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.
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.