The Aleph (an excerpt)

The Aleph is Paulo Coelho’s hugely anticipated new book, releasing worldwide in 2011.  It has already been published in Portuguese in Brazil and since its release in July 2010 has stayed firmly in the top 10 bestseller lists.  Readers of the book include the Brazilian President Lula Da Silva.

The Aleph is a journey into Paulo Coelho’s soul; past, present and future.  In his blog he writes:

‘The 3rd sacred road is called Road to Jerusalem. Again, you don’t need to go to Jerusalem, but you have to travel in space and time. The only task I was given was: stay away from home for the next 4 months. I went to several countries, but the epiphany happened while crossing Asia in the Transiberian train (15 days, 7 different time zones, 9.2528 kms from Moscow to Vladivostok). I was traveling with a Turkish girl, Hilal (not her real name), for reasons that you are going to discover in the book. This point where time and space converge is called “The Aleph”(J.L.Borges has a wonderful short story about this point). Therefore, this is the title of my new book: “The Aleph”.’

With the kind permission of Paulo Coelho I have posted below a ‘teaser’  from The Aleph.

Once upon a time there was a poor but very brave man called Ali. He worked for Ammar, a rich old merchant.
One winter’s night Ammar said: “nobody can spend a night like this on top of the mountain without a blanket or food. But you need money, and if you can manage to do that you will receive a great reward. If you don’t, you will work for thirty days without pay”.

Ali answered: “tomorrow I shall do this test”.

But when he left the shop, he saw that a really icy wind was blowing and became scared, so he decided to ask his best friend, Aydi, if it was crazy of him to accept that bet.

After reflecting a while, Aydi answered: “I shall help you. Tomorrow, when you are at the top of the mountain, look ahead. I will be on the top of the mountain next to yours, where I will spend the whole night with a bonfire lit for you. You look at the fire and think about our friendship – that will keep you warm. You will manage, and later on I shall ask you something in return.”

Ali won the test, got the money, and went to his friend’s house: “You told me you wanted some payment.”

Aydi answered: ”Yes, but it isn’t money. Promise that if at any time a cold wind passes through my life, you will light the fire of friendship for me.”

(From “The Aleph”, to be published world wide in 2011)

For more information on The Aleph visit Paulo Coelho’s blog

24 Responses to “The Aleph (an excerpt)”
  1. Annie says:

    This is great ! Thank you Paulo and Priya! Friends ARE our blankets!

    Love and Gratitude

  2. Adriana Bosco-Sanchez says:

    Powerful !
    Thank you for sharing…

    Love and Light

  3. Nubes says:

    I love Coelho. He is the point where the earth and sky meets..


  5. Ishtiaque says:

    I am already excited about Aleph. I love reading Paulo’s works, thanks for sharing.

  6. Beautiful extract- and very timely with bonfire night tomorrow- I will be lighting a bonfire for freindship tomorrow, although most of my freinds would like to come walking over the coals with me!

  7. Ahmed says:

    Wonderful world of paulo as every time 😉 So deep and psychological, and that’s what i love in Paulo’s works

    Thnx for The Post Priya 🙂

  8. Parv Sharma says:

    thnks m eagerly waitng 4 dis book

  9. Baqir says:

    Priya i am dying to read this novel. The Aleph (where time and space converge) is no doubt GOD to me. I blong to a family who is highly inspired by SUFISM (you can google to get familiar with that word if you don’t know about it) in short its kinda islamic budhism. LOVE, Peace and Finding GOD with in your self. And thats the biggest reason paulo sir inspire me, he talk the same, find your self with in you…
    Really i am dying to read it right now.
    Oh sory i realy forgot about the article. This excerpt made me more curious about the novel Thanks for this. Paulo always convey a huge message with all his writtings, May God Bless him.

  10. Farmuda Baig says:

    really nice ……………………………………

  11. Enong says:

    I love the message of the story…. 🙂

  12. zafar azeem says:

    A nice blog,and cute messages,I liked it.

  13. It will be a well defined journey of PAULO

  14. Deep Kalyan says:


    Does any one know if this is true?

    In the London Metro on page 21 I read that both hard copy and ebook of Aleph is being sold for £1.99.

    Love to all of Paulo’s work and fans


  15. Priya Sher says:

    Yes the e- version is £1.99 for a limited period – the hardback is not £1.99 you will have to check retailers price for hardback –


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