The new bestselling novel, now in paperback, from international literary phenomenon Paulo Coelho, author of The Alchemist.
A chance meeting in Rio takes Maria to Geneva, where she dreams of finding fame and fortune, yet ends up working the streets as a prostitute. In Geneva, Maria drifts further and further away from love while at the same time developing a fascination with sex.
Eventually, 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.
A daring modern fable about the nature of love and sex.
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 160 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 20 mm
PRAISE FOR ELEVEN MINUTES
"Has a strange and potent chemistry of its own." The Observer
"Coelho has a deceptively simple but elegant writing style which sits well with this strange but gripping tale." Glasgow Evening Times
"Refreshing and insightful...an uplifting read." What's On In London
"A simply-told fable for our times, highlighting the quest for personal spiritual enlightenment." Belfast Telegraph
Awarded 4 stars in New Woman magazine review