Manuscript Found in Accra

1099. Jerusalem awaits the invasion of the crusaders who surrounded the city’s gates. Inside the city’s walls, men and women gathered to hear the wise words of a mysterious man– known as the Copt. The people begin with questions about their fears, true enemies, defeat and struggle; they contemplate the will to change, and the virtues of loyalty and solitude; and ultimately turn to questions of beauty, sex and elegance, love, wisdom and what the future holds.“What is success?” poses the Copt: “It's being able to go to bed each night with your soul at peace.” These many centuries later, the wise man’s answers are still valid as a record of the human values that pass through time. In Coelho’s hands, The Manuscript Found in Accra, reveals who we are, what we fear and what we hope for the future comes from the enduring knowledge and belief within us, and not from the adversity that surrounds us.  

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Arabic, Armenian, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Complex), Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Farsi, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Malayalam, Montenegrin, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovene, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish and Ukrainian. 

Reviews

The topics dealt in Jerusalem are surprisingly similar to the overflowing problems of today’s SNS. Thus Manuscript Found in Accra, collections of conversations with a sage from one thousand years ago, is a valid life manual for us. This book delivers not the absolute truth about life and death but the wisdom how to face difficulties in life.
-- JOOGANG DAILY, SEPTEMBER 2013

 

The new novel Manuscript Found in Accra written by Paulo Coelho, the author of The Alchemist, reads like a study of life. Never oblique, he clearly expresses the grounds for his thoughts.
-- THE KYUNGHYANG SHINMUN, SEPTEMBER 2013

 

Manuscript Found in Accra is a book that is very similar to “The Holy Bible”. The setting of the book is in end of 11th Century, but the questions asked by Jerusalem townspeople can be applied to the people living in the modern world.
-- HANKYOREH, SEPTEMBER 2013

 

The wisdom of life delivered by a sage in the 11th Century. Readers who have craved for ‘Paulo Coelho’s wisdom’ will have a chance to calmly overlook values of life through this book.
-- THE SEOUL SHINMUN, SEPTEMBER 2013

 

The wisdom of the sage looking into the roots of life shines like fish scales, here and there. Coelho borrows the lips of a Copt, digging into the roots of fears that take control of our daily lives. Aphorisms that are trimmed with Coelho’s smooth writing style like warm spring sunlight and cool autumn wind penetrates deep down into our hearts. This book will be filled with valuable aphorisms whichever chapter you may chose to read.
-- NAEIL SHINMOON, SEPTEMBER 2013

 

And it is difficult to read this book without coming to consider your own life – pondering your own problems and their relative size. This time Coelho successfully manages, to a significant degree, in helping me lift my gaze and see myself and my life from the outside in. This is a novel that can be read many times. A book you can take down off the shelf and open up at a given chapter, the subject of which appeals to you then and there. And I predict that many will do exactly this. Manuscript Found in Accra is not a Bible; not a religious work at all, but rather a book which will make many people consider and reconsider themselves and their lives. And in doing so, they will find many words of wisdom. Perhaps words of comfort and encouragement. Like one of my favorite quotes from the Copt: «Only he who gives up is defeated. Everyone else is victorious.»

-- ESPEN SELMER - TORGERSEN, WWW.BRABOK.NO, NORWAY, 2013

 

"Manuscript Found in Accra combines the inspirational magic of The Alchemist with the sincerity of his late works."
--24 HOURS, BULGARIA, 2013

 

"Manuscript Found in Accra teaches us that courage is the most important value that we must preserve."

--BIOGRAPH, BULGARIA, 2013

 

"Coelho is the alchemist of words."
--STORY, BULGARIA, 2013

 

“What we have is a book of ethical and spiritual wisdom that joins hands with teachers from East and West. It uses the same direct language we find in such magisterial form in Chuang-tzu and Nietzsche, one that speaks directly to the reader’s innermost being.This book will be of benefit to everyone, especially the young, who are hostages to a superficial, consumerist culture. He feeds what is best in our lives.”
-- LEONARDO BOFF, FOUNDER OF THE LIBERATION THEOLOGY, (THEOLOGIAN AND EMERITUS PROFESSOR OF ETHICS, PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION), BRAZIL.

 

“Manuscript Found in Accra is a testament for the new generation.”
--CONNYBISCHOFBERGER, KRONENZEITUNG, AUSTRIA.

 

“A novel about the meaning of life. Paulo Coelho's best novel since The Alchemist.”

--HAPPINEZ, GERMANY.

 

"Manuscript Found in Accra is billed to the more enlightened as a timeless and powerful exploration of personal growth, everyday wisdom and joy."
--BOOKSCAN, UK.

 

“The only author that can make difficult things seem easy in order to communicate with the whole world: this happens in Manuscript Found in Accra.”

--IL MESSAGGERO, ITALY.

 

"Reading his Manuscript Found in Accra is both a challenge and a joy which lead us not through a crowded road, quite the opposite – it is a road taken by seekers. A road more demanding but more reliable in return. We do not take a big risk with Coelho because there is love on both ends (beginnings) of his road. The roads are long for the slow ones; lives are short for the great ones. Due to Manuscript Found in Accra our lives become longer and our roads shorter. Those who are blessed master this book. Go and read in peace."
--JOZEF BANÁŠ (SLOVAKIAN WRITER).

 

“Manuscript Found in Accra is a small book, but great in its language. It gives strengths to people who are looking for the meaning of life.”
--BOEKENWURM, NETHERLANDS.

 

"Manuscript Found in Accra offers an explanation: Coelho has brought the genre of the parable into modern commercial literature. The parable has a long tradition, but it is not simply a form of “self-help manual”, because it operates on the level of fiction too, thus undermining the teacherly and apparently single narratorial voice. That is what many readers find so fascinating about the parable: it may be simple and easy to understand, but there is also something enigmatic about it. The gap between allegory and meaning is basic to the lessons being taught by the Copt, namely, that stories know no boundaries, something that is repudiated both by defenders of cultural hierarchies and by the guardians of texts as private property.”
--IDELBER AVELAR (BRAZILLIAN LITERATURE PROFESSOR), FOLHA DE SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL.

 

“A book that gives the pleasure of reading and contains knowledge which has to be remembered time and again.”
--ŞALOM NEWSPAPER, TURKEY.

 

"The literary talent of Paulo Coelho is doubtless: he gives precepts earnestly."
--SERGEI JADAN (UKRAINIAN WRITER).

 

"Manuscript Found in Accra is a book that needs, and wants, to be read. Insightful, significant, enlightening, and as important for us now as it was 1,000 years ago at the time of its writing. Perhaps even more so. I cannot recommend it highly enough.”
--CAROL COCHRANE (BRITISH WRITER).

 

"In his books people find the things they would like to get from books and from life. I like this writer because he puts people above any religious or national creeds."
--LARISA DENISENKO (UKRAINIAN WRITER).

 

"Manuscript Found in Accra is written with clarity, wisdom and in a voice. I wish and hope Paulo Coelho will continue to offer us more gifts from the same rich part of him that has given us The Alchemist and Manuscript Found in Accra."
--ALEXANDER ELGURÉN, (NORWEGIAN LITERATURE PROFESSOR).

 

“Manuscript Found in Accra may only be a short book, but it is not a book to be read at one sitting. It needs to be enjoyed bit by bit, to be kept in the drawer of your bedside table, a book that will mean different things depending on the reader’s state of mind. It is made up of brief ‘lectures’ on love, sex, work, false friends, our reluctance to change and, above all, mankind’s greatest fear: being unloved and alone.”
--ÉPOCA, BRAZIL.

 

“The strength of the parable.”
--JESÚS RUIZ MANTILLA, EL PAÍS, SPAIN.

 

“In Manuscript Found in Accra, Coelho wants to speak more and more of important things, of values. The only way to live in peace with the mistery of life.”
--CRISTINA TAGLIETTI, CORRIEREDELLA SERA, ITALY.

 

“We are in Coelho’s hands and we trust in his prophetic writing.”
--LIVIA COLOMBO, OGGI, ITALY.

 

“Life according to Coelho: the spiritual side of existence, personal growth, and the contact of man with his divine side.”
--L’UNIONESARDA, ITALY.

 

“Coelho has arrived at self-knowledge through impervious ways, and he knows how to own the complexity of existence in the truth of an authentic path.”
--ROSSELLAPALMIERI, LA GAZZETTA DEL MEZZOGIORNO, ITALY.

 

“Overwhelmingly beautiful.”
--NEDERLANDSDAGBLAD, THE NETHERLANDS.

 

“Take your time to read this book with attention. It’s worth it!”
--BENERSISTERS.NL, THE NETHERLANDS.

 

“In this book, just like in all his works, Coelho speaks of the main human values, of life, of love, of sorrow, of death, in other words, he tells ourselves to us.”
--YUNUSEMREŞAHIN, MILLIYET BOOK MAGAZINE, TURKEY.

 

“I believe that the world will actually be a livable place both for ourselves and for others if we apply the tenets inspired by the book which are the product of a simple but deep philosophy to our daily lives instead of just remembering them from time to time.”
--YAKUPBAROKAS, TURKEY.

 

"Manuscript Found in Accra is a wise novel from a bygone but sadly still relevant time."
--BOKPARET (SWEDISH BLOG).

 

"Manuscript Found in Accra: Exciting and thought-provoking. This story really got me thinking.”
--MESTLENASGODSAKER (SWEDISH BLOG).

 

"Manuscript Found in Accra opens up the theme of truly important values, exceeding the boundaries and limits of time."
--15 MIN, LITHUANIA.

 

"The newest novel by Paulo Coelho interweaves reality and creative imagination - it is based on values, and values are never fictional."
--DELFI.LT, LITHUANIA.

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