Eleven Minutes

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9780007166039: Eleven Minutes

After being tricked into moving to Geneva as a dancer, Maria must work as a prostitute. She develops a fascination for her work and feels a great desire to help people enjoy sex, but has an aversion to falling in love. One day, however, a painter makes all her dreams come true.

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Eleven Minutes is the story of Maria, a young girl from a Brazilian village, whose first innocent brushes with love leave her heartbroken. At a tender age, she becomes convinced that she will never find true love, instead believing that “love is a terrible thing that will make you suffer. . . .” A chance meeting in Rio takes her to Geneva, where she dreams of finding fame and fortune.

Maria’s despairing view of love is put to the test when she meets a handsome young painter. In this odyssey of self-discovery, Maria has to choose between pursuing a path of darkness—sexual pleasure for its own sake—or risking everything to find her own “inner light” and the possibility of sacred sex, sex in the context of love.

About the Author:

Paulo Coelho was born in Brazil and has become one of the most widely read and loved authors in the world. Especially renowned for The Alchemist and Eleven Minutes, he has sold more than 190 million copies worldwide, has been translated into 80 languages and has been published in 170 countries. The recipient of numerous prestigious international awards, including the Crystal Award by the World Economic Forum and France's Legion d'honneur, Paulo Coelho was inducted into the Brazilian Academy of Letters in 2002. In 2007, he was named a United Nations Messenger of Peace.

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