Aleph is a 2011 novel by the Brazilian writer Paulo Coelho. An autobiographical account of Coelho, it is his fourteenth major book, and touches on the theme of spirituality. Aleph was written in Coelho's native language, Portuguese.

The book tells the story of his own epiphany while on a pilgrimage through Asia in 2006 on the Trans-Siberian Railway.[1][2] The title of the novel is based on Jorge Luis Borges short-story The Aleph, from 1945. (Aleph is the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet, with many mystical meanings). Coelho spent four years gathering information for the book and wrote it in three weeks.[3]


Setting off to Africa, then to Europe and Asia via the Trans-Siberian Railway, the author initiates a journey, as in the words of Coelho, "to conquer his own kingdom";[4] and revitalize his energy and passion. Even so, he never expects to meet Hilal. A gifted young violinist, she is the woman Paulo loved five hundred years before, and the woman he betrayed in an act of cowardice so far-reaching that it prevents him from finding real happiness in this life. Together they initiate a mystical voyage through time and space, traveling a path that teaches love, forgiveness, and the courage to overcome life's inevitable challenges.[5][6][7]

According to Coelho 'Some books are read, Aleph is lived'. References
  1. ^ "Seeking the 'Aleph' with Paulo Coelho". Metro US. 2011-10-03. Retrieved 2017-12-10. 
  2. ^ "Book review: Aleph - bon Voyage with Paulo Coelho - The Express Tribune". The Express Tribune. 2011-10-01. Retrieved 2017-12-10. 
  3. ^ Bosman, Julie (2011-09-26). "Paulo Coelho Discusses 'Aleph,' His New Novel". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-11-23. 
  4. ^ Freeman, Henry (2012-03-15). "A King Reclaiming His Kingdom: The Aleph by Paulo Coelho". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2017-12-10. 
  5. ^ BookBrowse. "Summary and reviews of Aleph by Paulo Coelho". Retrieved 2017-11-23. 
  6. ^ Coelho, Paulo (2012-06-26). Aleph. Translated by Costa, Margaret Jull (Reprint ed.). New York: Vintage. ISBN 9780307744579. 
  7. ^ "Descriptions: Aleph by Paulo Coelho". Retrieved 2017-12-10. 


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