This is Linda’s story. She’s lucky.  She knows that. It’s what makes being unhappy even worse. Her friends advise taking medication. But Linda wants to feel more, not less.

A meeting with a politician, and ex-boyfriend, reawakens a side of her that she – respectable wife, devoted mother and ambitious journalist - thought had disappeared.  She embarks on a relationship that is addictive, dangerous and undeniably exciting. But the consequences are far-reaching . . .

Provocative and profound, ADULTERY is about discovering passion in the life you live and learning what it means to be free. This is a thought-provokingand inspiring read for anyone who has ever wondered, ‘is this it?’

Adultery

This is Linda’s story. She’s lucky.  She knows that. It’s what makes being unhappy even worse. Her friends advise taking medication. But Linda wants to feel more, not less.

A meeting with a politician, and ex-boyfriend, reawakens a side of her that she – respectable wife, devoted mother and ambitious journalist - thought had disappeared.  She embarks on a relationship that is addictive, dangerous and undeniably exciting. But the consequences are far-reaching . . .

Provocative and profound, ADULTERY is about discovering passion in the life you live and learning what it means to be free. This is a thought-provokingand inspiring read for anyone who has ever wondered, ‘is this it?’

Editions

Rights sold in 44 languages:

Albanian, Arabic, Armenian, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese (complex), Chinese (simplified), Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, Georgian, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Malayalam, Marathi, Montenegrin, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovene, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, Ukrainian & Vietnamese.

 

Reviews

A novel that sews delicate issues such as depression, infidelity routine and marriage, but sprinkled by the characteristic mysticism of that wizard of words. (Um romance que costura temas delicados, como depressão, infidelidade e a rotina do casamento, sempre salpicados pelo misticismo característico desse mago das letras.)

- O GLOBO EXTRA, BRAZIL, APRIL 2014

 

Adultery tells the traditional story of betrayal, but innovates in its method. For the first time, a world wide known writer uses social media to put together amazing storylines and create characters. ('Adultério' conta uma história tradicional de traição, mas inova no método. Pela primeira vez, um grande escritor conhecido mundialmente se valeu das redes sociais para construir enredos e criar personagens.)

- REVISTA ÉPOCA, BRAZIL, APRIL 2014

 

Constant readers of Paulo Coelho's books will note an erotic and visceral style, prone to strong emotions.

- REVISTA CLAUDIA, BRAZIL, APRIL 2014

 

Adultery deals with a delicate subject, which leaves no one indifferent.

- O ESTADO DE S. PAULO, BRAZIL, APRIL 2014

 

Adultery was set from the start to tackle a subject that not only interests readers, but is also part of their lives.

- JORNAL DO COMMERCIO, BRAZIL, MAY 2014

 

The novel intertwines controversial and heated themes, such as infidelity, depression and  the rut of married life.

- CORREIO, BRAZIL, MAY 2014

 

From darkness to light, it hits rock bottom and bounces to the sky.

- PIERRE VAVASSEUR, LE PARISIEN, FRANCE, 14 MAY 2014

 

… The language of emotion.

- PASCALE TOURNIER, LE PARISIEN MAGAZINE, FRANCE, 30 MAY 2014

 

An ideal new best-seller for the upcoming holidays.

- BELLE, FRANCE, MAY 2014

 

A tour de force.

- CHRISTOPHE VICTOR, TELE 2 SEMAINES, FRANCE, MAY 2014

 

A delicate subject for an author who is able to perceive the issues affecting his readers like a diviner.

- IO DONNA, ITALY, JUNE 2014

 

An unhappy wife, a wild lover. With Adultery, the writer leaves us astonished.

- OGGI, ITALY, JUNE 2014

 

Coelho explores the new borders of female transgression.

- MESSAGGERO, ITALY, JUNE 2014

 

Here is the new, highly expected, Paulo Coelho’s new novel, but don’t get yourself side-tracked from the title.

- XTU STYLE, ITALY, JUNE 2014

 

Aside from the wisely brushed background, it is the plot that stands out as always for its emotional charge, that follows the evolution of the character from the beginning to the end like a silent sentinel. And this is exactly the heart of every Coelho’s novel: the power of love is never demeaned to a sterile romanticism, but is rather a propellant for our self-improvement..

- LA GAZZETTA DEL MEZZOGIORNO, ITALY, JUNE 2014

 

Adultery tells the inner travel that the main character starts to discover himself and his deepest fellings.

- PANORAMA, ITALY, JUNE 2014

 

Coelho wonderfully shows how we can lose ourselves when we don't appreciate what we have.

- KATARZYNA MICHALAK, POLAND, JUNE 2014

 

Coelho narrates a stereotypical story to appear original with his particular narrative skills. The theme is adultery, but it is also a story about a woman maturing. Linda’s story speaks for our own inner voices.

- KOOKMIN ILBO, KOREA, JULY 2014

 

The boredom and insecurity of a beautiful woman who has a hole in her soul even with a perfect life reminds us of Veronika and the insecure heart seeking to find one’s true self and love reminds of Brida. Graphic depictions of sexual love and psychology are in reminiscence of Eleven Minutes. Coelho has a brilliant gift of reading women’s hearts as though he is looking into a sonogram. 

- HANKOOK ILBO, KOREA, JULY 2014
 

Love although risky. Live life the more risky.

- SEOUL NEWSPAPER, KOREA, JULY 2014

 

Adultery is one of the most successful books to date.

- HALA NAJEM, MY WEEKLY FASHION DIARY, LEBANON, AUGUST 2014

 

Coelho structures Adultery in short bursts of prose and brief chapters that make it easy to keep turning pages. Along with Linda's spiritual musings and a few graphic sex scenes, he offers satirical jabs at some broad targets: the regimentation and politeness of Swiss society, the ideological blinders of the psychiatric profession, the shallowness of contemporary journalism.

JULIA M. KLEIN, CHICAGO TRIBUNE, USA, AUGUST 2014

 

Immensely quotable, universally appealing, read all over the world – that’s Paulo Coelho… While Coelho’s books are understandably engrossing, featuring stories that interweave personal drama with universal questions, much of their appeal lies in their seemingly ‘philosophical’ quality.

- EWA ZUBEK, THE HUFFINGTON POST, UK, AUGUST 2014

 

A smart study of one woman’s struggle to feel alive, to understand what matters in life and what’s just futile.

- WE LOVE THIS BOOK, UK, AUGUST 2014

 

Much of interest on depression and schizophrenia, plus humour – it’s set in Geneva and Coelho is witty about the paradoxical Swiss.

- DAILY MAIL, UK, AUGUST 2014

 

Adultery perfectly illustrates the faint line between madness and insanity, happiness and unhappiness as well as the eternal search for our own "personal legend".

- JOANNA DELLA-RAGIONE, DAILY EXPRESS, UK, AUGUST 2014

 

A fascinating story about existential fear, betrayal and spousal sexual sin. (Una apasionante historia sobre miedo existencial, traición conyugal y pecado sexual).

- JULIA M. KLEIN, CHICAGO TRIBUNE, USA, AUGUST 2014

 

With raw emotions and sexually explicit language, Coelho creates a storyline of romantic apathy that could be offensive, but isn’t. In fact, the narrative of a woman in her 30s questioning her so-called “perfect life” actually pulls at the heart, while being both enticing and erotic.

- BOOK REPORTER, USA, AUGUST 2014

 

So simple, but at the same time, so beautiful.

- IDA WENSTROM, BAROMETERN-OT, SWEDEN, AUGUST 2014

 

Coelho describes life in Switzerland as boring and monotonous, just like Linda’s life. Excellent parallels. Usually romances happen in magical and magnificent cities like New York, Paris or London. Coelho is, once again, on top of all best sellers lists.

- ČITAJ KNJIGU, CROATIA, AUGUST 2014

 

Adultery questions the blurred boundaries between love and infatuation. With this novel, Paulo Coelho touches (again) the lives of millions of people who have been wondering about the meaning of their lives and asked the question: Is this the way I imagined my life would be?

- VECERNJI LIST, CROATIA, AUGUST 2014

 

Coelho proves once again that he can write, and he showcases how something can appear as pure 'mainstream', and yet how, at the same time, can be interwoven with hidden spirituality. What I like most about Coelho is the flow of his narrative as well as consistency, and I definitely recommend the novel – many will relate to it.

- RATKO MARTINOVIC, EDITOR AT NEXUS SVJETLOST, CROATIA, AUGUST 2014

 

Paulo's provocative title is a tale of danger, deceit and passion. Exploring themes of risk and uncertainty, the author invites readers to think about what it means to be free, despite the tough decisions it might take to get there.

- SOUL & SPIRIT MAGAZINE, UK, SEPTEMBER 2014

 

It raises questions about discovering passion in the life you live and learning what it means to be free.

- DELFI.LV, LATVIA, OCTOBER 2014

 

The author of The Alchemist, Eleven Minutes and The Zahir proves once again that he knows the female soul. The new masterpiece by Paulo Coelho is more provocative than ever! What is happiness – a perfectly tidy life or passion? The answer becomes clear after one affair.

- ELLE MAGAZINE, BULGARY, NOVEMBER 2014

 

A moving story about love, passion and the crises, which we have to cope with in everyday life. Coelho's novel, told in straightforward, yet highly moving prose from his female protagonist's point of view, is unlike any other literary love triangle.

- RHEIN-RUHR-MAGAZIN, GERMANY, DECEMBER 2014

 

Coelho writes masterfully about emotions, about sex, fears and the dark side of intimacy.

- HAMBURGER ABENDBLATT DE, GERMANY, 2014

 

[Adultery] is about the modern day problems you have to deal with every day: fidelity, lust, and (surprisingly apart from spiritual guidance) erotica. [Coelho] writes honestly about lack of freedom, wounds, sins and their consequences. The characters are easy to like and empathize with; they are able to forgive after infidelity, thus make us realise that love comes above everything else. Paulo Coelho is able to make us believe the message of his story: that everyone needs freedom and adventure. He does than first, to then redirects us back to the thought that family, care and love are even more important than all that. [...] Where, when to read it: It is worth putting in our suitcase when travelling, as we will arrive home with some extra adventures and experiences. Women in similar situations might draw strenght from it, and it can bring some guidance. The novel, a cup of hot tea and a warm blanket... and the pleasure is guaranteed.

- TURBÉK ILDIKÓ FOR MARIE CLAIRE, HUNGARY, JANUARY 2015

 

Sometimes we must stop and see our lives in perspective. Where are we, what is our destination, are we still inspired by yesterday’s goals, or do they feel empty to us now? Shouldn’t we choose a new hobby, meet new people, think about new thoughts? That of course doesn’t mean that we should disown the past and the present, only empathize the importance of reflection and revaluation. Because as time passes, we also change.

I highly respect the author for being brave enough to take that step forward, while not completely abandoning his old ways. I am very curious and looking forward to his next book, his next surprise.

- GALGÓCZI TAMÁS FOR EKULTURA, HUNGARY, JANUARY 2015

 

 

Extracts

Ah, but I haven’t introduced myself. Pleased to meet you, my name’s Linda. I’m thirty-one, five foot eight, 150 pounds and I wear the best clothes that money can buy (thanks to my husband’s limitless generosity). I arouse desire in men and envy in other women. And yet, every morning, when I open my eyes to this ideal world that everyone dreams of having but few achieve, I know the day will be a disaster.

Extract from Adultery

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