Mumbai, India (PressExposure) March 12, 2012 -- Popular Brazilian author Paulo Coelho released his most-recent book - Aleph. This book is based on his journey across Asia in 2006. It is an autobiographical account of his experiences.
Coelho has discussed how Aleph is the title of a short story by his favorite author Jorge Luis Borges. He says he has always been drawn to the idea of Aleph and this book happens to be his most-personal novel. It is based on a journey that he undertook that revived his faith. He travels across Asia, Africa and Europe via the Trans-Siberian railway. He meets a woman named Hilal, someone he loved five hundred years ago! It is a journey back in time and of the present where they learn about compassion, love, courage and forgiveness. It throws a fundamental question at the reader whether we are where we want to be and whether we are doing what we want to do. At the behest and insistence of Coelho's parents, he decided to study law. For a while, he dropped the idea of being a writer. However, the writing bug bit him again; he abandoned his studies and traveled as a hippie across South America, North America, Central America and Europe for a year. He returned to Brazil and worked as a songwriter for Elis Regina Carvalho Costa, Rita Lee and Raul Santos Seixas. He went on to work as a journalist, theater director and actor before he turned to fulltime writing. He says he has a spiritual awakening down Road of Santiago de Compostela in Spain which he recollected in The Pilgrimage.
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