th birthday looms Holly discovers that Gerry has left her a bundle of notes, gently guiding her into her new life without him, each signed 'PS, I Love You'. With some help from her friends, and her noisy and loving family, Holly finds herself laughing, crying, singing, dancing - and being braver than ever before. Life is for living, she realises - but it always helps if there's an angel watching over you.
Paulo Coelho - Veronika Decides to Die
Veronika has everything she could wish for - young and pretty, with plenty of attractive boyfriends, a steady job, loving family. Yet Veronika is not happy and one winter's morning takes an overdose of sleeping pills, only to wake up some time later in the local hospital. There she is told that although she is alive, her heart is now irreparably damaged and she has only a few days to live… This story follows her through these intense days as she starts question all her ideas about life. Soon she comes to realise that every second of existence is a choice we all make between living and dying. This is a moving and uplifting song to life, one that reminds us that every moment in our lives is special and precious.
Christopher Paolini - Eragon (angol)
When Eragon finds a polished stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon soon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself. Overnight his simple life is shattered and he is thrust into a perilous new world of destiny, magic and power. With only an ancient sword and the advice of an old storyteller for guidance, Eragon and the fledgling dragon must navigate the dangerous terrain and dark enemies of an Empire ruled by a king whose evil knows no bounds. Can Eragon take up the mantle of the legendary Dragon Riders? The fate of the Empire may rest in his hands...
Paulo Coelho - Az accrai kézirat
1099. július 14. Jeruzsálem a keresztesek támadására készült, amikor egy görög férfi, akit Koptnak hívtak, összegyűjtötte a város lakóit egy térre. A tömegben keresztények, moszlimok és zsidók lesték a Kopt szavait, melyektől azt várták, hogy felkészíthetik őket az elkerülhetetlen harcra. De a Kopt, az idős bölcs nem a harcról beszélt, hanem a mindennapok nehézségeiben rejtőző tudásra irányította figyelmüket. Míg az ellenség a falak alatt gyülekezett, az emberek a valódi ellenségről, a veszteségről és a magányról kérdezték. A Kopt pedig megosztotta velük tudását a harcról, a változásról, a bölcsességről, a félelemről, a szépségről, a szerelemről és a hűségről. Szavaiból egy évezreddel később is ugyanolyan tisztán árad a tudás és a bölcsesség.
Emily Brontë - Wuthering Heights
In a house haunted by memories, the past is everywhere... As darkness falls, a man caught in a snowstorm is forced to shelter at the strange, grim house Wuthering Heights. It is a place he will never forget. There he will come to learn the story of Cathy: how she was forced to choose between her well-meaning husband and the dangerous man she had loved since she was young. How her choice led to betrayal and terrible revenge - and continues to torment those in the present. How love can transgress authority, convention, even death. And how desire can kill.
F. Scott Fitzgerald - The Great Gatsby
The exemplary novel of the Jazz Age, F. Scott Fitzgeralds' third book, The Great Gatsby (1925), stands as the supreme achievement of his career. T. S. Eliot read it three times and saw it as the "first step" American fiction had taken since Henry James; H. L. Mencken praised "the charm and beauty of the writing," as well as Fitzgerald's sharp social sense; and Thomas Wolfe hailed it as Fitzgerald's "best work" thus far. The story of the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, of lavish parties on Long Island at a time when, The New York Times remarked, "gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession," it is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s that resonates with the power of myth. A novel of lyrical beauty yet brutal realism, of magic, romance, and mysticism, The Great Gatsby is one of the great classics of twentieth-century literature.
Christopher Paolini - Eldest
Darkness falls... Despair abounds... Evil reigns... Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have just saved the rebel state from destruction by the mighty forces of King Galbatorix, cruel ruler of the Empire. Now, Eragon must travel to Ellesmera, land of the elves, for further training in magic and swordsmanship, the vital skills of the Dragon Rider. It is the journey of a lifetime, filled with awe-inspiring new places and people, each day a fresh adventure. But chaos and betrayal plague him at every turn, and Eragon isn't sure whom he can trust. Meanwhile, his cousin Roran must fight a new battle back home in Carvahall - one that puts Eragon in even graver danger. Will the king's dark hand strangle all resistance? Eragon may not escape with even his life...
Paulo Coelho - Mint az áradó folyó
Életünk olyan, mint egy hol lassan és méltóságteljesen hömpölygő, hol vadul áradó folyó. E kötet lapjain Paulo Coelho élete folyójának egy-egy szakaszán folytatott elmélkedéseit osztja meg olvasóival. A gyűjtemény hosszabb s rövidebb lélegzetű írások füzére, melyek gondolkodásra késztetnek az életről, a halálról, a választás szabadságáról, az elvesztett és a megtalált szerelemről. Egyik történet humoros, a másik komoly, de mindegyik azt kutatja, milyen igazán élni. Arra biztatnak, hogy igyekezzünk álmainkat életünk valóságává tenni, s a Személyes Történetünket soha ne veszítsük szem elől.
Paulo Coelho - Tizenegy perc
A szerző új regényében, mely szinte egy időben 33 nyelven jelenik meg, egy fiatal brazil lány életét meséli el. Maria egy gyerekkori csalódás után úgy érzi, soha életében nem fogja megtalálni az igaz szerelmet. Egy váratlan találkozás révén eljut álmai városába, Genfbe, ahol mesés gazdagságot és hírnevet remélve kezd táncosnőként dolgozni. Hamar ráeszmél, hogy a hírnevet nem adják ingyen, és nemsokára az utcán találja magát, ahol prostituáltként kell megélnie. Az igaz érzelmekről rég letett ugyan, de a szexualitás új és új utakra csábítja mindaddig, amíg egy fiatal festő fel nem lobbantja benne a szerelem tüzét. Választás elé kényszerül: vagy végleg feloldódik a testiségben, vagy megtalálja saját "belső fényét", és a szent szerelemben keresi meg a szex helyét. Coelho újabb világsikerű művében a szerelem szentségéről és a benne rejlő szexualitásról ír, tabuk nélkül, szenvedéllyel, a tőle megszokott spirituális emelkedettséggel.
Christopher Paolini - Brisingr (angol)
Following the colossal battle against the Empire's warriors, Eragon and Saphira narrowly escaped with their lives. But more awaits the Rider and his dragon, as Eragon finds himself bound by promises he may not be able to keep, including his oath to cousin Roran to help rescue his beloved Katrina. When unrest claims the rebels and danger strikes, Eragon must make choices that take him across the Empire and beyond, choices that may lead to unimagined sacrifice. Conflict, action, adventure and one devastating death await readers as Eragon battles on behalf of the Varden while Galbatorix ruthlessly attempts to crush and twist him to his own purposes. Can he become a leader who can unite the rebel forces and defeat the King?
Paulo Coelho - A Piedra folyó partján ültem és sírtam
A brazil Paulo Coelho napjainkban a világ egyik legnépszerűbb írója. Az 1988-as Az alkimista című regényével egy csapásra nemzetközi hírnevet szerzett, de többi regénye is a bestseller-listák élére került. Coelho számos irodalmi díj nyertese. Könyvei 120 országban jelentek meg, a világ 47 nyelvén, milliós példányszámban. Kisemberek sorsa, misztikum, érzelem, transzcendencia - ezek Coelho írásművészetének kulcsszavai. A Piedra folyónál ültem, és sírtam című regénye a már megjelent Veronika meg akar halni és Az ördög és Prym kisasszony címűekkel trilógiát alkot, melyek ugyan teljesen eltérő környezetben játszódnak, de mindegyikük egy-egy próbatételt ábrázol. Veronica magát győzi le, Prym kisasszony az őt és faluját próbára tevő ördögöt, Pilar pedig, jelen regényünk főhőse szerelme vallási elhivatottsága felett győzedelmeskedik. Pilar, a 28 éves joghallgató megcsömörlik napjainak egyhangúságától, és amikor véletlenül találkozik gyerekkori pajtásával, aki időközben bizonyos vallási fanatizmus bálványa lett, együtt elindulnak megkeresni azt a csodát, ami megváltoztathatja életük egyhangúságát. A Pireneusok spanyol és francia részén utazgatnak, kolostorokat, templomokat látogatnak. Pilar megismerkedik különös klerikus és laikus figurákkal, miközben egyre jobban beleszeret egykori pajtásába. A szerzetes barát válaszút elé kerül: maradjon-e a rendben, vagy a szerelem oltárán feláldozza-e csodatévő erejét. Pilar a Piedra folyó mellett írja le érzéseit, emlékezvén a 137. zsoltár kezdő soraira: Babilon folyóvizeinél, ott ültünk és sírtunk. A száműzött emberek ugyanis nem énekelhették azokat a dalokat, amelyek a szívükből szóltak volna.