Paulo Coelho: Back to the sacred roads. Aleph

03/17/2010

Paulo Coelho has put the final dot to his new book, Aleph, which will hit Brazilian bookstores in the second half of 2010 and the rest of the world in 2011. In it he narrates his 2006 journey on the Trans-Siberian Railway, in which he travelled 9,258 kilometres between Europe and Asia. The action of the book, considered by the author as non-fiction, takes place inside the train and at the stops, and the two main protagonists are Paulo Coelho himself and a woman.

The book recounts the journey of the author along the third sacred road, the Road to Jerusalem, in search to find the absolute point. The first one was the Road to Santiago, the subject of his novel The Pilgrimage, and the second one was the Road to Rome, the main subject of Brida.

What does "Aleph" mean? It is the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet and a Maths symbol that represents the perfect cardinality. In magic, and this is where it enters the story, the Aleph is the point where everything converges and where everything can be seen at the same time.

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