1 MIN READING: tears are words that need to be written

tears

EN FRANÇAIS >> Les mots sont des larmes qui ont été écrites
EM PORTUGUES AQUI >>> As palavras são lágrimas escritas
EN ESPANOL AQUI > Las palabras son lágrimas escritas
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(I am giving a conference in Tunis, Tunisia, in April 2006)

The conversation continues, time passes quickly and I need to wrap things up. For the last question, I choose, at random, out of the six hundred people there, a middle-aged man with a bushy moustache.
‘I don’t want to ask a question,’ he says. ‘I just want to say a name.’
The name he pronounces is that of Barbazan-Debat, a chapel in the middle of nowhere, thousands of kilometres from here, the same chapel where, one day, I placed a plaque in gratitude for a miracle and which I had visited, before setting out on this pilgrimage, in order to pray for Our Lady’s protection.
I don’t know how to respond. The following words were written by one of the other people on stage with me.

In the room, the Universe seemed suddenly to have stopped moving. So many things happened: I saw your tears and the tears of your dear wife, when that anonymous reader pronounced the name of that distant chapel.

You could no longer speak. Your smiling face grew serious. Your eyes filled with shy tears that trembled on your lashes, as if wishing to apologise for appearing there uninvited.

Even I had a lump in my throat, although I didn’t know why. I looked for my wife and daughter in the audience, because I always look to them whenever I feel myself to be on the brink of something unknown.
They were there, but they were sitting as silently as everyone else, their eyes fixed on you, trying to support you with their gaze, as if a gaze could ever support anyone.

Then I looked to Christina for help, trying to understand what was going on, how to bring to an end that seemingly interminable silence.
And I saw that she was silently crying too, as if you were both notes from the same symphony and as if your tears were touching, even though you were sitting far apart.

For several long seconds, nothing existed, there was no room, no audience, nothing. You and your wife had set off for a place where we could not follow; all that remained was the joy of living, expressed in silence and emotion.

Words are tears that have been written down. Tears are words that need to be shed. Without them, joy loses all its brilliance and sadness has no end. Thank you, then, for your tears.

I should have said to the young woman who asked the first question about signs that this was a sign, confirming that I was where I should be, in the right place, at the right time, even though I didn’t understand what had brought me there.

taken from ALEPH
ALEPH: READER’S COMMENTS (no censorshiph)

ALEPH in Farsi (free download)

Aleph-Paulo-Coelho-Persian-cover


CLICK ON THE COVER

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As I don’t have a publishing house in Farsi, Dr. Hejazi translated the book.
He did it for free and I am posting it for free here
Please be welcome to share this link (or the copies) with your friends

HERE: ALEPH PUBLICATION DATES

ALEPH (the video): Winners

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In May 2011, when I crossed 5.000.000 friends on Facebook, I had asked you all what we should do to celebrate.
One of the suggestions was to work together on a project. And then ALEPH, THE VIDEO CONTEST was born.
The idea was based on the title of my new book, currently published only in 6 countries ( #1 in all of them!), and scheduled to be published in the rest of the world in the coming months (here are the PUBLICATION DATES)

I had already selected the winner and the 2nd runner up, but I decided to post the 15 FINALISTS for you to see and share with me your impressions. We had over 1.000 comments, and I thank you all for your participation.

Below you find the winners.
Thank you again for your help

FIRST PLACE

SECOND PLACE

THIRD PLACE

FORTH PLACE

FIFTH PLACE

SIXTH PLACE


Note: as we are in vacations in Europe, the HP Pavillion will be shipped during the first week of September. Thank you Jean-Pierre Le Calvez for donating the computers.

ALEPH: finalists

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In May 2011, when I crossed 5.000.000 friends on Facebook, I had asked you all what we should do to celebrate.
One of the suggestions was to work together on a project. And then ALEPH, THE VIDEO CONTEST was born.
The idea was based on the title of my new book, currently published only in 6 countries ( #1 in all of them!), and scheduled to be published in the rest of the world in the coming months (here are the PUBLICATION DATES)

I had expected to have around 20 to 50 submissions, but to my surprise, hundreds of videos were posted.
All of them were made with love, enthusiasm and creativity, dealing with a point that condenses space and time.

Below you will find 15 selected videos. I already know the winner and the 2nd runner up, but I am having trouble in selecting the other 4 winners, so I decided to post all of them here (including the ones that I selected, BUT that I am not telling you) for you to see and eventually help me. It is not a voting system (as this depends very much on how many friends a finalist has), but your opinion will be taken into consideration

Please leave your thoughts in Comments (at the end of the post)
Thank you to all who participated. You are great.

PLEASE CLICK IN THE THUMBNAIL
  
  
  
  
  

When you pass the mouse, you will notice that every video has a number (from 1 to 15). Please write your opinion using the number.
Thank you

Aleph (the contest) – Final call

We have now 10 days left! The deadline for presenting the video is July 1, 2011.
Read the rules here:
ALEPH, THE VIDEO CONTEST

Remember: you don’t need to buy or read the book – that it is published only in six countries so far (being # 1 in all of them! )
Important: ALEPH by Flavio Waiterman is not in the competition
but you can use as an example.

Below you find some interesting entries.
Looking forward to hearing from you
Paulo

ALEPH by Raif Kurt


ALEPH by M&M

ALEPH by Fiuna & Shauky

Six countries, six # 1 !

Today, ALEPH was published in its sixth country, Serbia.
Thanks Serbia to join Brasil, Portugal, Turkey, Hungary, and Bulgaria ( CHECK ALL THE LISTS HERE ) , in keeping the tradition: directly to # 1 !



(source: Korisna Knjiga)

ALEPH updated publication dates > CLICK HERE
ALEPH video (USA) > CLICK HERE
ALEPH video contest > CLICK HERE

ALEPH (the contest)

Be welcome to participate. Read the rules here: ALEPH, THE VIDEO CONTEST
The deadline for presenting the video is July 1, 2011. The winners will be announced on July 25, 2011.
Remember: you don’t need to buy or read the book – that it is published only in five countries so far
Important: ALEPH by Flavio Waiterman is not in the competition
but you can use as an example.

Below you find some interesting entries.
Looking forward to hearing from you
Paulo

(ALEPH updated publication dates > CLICK HERE)



ALEPH by Richard Kirov & Luba MIladinova

ALEPH by Fussel


ALEPH by Kantar,Turgut and Erkus

ALEPH by Lalou

ALEPH (the contest)

Be welcome to participate. Read the rules here: ALEPH, THE VIDEO CONTEST
The deadline for presenting the video is July 1, 2011. The winners will be announced on July 25, 2011.
Important: ALEPH by Flavio Waiterman is not in the competition
but you can use as an example.

Below you find some interesting entries.
Looking forward to hearing from you
Paulo

ALEPH by Mohamed Imane Chahidi



ALEPH by John Hoelen

ALEPH: five countries, five # 1

ALEPH has been published in 5 countries so far.
And it made # 1 in all of them: Brasil, Portugal, Turkey, Hungary ( CHECK ALL THE LISTS HERE)
and now…Bulgaria! (list below)

Why do I rejoice, if I don’t need to prove anything to anybody, anymore?
a] because I keep my childish soul
b] because I am enthusiastic about my work
c] because when you are happy you make happy everybody around you
Thank you Bulgaria!

ALEPH updated publication dates > CLICK HERE
ALEPH video (USA) > CLICK HERE
ALEPH video contest > >CLICK HERE
 
 

Source: Booktrading.bg

May 16: Aleph in Bulgaria

Bulgaria is the 5th country ALEPH is being published.

In Brasil, Portugal, Turkey and Hungary it went directly to #1, as you can check HERE

I am crossing my fingers…

1:30 min VIDEO: The vanishing point


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TURN THE VOLUME ON, CLICK ON THE PHOTO

Aleph, the contest

Be welcome to participate. Read the rules here: ALEPH, THE VIDEO CONTEST
Below you find some interesting entries.
Looking forward to hearing from you
Paulo

Aleph by Paula Faria


Aleph by Tony Simpson

Aleph by José Nunes

Related posts:
Aleph: four countries, four # 1 (includes publication dates)

ALEPH, THE VIDEO CONTEST
Wikipedia: ALEPH

Four countries, four #1


First it was Brasil (published in August 2010)


Source: Jornal O Globo

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Then Portugal (published in Feb 2011)


Source: Bertrand

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Source: Idefix Online

(click in the images above to see full size)


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And now Hungary

Source: Libri.HU

And I am sure that my readers in the next countries where ALEPH will be published will also support me. Publication dates at the end of this post
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ABOUT THE BOOK: CLICK HERE
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ABOUT THE VIDEO CONTEST: Aleph, the video
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PUBLICATION DATES
(NOTE: The publication dates are not decided by me, but by the publishing houses)

2010
28 JUL 2010 Portuguese (Brasil)
 
2011
11 FEB Portuguese (Portugal)
19 MAR Turkish
11 APR Hungarian
JUN Latvian, Bulgarian
JUL Serbian
AUG Dutch. Espanol (TODOS los países de America Latina, America Central y Mexico)
Slovak, Arabic (worldwide)
SEPT English (USA, UK, Canada, Australia. New Zealand) , Italian
Finnish, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Lithuanian, Romanian
Espanol (Espana), Catalan
OCT Français, Estonian, Czech, Korean, Greek, Polish
 

2012

India ( 8 languages), Hebrew, Russian, German, Japanese, Chinese, Indonesian, Urdu, Thai, Croatian, Slovenian

11/04 Magyarország: Alef

CLICK IN THE COVER TO READ MORE ABOUT THE BOOK

ALEPH: PUBLICATION DATES WORLDWIDE IN 2011: CLCIK HERE

Update 22:30 hr First day of publication, #1 Thank you Hungary!

Aleph, the video

On April 01, 2011, crossing the barrier of 5.000.000 friends in Facebook, I asked what I should do to celebrate it.
The vast majority suggested a prayer, and we prayed together on Wednesday, April 6, at 6:00 PM

Working together was the second most suggested idea, besides a great meeting (which is impossible, due to logistics. Can you imagine if 100k decide to attend? We would never have permission from the authorities without a lot of guarantees, from security to emergency).

Working together is not easy: a writer must bear full responsibility for his work. However, I found a way for a collaborative project, using a book that is not yet published all over the world to implement it (ALEPH is only in Portuguese and Turkish, with other editions being launched later this year )
Meaning: you DON’T have to buy the book to participate.
The contest is open to friends in all my three communities ( Facebook, Twitter and blog)

Subject:
The Aleph, a point that condenses space and time. Jorge Luis Borges describes it: The Aleph was about two to three centimetres in diameter, but all of cosmic space was there, with no diminution in size. Each thing was infinite, because I could clearly see it from every point on the universe.

This is what I experienced in my Trans Siberian trip: love is time and space in a single point, the Aleph, in continuous change.
You can use your imagination at your will. Cartoons, photos, film, etc. As the book is not yet published in many countries, you have to speculate in the magical universe.
 
Duration: from 1:30 min to 3:00 min
 
The structure:
1] your vision on what Aleph means. Please don’t use words, as this video is intended to be for an international audience, with different languages, except
2] at the end , 15 sec where ALEPH / Paulo Coelho appears, followed by
3] 10 sec with your name and the link you want to use to promote your work.
 
Contest:
1] I will select, with my team, six videos
The video selected as # 1 will receive USD 4.000 + one 1 HP Pavilion computer p6780t series
# 2 will receive USD 3.000 + one 1 HP Pavilion computer p6780t series
# 3, #4, # 5 and # 6 will receive USD 1.000 + one 1 HP Pavilion computer p6780t series
2] I wil post them on all my social communities. Besides the 5.000.000 friends in Facebook, at the time of writing this I have 1,4 million in Twitter and over 2 million monthly visitors in my blog - which means over 8.300.000 friends online.
This will give to the winner, besides the prize, also a lot of visibility for his/her work
Any friend from any of the three communities mentioned above can participate.
4] The deadline for presenting the video is July 1, 2011. The winners will be announced on July 25, 2011.
5] If there is no winner (meaning, I did not like any of the submitted videos) the USD 11.000 will be donated to Instituto Paulo Coelho
6] You must upload he link to the videos in YouTube, and then sent it to pilar_piedra@hotmail.com You may upload the video at your earliest convenience.
7] The title of the video on YouTube must be ALEPH by (your name here)
8] You are fully responsible for the material you will use. I mean, if you use copyrighted material, you have to ask permission
9] If it moves beyond Youtube (TV ads, etc), the publishing house using the video will eventually pay you an extra fee.
10] Only videos with the structure mentioned above will be accepted
11] by participating in the contest, you agree with all the conditions mentioned in this post
12] You can participate with as many videos as you want
 
Research:
Some useful links:
My transiberian trip (This material is my copyright, and you may use it if you wish)
Aleph (Category in this blog)
O Aleph (Categoria neste blog)
You can google the word, and there are several images and references to this point that contains the eternity in itself.

If you have any doubts, please use “Comments” below

Love
Paulo Coelho

Aleph: video contest


 
This is the first entry I received for ALEPH, THE VIDEO CONTEST
 
It is not participating, because is not doesn’t comply with one rule (max time 2 min 30 sec), but I believe this is a good demo of the general idea
Please note that in this video my name and “Aleph” appeared too early. The rules require that you first express your vision of this magical point, and then, only at the end, Aleph/Paulo Coelho appears.
Looking forward to your participation (click in the link above to know more about the contest)
 
 
Related posts:
Aleph: four countries, four # 1 (includes publication dates)

ALEPH, THE VIDEO CONTEST

5.000.000 in Facebook: prayer + contest


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April 3, 2011 at 2:18 PM
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TEXTO EN ESPANOL: 5.000.000 en Facebook: oración + concurso

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============ THE PRAYER ============

‘Earlier last week when I asked for your suggestions on how we should celebrate reaching 5.000.000 friends on Facebook, the vast majority of you suggested we should say a prayer at a particular time.
Therefore, on Wednesday, April 6, at 6:00 PM (always your local time) I encourage you to say a prayer.
In my prayer, I will ask:
A] For myself. May God guide me and inspire me for the years to come.
B] For my family and friends on Facebook. May God allow all of them to follow their call, their Personal Legend.
C] For my work. May I always be an instrument of the Light.

As we are in different time zones, I strongly believe that the Planet will be filled with light and prayers during 24 hr.
If you don’t feel confortable with praying, a random act of kindness during the day will certainly be very helpful to this humankind


=============WORKING TOGETHER… ============

…it was the second most suggested idea, besides a great meeting (which is impossible, due to logistics. Can you imagine if 100k decide to attend? We would never have permission from the authorities without a lot of guarantees, from security to emergency).

Working together is not easy: a writer must bear full responsibility for his work. However, I found a way for a collaborative project, using a book that is not yet published all over the world to implement it (ALEPH is only in Portuguese and Turkish, with other editions being launched later this year )
Meaning: you DON’T have to buy the book to participate.
The contest is open to friends in all my three communities ( Facebook, Twitter and blog)

Subject:
The Aleph, a point that condenses space and time. Jorge Luis Borges describes it: The Aleph was about two to three centimetres in diameter, but all of cosmic space was there, with no diminution in size. Each thing was infinite, because I could clearly see it from every point on the universe.


This is what I experienced in my Trans Siberian trip: love is time and space in a single point, the Aleph, in continuous change.
You can use your imagination at your will. Cartoons, photos, film, etc. As the book is not yet published in many countries, you have to speculate in the magical universe.
Duration: from 2 min 30 sec to 3 min
The structure:
1] your vision on what Aleph means. Please don’t use words, as this video is intended to be for an international audience, with different languages, except
2] at the end , 15 sec where ALEPH / Paulo Coelho appears, followed by
3] 10 sec with your name and the link you want to use to promote your work.
Contest:
1] I will select, with my team, six videos
The video selected as # 1 will receive USD 4.000 + one 1 HP Pavilion computer p6780t series
# 2 will receive USD 3.000 + one 1 HP Pavilion computer p6780t series
# 3, #4, # 5 and # 6 will receive USD 1.000 + one 1 HP Pavilion computer p6780t series
2] I wil post them on all my social communities. Besides the 5.000.000 friends in Facebook, at the time of writing this I have 1,4 million in Twitter and over 2 million monthly visitors in my blog - which means over 8.300.000 friends online.
This will give to the winner, besides the prize, also a lot of visibility for his/her work
Any friend from any of the three communities mentioned above can participate.
4] The deadline for presenting the video is July 1, 2011. The winners will be announced on July 25, 2011.
5] If there is no winner (meaning, I did not like any of the submitted videos) the USD 11.000 will be donated to Instituto Paulo Coelho
6] You must upload he link to the videos in YouTube, and then sent it to pilar_piedra@hotmail.com You may upload the video at your earliest convenience.
7] The title of the video on YouTube must be ALEPH by (your name here)
8] You are fully responsible for the material you will use. I mean, if you use copyrighted material, you have to ask permission
9] If it moves beyond Youtube (TV ads, etc), the publishing house using the video will eventually pay you an extra fee.
10] Only videos with the structure mentioned above will be accepted
11] by participating in the contest, you agree with all the conditions mentioned in this post
12] You can participate with as many videos as you want

Research:
Some useful links:
My transiberian trip (This material is my copyright, and you may use it if you wish)
Aleph (Category in this blog)
O Aleph (Categoria neste blog)
You can google the word, and there are several images and references to this point that contains the eternity in itself.

If you have any doubts, please use “Comments” below

Love
Paulo Coelho

Magyarország: Alef

CLICK IN THE COVER TO READ MORE ABOUT THE BOOK

RELEASE DATE: 11 APRIL 2011

Az Alef című regénnyel Paulo Coelho visszatér saját irodalmi gyökereihez.

Őszinte és megdöbbentő személyes beszámolójában arról vall, miként indította el komoly hitbeli válsága a spirituális megújulás útján.

Hogy visszanyerje érdeklődését, szenvedélyét és az élet iránti lelkesedését, az író elhatározza, hogy mindent elölről kezd: elutazik, új élményeket szerez, kapcsolatba lép az emberekkel és a világgal.

A jeleket követve három kontinensre látogat el – Európába, Afrikába és Ázsiába –, és beleveti magát egy nagy utazásba, keresztül-kasul az időn és a téren, a múlton és a jelenen, hogy megtalálja önmagát.

Útja során Paulo lassanként kilép elszigeteltségéből, levetkőzi egoizmusát és büszkeségét, megnyitja lelkét a barátság, a szerelem, a hit és a megbocsátás előtt, és nem hátrál meg az élettel együtt járó kihívások elől.

Akárcsak Az alkimista pásztora, Santiago, a szerző is ráébred, hogy nagy távolságokat kell bejárni ahhoz, hogy megérthessük azt, ami itt van, tőlünk egy karnyújtásnyira. A zarándoklat révén újra érzi, hogy él, hogy képes a gyermek szemével látni a világot és a hétköznapi, apró cselekedetekben megtalálni Istent.

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ALEPH PUB DATES IN OTHER COUNTRIES: CLICK HERE
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Which one is the best?

Today Harper Collins UK sent to my agent the suggested covers for ALEPH
In your opinion, which one is the best?

You may argue: but we don’t know anything about the book. You may click in the name above for a small description; but what matters is which one, in a bookstore, will be more attractive.

The English edition of ALEPH will be published in September . Click HERE to know other publication dates

Please leave your comments here, in this post.

Love
Paulo

O post é em ingles porque estamos falando da capa na Inglaterra, Australia, Nova Zelandia e Canadá.
Hoje a Harper UK enviou as sugestões de capa para minha agente. Qual é a melhor, na sua opinião?
Isso dito, eu adoro a capa de O ALEPH no Brasil
Com amor
Paulo

Turkey: ALEPH #1


First it was Brasil (published in August 2010)


Source: Jornal O Globo

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Then Portugal (published in Feb 2011)


Source: Bertrand

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Source: Idefix Online

(click in the images above to see full size)

And I am sure that my readers in the next countries where ALEPH will be published will also support me. Publication dates at the end of this post
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ABOUT THE BOOK: When I was twenty-two, I devoted myself to the study of magic. I followed various paths, walked too close to the edge of the abyss, slipped and fell, gave up and returned to the path. (To read more, CLICK HERE )
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Could you help us to chose the UK cover? Please CLICK HERE

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The list is far from complete, but these are the confirmed dates so far. There are some languages (like German, Russian, Japanese, for example) where “The Valkyries” is being release this year, so ALEPH will be published in 2012

EN TODOS LOS PAISES DE AMERICA CENTRAL Y AMERICA DEL SUR: SEPTIEMBRE
EN USA (ESPANOL) AGOSTO