ALSO BY PAULO COELHO
The Alchemist The Pilgrimage The Valkyries By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept The Fifth Mountain Veronika Decides to Die Warrior of the Light: A Manual Eleven Minutes The Zahir The Devil and Miss Prym The Witch of Portobello Brida The Winner Stands Alone
THIS IS A BORZOI BOOK PUBLISHED BY ALFRED A. KNOPF
Translation copyright © 2011 by Margaret Jull Costa All rights reserved. Published in the United States by Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Random House, Inc., New York, and in Canada by Random House of Canada Limited, Toronto. www.aaknopf.com Originally published in Brazil as O Aleph by Sextante, Rio de Janeiro, in 2010. Copyright © 2010 by Paulo Coelho. Map by John Gilkes Knopf, Borzoi Books, and the colophon are registered trademarks of Random House, Inc. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Coelho, Paulo. [Aleph. English] Aleph / by Paulo Coelho; translated by Margaret Jull Costa.—1st American ed. p. cm. “This is a Borzoi book.” eISBN: 978-0-307-95701-6 I. Costa, Margaret Jull. II. Title. PQ9698.13.O3546 A4413 2011 869.3′42—dc22 2011021088 This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents either are the product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, events, or locales is entirely coincidental. Jacket design by Katya Mezhibovskaya v3.1
O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for those who turn to you. Amen. A certain nobleman went into a far country, to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return. —Luke 19:12
For J., who keeps me walking, S.J., who continues to protect me, Hilal, for her words of forgiveness in the church in Novosibirsk
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