Archives for February 2014

Paulo Coelho moves to Penguin Random House in the UK, Australia and India

Susan Sandon, Managing Director of Cornerstone, has acquired rights to Paulo Coelho’s new novel, ADULTERY, acting on behalf of Hutchinson at Cornerstone, Hamish Hamilton in Australia and New Zealand, and Penguin Random House India.
The six figure acquisition, with separate deals for each territory, was struck with Mí´nica R. Antunes at Sant Jordi Asociados.

ADULTERY will be published this August simultaneously with Knopf in the US.

ADULTERY is a thought-provoking novel about the blurred lines between love and infatuation, adventure and self-sabotage. Linda is happily married to a wealthy man, has two children and works as a journalist – she knows she is lucky which only makes her unhappiness more confusing. While being afraid of change, she is also terrified of life continuing as it is. A meeting with a politician, and ex-boyfriend, ignites a side of her she thought had been shut-down with far-reaching consequences for everyone. The inspirational message for the reader is that you need to discover the passion in the life you have, not the life you imagine.

Jocasta Hamilton, Publishing Director, Hutchinson says: ‘Paulo Coelho is one of a handful of authors who can claim to have touched the lives of millions and this book will speak to everyone and anyone who has ever wondered ‘is this it?’ The opportunity to work closely with our international colleagues to deliver a stand-out global publication with a truly international bestselling author is thrilling and we’re all incredibly excited to be part of the Paulo Coelho phenomenon.’

Paulo Coelho has sold more than 150 million books worldwide. His work is published in 80 languages and he is the most translated living author in the world. Paulo has an enormous digital media presence. He is the writer with the highest number of social media followers reaching over 17 million fans through his Facebook page and 9 million followers on Twitter.

For further information, please contact Emma Mitchell, Hutchinson Publicity Director

3 historias cortas: Fe, tiempo y sospecha

Sin parpadear

Durante una guerra civil en Corea, cierto general avanzaba implacablemente con sus tropas, tomando provincia tras provincia, y destruyendo todo lo que encontraba a su paso. El pueblo de una ciudad, al saber que el general se aproximaba -y habiendo oí­do historias de su crueldad- huyó a una montaña cercana.

Las tropas encontraron las casas vací­as. Después de mucho buscar, descubrieron a un monje zen que habí­a permanecido en el lugar. El general ordenó que viniese ante su presencia, pero el monje no obedeció.

Furioso, el general fue donde se encontraba el monje.

-¡Tú no debes de saber quién soy yo! -rugió-. ¡Yo soy quien puede atravesar tu pecho con mi espada, sin parpadear siquiera!

El maestro zen se volvió hacia él y le respondió serenamente:

-Usted tampoco debe de saber quién soy yo. Yo soy aquel que puede ser atravesado por una espada, sin parpadear siquiera.

Al escuchar esto, el general se inclinó, hizo una reverencia, y se retiró.

Todo es cuestión de tiempo

Un judí­o ortodoxo se acercó al rabino Wolf:

-¡Los bares están llenos, y las personas se pasan la madrugada entera divirtiéndose!

El rabino nada respondió.

-Los bares están llenos, las personas pasan la noche en claro jugando a las cartas, ¿y usted no dice nada?

Es bueno que los bares estén llenos -fue el comentario de Wolf-. Todo el mundo, desde el principio de la creación, siempre ha deseado servir a Dios. El problema es que no todos saben la mejor manera de hacerlo. Intenta ver lo que te parece pecado como si se tratara de una virtud. Estas personas que pasan la noche en claro están aprendiendo a permanecer despiertas y a persistir en algo. Cuando se perfeccionen en eso, todo lo que tendrán que hacer es volverse hacia Dios. ¡Y qué magní­ficos siervos serán ellos entonces!

-Es usted muy optimista -dijo el hombre.

-No se trata de eso -respondió Wolf-. Se trata de entender que cualquier cosa que hacemos, por más absurda que nos parezca, puede conducirnos al camino. Todo es cuestión de tiempo.

La sospecha que transforma al ser humano

El folclore alemán cuenta la historia de un hombre que, al despertar, se dio cuenta de que su hacha habí­a desaparecido. Furioso, pensando que su vecino se la habí­a robado, se pasó el resto del dí­a observándolo.

Vio que tení­a maneras de ladrón, andaba furtivamente como un ladrón y susurraba como un ladrón que pretende esconder su robo. Estaba tan convencido de su sospecha, que decidió entrar en casa, cambiarse de ropa, e ir a la comisarí­a a poner una denuncia.

Nada más entrar, sin embargo, encontró el hacha -que su mujer habí­a colocado en otro lugar. El hombre volvió a salir, examinó nuevamente a su vecino, y comprobó que andaba, hablaba y se comportaba como cualquier persona honesta.

1 MIN READING: The Favor Bank

‘What is this Favor Bank?’
‘It was an American writer who first mentioned it. It’s the most powerful bank in the world, and you’ll find it in every sphere of life.’

‘What favors could I do for anyone?’

‘That doesn’t matter in the least. Let me give you an example: I know that one day, you’ll be very influential. I know this because, like you, I too was once ambitious, independent, honest. I no longer have the energy I once had, but I want to help you because I can’t or don’t want to grind to a halt just yet.
I start making deposits in your account – not cash deposits, you understand, but contacts. I introduce you to such and such a person, I arrange certain deals, as long as they’re legal. You know that you owe me something, but I never ask you for anything.’

‘And then one day…’
‘ One day, I’ll ask you for a favor. You do what I ask, I continue to help you, and other people see that you’re a decent, loyal sort of person and so they too make deposits in your account – always in the form of contacts, because this world is made up of contacts and nothing else. They too will one day ask you for a favor, and you will respect and help the people who have helped you. You’ll know everyone you need to know and your influence will keep on growing.’

‘I could refuse to do what you ask me to do.’

‘You could. The Favor Bank is a risky investment, just like any other bank. You refuse to grant the favor I asked you, in the belief that I helped you because you deserved to be helped, because everyone should recognize your talent. Fine, I say thank you very much and ask someone else into whose account I’ve also made various deposits, but from then on, everyone knows, without me having to say a word, that you are not to be trusted.

‘You’ll grow only half as much as you could have grown, and certainly not as much as you would have liked to. At a certain point, your life will begin to decline, you got halfway, but not all the way. Neither frustrated nor fulfilled. You’re neither cold nor hot, you’re lukewarm, and as an evangelist in some holy book says: “Lukewarm things are not pleasing to the palate.”‘


as told to the main character, the writer, in THE ZAHIR

20 SEC READING: the best temptation

Illustration by Ken Crane

A group of devils were trying to enter the soul of a holy man who lived near Cairo; they had already tempted him with Nubian women, Egyptian food, Libyan treasure, but nothing had worked.

One day, Satan passed and saw his servants’ efforts.

– You’re hopeless – said Satan. – You haven’t used the only technique no one can resist; I’ll teach you.

He went over to the holy man and whispered in his ear:

– Remember the priest who studied under you? He’s just been made Bishop of Alexandria.

Immediately, the holy man was filled with rage, and blasphemed against God’s injustice.

– The next time, use this temptation – said Satan to his subjects.

“Men can resist almost everything, but they are always jealous of the victory of a fellow man.”

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10 sec reading Never be ashamed to feign weakness

A wise Chinese master has this to say about the strategies of the warriors of light:

‘Convince your enemy that he will gain very little by attacking you; this will diminish his enthusiasm.’

‘Do not be ashamed to make a temporary withdrawal from the field if you see that your enemy is stronger than you; it is not winning or losing a single battle that matters.’

‘Even if you are very strong, never be ashamed to feign weakness; this will make your enemy act imprudently and attack too soon.’

‘Know your enemy and know yourself and you can fight a hundred battles without disaster.

‘To fight and conquer in all our battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy’s resistance without fighting.

Opportunities multiply as they are seized.


Fundaí§í£o Paulo Coelho (beta)


Se meu trabalho resistir ao tempo, sempre haverá curiosidade em saber como vivi meus dias.
Meus manuscritos. Meus diários. Os recortes de imprensa. As crí­ticas. As cartas dos leitores. E por aí­ vai.
Resolvi criar uma Fundaí§í£o Virtual onde todo este material poderá ser acessado – em qualquer lugar do mundo.

Um local fí­sico ní£o basta – a pesquisa seria limitada í queles que podem vir até Genebra, onde estamos instalando a Fundaí§í£o Paulo Coelho (abertura no final de 2014).
Assim, decidimos colocar todo o material na nuvem.
O portal que estí£o vendo é uma versí£o beta. Podem ocorrer muitos erros durante a navegaí§í£o.

Quem puder colaborar conosco, apontando melhoras, por favor enviar um email para Ertz Porfirio
Muito obrigado.



Character of the week: Yoda

“Do or do not… there is no try.”

“Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.”

“War does not make one great.”

“Death is a natural part of life. Rejoice for those around you who transform into the Force. Mourn them do not. Miss them do not. Attachment leads to jealously. The shadow of greed, that is.”

“That is why you fail. (in response to Luke saying, “I don’t believe it.”).”

“Powerful you have become, the dark side I sense in you.”

“If so powerful you are, why leave?”

“Clear, your mind must be if you are to discover the real villains behind the plot.”

“Train yourself to let go of everything you fear to lose.”

“You must feel the Force around you. Here, between you, me, the tree, the rock… everywhere! Even between the land and the ship.”
“To the Force, look for guidance. Accept what fate has placed before us.”

“May the Force be with you.”

Yoda is a master in the Star Wars universe


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20 sec reading: tirelessly seeking love

To the warriors of light, there is no such thing as impossible love.

They don’t allow themselves to be intimidated by silence, or by rejection.

They know that – behind the icy mask people wear – there is a heart of fire.

That is why the warriors risk more than others.

They tirelessly seek love – even if this means hearing, many times over, the word ‘no’, returning home defeated, feeling rejected in body and soul.

Warriors don’t allow themselves to be discouraged. Without love, living has no meaning.

We must challenge our certainties

In my book The Alchemist, the young shepherd Santiago meets an old man in the town square. He is searching for a treasure, but does not know how to reach it.
The old man starts up a conversation with him: “How many sheep have you got?” “Enough,” answers Santiago.
“Then we have a problem. I can’t help if you think you have enough sheep.”

Based on this extract, the Peruvian priest Clemente Sobrado wrote an interesting piece, which I transcribe below:

One of the biggest problems that we drag around with us all our life is to want to believe we have “enough sheep”.

We are surrounded by certainties, and nobody wants someone showing up to propose something new.
If we could only suspect that we don’t have everything, and that we aren’t all that we could be!

Maybe we are all faced with a very serious problem, namely that although we have the opportunity to help one another, the truth is that few people let themselves be helped.

Why is that? Because they think they have “enough sheep”.

They already know everything, they are always right, they feel comfortable in their lives.

Almost all of us are like that: We have many things but few aspirations.
We have many ideas already sorted out, and we don’t want to give them up.

Our life scheme is already organised and we don’t need someone trying to make changes.
We’ve done enough praying, practiced charity, read the lives of the saints, gone to Mass, taken communion.

A friend of mine once said: “I don’t know why I come to visit you, father. I am already a good Christian.”

On that day I could not help answering: “Then don’t come to visit me, because there are a lot of people waiting to see me and they are all full of doubts. But one thing you ought to know: You aren’t bad enough to be bad, nor good enough to be good, nor holy enough to work miracles.

“You are just a Christian satisfied with what you have achieved.
“And all those who are satisfied have in fact renounced the ideal of always improving. Let’s talk about this some other time, all right?”

Ever since then, whenever we speak on the telephone he starts by saying: “This person who is calling hasn’t yet grown up as much as he could”.