A orillas del rio Piedra me sente y llore (By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept)

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Viaje a través delos pirineos junto a dos amantes en una busqueda espiritual sin tiempo, y descubra los prufundos secretos del amor y la vida en esta nueva novela comovedora, estilulante y mágica escrita a la manera de su aclamado libro El Alquimista,por el incomparable narrador Paulo Coelho.

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Overview

Viaje a través delos pirineos junto a dos amantes en una busqueda espiritual sin tiempo, y descubra los prufundos secretos del amor y la vida en esta nueva novela comovedora, estilulante y mágica escrita a la manera de su aclamado libro El Alquimista,por el incomparable narrador Paulo Coelho.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062514622
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/28/1996
  • Language: Spanish
  • Edition description: Spanish-language Edition
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 216,618
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho, born in Rio de Janeiro in 1947, is one of the bestselling and most influential authors in the world. The Alchemist, The Pilgrimage, The Valkyries, Brida, Veronika Decides to Die, Eleven Minutes, The Zahir, The Witch of Portobello, The Winner Stands Alone, Aleph, and Manuscript Found in Accra, among others, have sold 150 million copies worldwide.

Paulo Coelho nació en Brasil en 1947 y es uno de los autores con más influencia de hoy día. Conocido mundialmente por el bestseller internacional El Alquimista, Coelho ha vendido más de 100 millones de libros en todo el mundo, los cuales han sido traducidos a 68 idiomas y publicados en 150 países. Paulo Coelho escribe una columna semanal que se publica en los periódicos más importantes del mundo.

Biography

His books have been translated into 56 languages, topped bestseller lists throughout the world, and scored him such celebrity fans as Julia Roberts, Bill Clinton, and Madonna; yet for Brazilian publishing phenom Paulo Colho, the road to success has been strewn with a number of obstacles, many of them rooted in his troubled past.

As a youth, Coelho was expected to follow in the footsteps of his father, a professional engineer. When he rebelled, expressing his intentions to become a writer, his parents had him committed to a psychiatric hospital where he was subjected to electro-shock therapy. He left home to join the 1970s countercultural revolution, experimenting with drugs, dabbling in black magic, and getting involved in Brazil's bohemian art and music scene. He teamed with rock musician Raul Seixas for an extremely successful songwriting partnership that changed the face of Brazilian pop -- and put a lot of money in Coelho's pockets. He also joined an anti-capitalist organization called the Alternative Society which attracted the attention of Brazil's military dictatorship. Marked down as a subversive, he was imprisoned and tortured.

Amazingly, Coelho survived these horrific experiences. He left the hippie lifestyle behind, went to work in the record industry, and began to write, but without much success. Then, in the mid-1980s, during a trip to Europe, he met a man, an unnamed mentor he refers to only as "J," who inducted him into Regnum Agnus Mundi, a secret society that blends Catholicism with a sort of New Age mysticism. At J's urging, Coelho journeyed across el Camino de Santiago, the legendary Spanish road traversed by pilgrims since the Middle Ages. He chronicled this life-changing, 500-mile journey -- the culmination of decades of soul-searching -- in The Pilgrimage, published in 1987.

The following year, Coelho wrote The Alchemist, the inspirational fable for which he is best known. The first edition sold so poorly the publisher decided not to reprint it. Undaunted, Coelho moved to a larger publishing house that seemed more interested in his work. When his third novel (1990's Brida) proved successful, the resulting media buzz carried The Alchemist all the way to the top of the charts. Released in the U.S. by HarperCollins in 1993, The Alchemist became a word-of-mouth sensation, turning Coelho into a cult hero.

Since then, he has gone on to create his own distinct literary brand -- an amalgam of allegory and self-help filled with spiritual themes and symbols. In his novels, memoirs, and aphoristic nonfiction, he returns time and again to the concepts of quest and transformation and has often said that writing has helped connect him to his soul. While his books have not always been reviewed favorably and have often become the subject of strong cultural and philosophical debate, there is no doubt that this self-described "pilgrim writer" has struck a chord in readers everywhere. In the 2009 edition of the Guiness Book of World Records, Coelho was named the most translated living author -- with William Shakespeare the most translated of all time!

Good To Know

Few writers are able to accomplish what Coelho can in just two to four weeks -- which is how long it takes for him to write an entire novel.

Before become a bestselling novelist, Coelho was a writer of a different sort. He co-wrote more than 60 songs with Brazilian musician Raul Seixas.

Coelho is the founder of the Paulo Coelho Institute, a non-profit organization funded by his royalties that raises money for underprivileged children and the elderly in his homeland of Brazil.

In our interview with Coelho, he shared some fascinating facts about himself:

"I have been practicing archery for a long time; a bow and arrow helps me to unwind."

"In writing, I apply my feminine side and respect the mystery involved in creation."

"I love almost everything about my work, except conferences. I am too shy in front of an audience. But I love signings and having eye contact with a reader who already knows my soul."

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    1. Hometown:
      Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    1. Date of Birth:
      August 24, 1947
    2. Place of Birth:
      Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    1. Education:
      Left law school in second year
    2. Website:

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Me senté y lloré. Cuenta una leyenda que todo lo que cae en las aguas de este río —las hojas, los insectos, las plumas de las aves—se transforma en las piedras de su lecho. Ah, si pudiera arrancarme el corazón del pecho y tirarlo a la corriente; así no habría más dolor, ni nostalgia, m recuerdos.

A orillas del río Piedra me senté y lloré. El frío del invierno me hacía sentir las lágrimas en el rostro, que se mezclaban con las aguas heladas que pasaban por delante de mi. En algún lugar ese río se junta con otro, después con otro, hasta que -lejos de mis ojos y de mi corazón- todas esas aguas se confunden con el mar.

Que mis lágrimas corran así bien lejos, para que mi amor nunca sepa que un día lloré por él. Que mis lágrimas corran bien lejos, así olvidaré el río Piedra, el monasterio, la iglesia en los Pirineos, la bruma, los caminos que recorrimos juntos.

Olvidaré los caminos, las montañas y los campos de mis sueños, sueños que eran míos y que yo no conocía.

Me acuerdo de mi instante mágico, de aquel momento en el que un sí o un no puede cambiar toda nuestra existencia. Parece que sucedió hace tanto tiempo y, sin embargo, hace apenas una semana que reencontré a mi amado y lo perdí.

A orillas del río Piedra escribí esta historia. Las manos se me helaban, las piernas se me entumecían a causa del frío y de la postura, ytenía que descansar continuamente.

—Procura vivir. Deja los recuerdos para los viejos—decia él.

Quizá el amor nos hace envejecer antes de tiempo, y nos vuelve jóvenes cuando pasa la juventud. Pero ¿cómo no recordar aquellos momentos? Por eso escribia, para transformar la tristeza en nostalgia, la soledad en recuerclos. Para que, cuando acabara. de contarme a mí misma esta historia, pudiese jugar en el Piedra; eso me había dicho la mujer que me acogió Así —recordando las. palabras de una santa— las aguas apagarian lo que el fuego escribió

Todas las historias de amor son iguales.

Habíamos pasado la infancia y la adolescencia juntos. Él se fue, como todos los muchachos de las ciudades pequeñas. Dijo que quería conocer el mundo, que sus sueños iban más allá de los campos de Soria.

Estuve algunos años sin noticias. De vez en cuando recibía alguna carta, pero eso era todo, porque él nunca volvió a los bosques y a las calles de nuestra infancia.

Cuando terminé los estudios me mudé a Zaragoza, y descubrí que él tenía razón. Soria era una ciudad pequeña y su úinico poeta famoso había dicho que se hace camino al andar. Entré en la facultad y encontré novio. Comencé a estudiar para unas oposiciones que no se celebraban nunca. Trabajé como dependienta, me pagué los estudios, me suspendieron en las oposiciones, rompí con mi novio.

Sus cartas, mientras tanto, empezaron a llegar con más frecuencia, y al ver los sellos de diversos países sentía envidia.Él era mi más viejo amigo, que lo sabia todo, recorría el mundo, se dejaba crecer las alas mientras yo trataba de echar raíces.

De un día para otro, sus cartas empezaron a hablar de Dios, y venían siempre de un mismo lugar de Francia. En una de ellas, manifestaba su deseo de entrar en un seminario y dedicar su vida a la oración. Yo le contestépidiédole que esperase un poco, que viviese un poco más su libertad antes de comprometerse con algo tan serio.

Al releer mi carta, decidi romperla: ¿quién era yo para hablar de libertad o de compromiso? Él sabía de esas cosas, y yo no.

Un día supe que estaba dando conferencias. Me sorprendió porque era demasiado joven para ponerse a enseñar nada. Pero hace dos semanas me mandó una carta diciendo que íria a hablar ante un pequeño grupo en Madrid, y que deseaba contar con mi presencia

Viajé durante cuatro horas, de Zaragoza a Madrid, porque quería volver a verlo. Quería escucharlo. Queria sentarme con él en un bar y recordar los tiempos en que jugábamos juntos y creíamos que el mundo era tan grande que no se podía recorrer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2007

    Lo mejorrrrrrrr!

    Este es uno de mis libros favoritos...tal vez pq en cierto modo vivi algo similar. De todos modos, es un placer leer todos los libros de este autor pq su manera de escribir es incomparable y su documentacion de los temas tocados lo hace como nadie.

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  • Posted March 20, 2010

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    Best Book I have ever read!!!!(El mejor libro que he leido)

    If you are looking for a beautiful love story, this is it. You wont be able to put it down... this book is about the love of two childhood friends and how they meet again, its about sacrifice and about follow your heart.
    Si estas buscando una bella historia de amor, esta es!!! Lo he leido ya tres veces y siempre que lo leo me encanta mas y mas. Es la historia de amor entre dos amigos de la infancia, que se vuelven a encontrar. Es una historia de sacrificio y como deberiamos escuchar mas a nuestro corazon.

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    Posted July 13, 2012

    By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept) I red this book, but



    By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept) I red this book, but it got very
    religious about half way through, and that made me not like the novel as
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    HIghly Recommended

    The order was shipped in right away, the book was exactly in the conditioned described, the only con was that the book was supposed to come with a book sleeve cover and it didnt

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