Brida (en español)

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Paulo Coelho, con más de 35 millones de libros vendidos, no es sólo uno de los autores más leídos del mundo, sino también uno de los escritores con mayor influencia ideológica de hoy en día. Lectores de más de 150 países, sin distinción de credos ni culturas, le han convertido en uno de los autores de referencia de nuestro tiempo.

Brida es una novela basada en una historia real de cautivadora belleza, la de la joven irlandesa Brida O’ Fern. A la edad de veintiún años, Brida ...

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Overview

Paulo Coelho, con más de 35 millones de libros vendidos, no es sólo uno de los autores más leídos del mundo, sino también uno de los escritores con mayor influencia ideológica de hoy en día. Lectores de más de 150 países, sin distinción de credos ni culturas, le han convertido en uno de los autores de referencia de nuestro tiempo.

Brida es una novela basada en una historia real de cautivadora belleza, la de la joven irlandesa Brida O’ Fern. A la edad de veintiún años, Brida conoce a un mago al que le pide que le ayude a convertirse en bruja. Para ello, la muchacha deberá superar una serie de obstáculos que harán que cambie su concepción de la vida y descubrirá, junto al lector, que el amor es el único medio de alcanzar el mundo espiritual y que nos transfigura, porque cuando amamos queremos ser mejores de lo que somos.

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Coelho's (The Alchemist, 1988; The Witch of Portobello, 2007) ability to draw from Catholic and esoteric spiritual teachings and couch the syncretic result in fictional terms has made his works beloved spiritual staples for decades. Originally published in 1990, this novel purports to be the true story of 21-year-old Brida's spiritual quest. Her questions about life and the occult lead her to two teachers: a magician and a witch. They instruct her to keep the bridge open between the visible and the invisible, to identify her spiritual Gift, and to reunite with her Other Part (a by-product of the soul division that occurs during reincarnation). Alas, two teachers make for an excessively didactic novel and a rather dry story. Coelho includes a few appealing rituals (which he sternly warns the reader against using without appropriate guidance), some compelling precepts, a brief discussion of the spiritual dimension of sex (a special orgasm is required for Brida's spiritual initiation), and a regrettable abundance of underdeveloped and contradictory elements. This is one of Coelho's less inspired and more forgettable works, but his fans will likely request it. An optional purchase for bookstores and public libraries where spiritual themes are popular.-Carolyn Kost, Stevenson Sch. Lib., Pebble Beach, CA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061725432
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/10/2009
  • Language: Spanish
  • Edition description: Spanish-language Edition
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 170,336
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.80 (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, and The Winner Stands Alone, among others, have sold 115 million copies in more than 160 countries.


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
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Brida SPA
Novela

Capítulo Uno

—Quiero aprender magia—dijo la chica.

El Mago la miró. Jeans descoloridos, camiseta, y el aire de desafío que toda persona tímida acostumbra a usar cuando no debía. «Debo tener el doble de su edad», pensó. Y, a pesar de esto, sabía que estaba delante de su Otra Parte.

—Mi nombre es Brida—continuó ella—. Disculpe por no haberme presentado. Esperé mucho este momento, y estoy más ansiosa de lo que pensaba.

—¿Para qué quieres aprender magia?—preguntó él.

—Para responder algunas preguntas de mi vida. Para conocer los poderes ocultos. Y, tal vez, para viajar al pasado y al futuro.

No era la primera vez que alguien iba hasta el bosque para pedirle esto. Hubo una época en que había sido un Maestro muy conocido y respetado por la Tradición. Había aceptado varios discípulos, y creído que el mundo cambiaría en la medida en que él pudiese cambiar a aquellos que le rodeaban. Pero había cometido un error. Y los Maestros de la Tradición no pueden cometer errores.

—¿No crees que eres muy joven?

—Tengo veintiún años—dijo Brida—. Si quisiera aprender ballet ahora, ya me encontrarían demasiado vieja.

El Mago le hizo una seña para que lo acompañase. Los dos comenzaron a caminar juntos por el bosque, en silencio. «Es bonita—pensaba él, mientras las sombras de los árboles iban mudando rápidamente de posiciónporque el sol ya estaba cerca del horizonte—. Pero le doblo la edad.» Esto significaba que posiblemente iba a sufrir.

Brida estaba irritada por el silencio del hombre que caminaba a su lado; su última frase ni siquiera había merecido un comentario por parte de él. El suelo del bosque estaba húmedo, cubierto de hojas secas; ella también reparó en las sombras cambiantes y la noche cayendo rápidamente. Dentro de poco oscurecería, y ellos no llevaban ninguna linterna.

«Tengo que confiar en él—se alentaba a sí misma—. Si creo que él me puede enseñar magia, también he de creer que me puede guiar por un bosque.»

Continuaron caminando. Él parecía andar sin rumbo, de un lado para otro, cambiando de dirección sin que ningún obstáculo estuviese interrumpiendo su camino. Más de una vez anduvieron en círculos, pasando tres o cuatro veces por el mismo lugar.

«Quién sabe si me está probando.» Estaba resuelta a ir hasta el fin con aquella experiencia y procuraba demostrar que todo lo que estaba ocurriendo—inclusive las caminatas en círculo—eran cosas perfectamente normales.

Había venido desde muy lejos, y había esperado mucho aquel encuentro. Dublín quedaba a casi 150 kilómetros de distancia, y los autobuses hasta aquella aldea eran incómodos y salían en horarios absurdos. Tuvo que levantarse temprano, viajar tres horas, preguntar por él en la pequeña ciudad, explicar lo que deseaba con un hombre tan extraño. Finalmente le indicaron la zona del bosque donde él acostumbraba estar durante el día, pero no sin antes alguien prevenirla de que él ya había intentado seducir a una de las mozas de la aldea.

«Es un hombre interesante», pensó para sí. El camino ahora era una subida y ella comenzó a desear que el sol se demorase aún un poco más en el cielo. Tenía miedo de resbalar en las hojas húmedas que estaban en el suelo.

—¿Por qué quieres aprender magia?

Brida se alegró de que el silencio se rompiera. Repitió la misma respuesta de antes.

Pero a él no le satisfizo.

—Quizá quieras aprender magia porque es misteriosa y oculta. Porque tiene respuestas que pocos seres humanos consiguen encontrar en toda su vida. Pero, sobre todo, porque evoca un pasado romántico.

Brida no dijo nada. No sabía qué decir. Se quedó deseando que él volviese a su silencio habitual porque tenía miedo de dar una respuesta que no gustase al Mago.

Llegaron finalmente a lo alto de un monte, después de atravesar el bosque entero. El terreno allí tornábase rocoso y desprovisto de cualquier vegetación; pero era menos resbaladizo, y Brida acompañó al Mago sin ninguna dificultad.

Él se sentó en la parte más alta, y pidió a Brida que hiciese lo mismo.

—Otras personas ya estuvieron aquí antes—dijo el Mago—. Vinieron a pedirme que les enseñase magia. Pero yo ya enseñé todo lo que necesitaba enseñar, ya devolví a la Humanidad lo que ella me dio. Hoy quiero quedarme solo, subir a las montañas, cuidar las plantas y comulgar con Dios.

—No es verdad—respondió la chica.

—¿Qué no es verdad?—Él estaba sorprendido.

—Quizá quiera comulgar con Dios. Pero no es verdad que quiera quedarse solo.

Brida se arrepintió. Dijo todo aquello impulsivamente y ahora era demasiado tarde para remediar su error. Tal vez existiesen personas a quienes les gustase quedarse solas. Tal vez las mujeres necesitasen más a los hombres que los hombres a las mujeres.

El Mago, no obstante, no parecía irritado cuando volvió a hablar.

—Voy a hacerte una pregunta—dijo—. Tienes que ser absolutamente sincera en tu respuesta. Si me dices la verdad, te enseñaré lo que me pides. Si mientes, nunca más debes volver a este bosque.

Brida respiró aliviada. Era tan sólo una pregunta. No precisaba mentir, eso era todo. Siempre consideró que los Maestros, para aceptar a sus discípulos, exigían cosas más difíciles.

Se sentó enfrente de ella. Sus ojos estaban brillantes.

—Supongamos que yo empiece a enseñarte lo que aprendí—dijo, con los ojos fijos en los de ella—. Comience a mostrarte los universos paralelos que nos rodean, los ángeles, la sabiduría de la Naturaleza, los misterios de la Tradición del Sol y de la Tradición de la Luna. Y cierto día, vas hasta la ciudad para comprar algunos alimentos y encuentras en mitad de la calle al hombre de tu vida.

«No sabría reconocerlo», pensó ella. Pero resolvió quedarse callada; la pregunta parecía más difícil de lo que había imaginado.

—Él percibe lo mismo y consigue acercarse a ti. Os enamoráis. Tú continúas tus estudios conmigo, yo te muestro la sabiduría del Cosmos durante el día, él te muestra la sabiduría del Amor durante la noche. Pero llega un determinado momento en que ambas cosas ya no pueden seguir andando juntas. Necesitas escoger.

Brida SPA
Novela
. Copyright © by Paulo Coelho. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2004

    Coelho and Wicca

    I bought this book 'coz so many people recommended it to me. Yet, I was disappointed with it by chapter 4. The story is about Brida, an Irish 21-yr. old woman searching for her spirituality beyond the constrains of the Christian society she lives in. She tries to find it in magick and the old Irish/Celtic religion. She encounters Wicca, a character named after the Wicca religion, which teaches Brida about, what else!, Wicca or the 'Tradition of the Moon.' (For me, Wicca and the Tradition of the Moon is one and the same as Wiccans celebrate Esbats.) <br><br> One of the things that shocked me in this story was that Coehlo mixed Wiccan traditions - the rites, use of athames and tarot, astral projection, etc. - with Christian concepts - such as the Bible and divinity - making the reader wonder about the author's capacity to tell a story and make it believable. (Did he really do research?) For example, Brida goes through the rite of initiation into the Tradition of the Moon (Wicca religion) on the Spring Equinox. During the ritual, Wicca (the High Priestess) blesses them in the name of the Virgin Mary and her son Jesus. I still have to find TRUE Wiccans doing something like on Ostara (Spring Equinox). You don't hear Wiccans quoting from the Bible as they did in this story. <br><br> Another thing that disappointed me was the lack of development of the characters. Brida could have died earlier in the book, and I would have cared. There were glimpses here and there of some of the characters, but nothing that made me care about them and what happened to them. Finally, the dialogs were 'dry' and lacking - not reflecting how people really talk. <br><br> All in all, I felt cheated. I've seen stories better written by authors who have done better research. Besides, I feel that Coehlo tried to make a mockery out of the Wicca religion. You might like this story if you're a Coelho fan. (I know there's a 'cult of personality' around him.) Anyone else - specially pagans, Goddess followers and Wiccans -, stay away from this book.

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  • Posted June 30, 2010

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    ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I HAVE EVER READ! I will never get rid of it. This book has a permanent spot on my book shelf.

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  • Posted February 26, 2010

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    A Sensually & Hypnotic Tale.

    This story was very fantastic and enjoyable. Also a quick read. So the book is a real page turner. Not a waste of time at all.The tale is very unique,and beautifully written. From all the characters senses, details and setting.

    This is the first time I've read a novel from Paulo Coelho.
    Brida is a young female character who experiences much growth & change through out the story both with her 2 mentors Wicca and Magus. Many of the secrets of the universe she learns are passed onto the audience simultaneously. A great fantasy with a twist of erotics blended beautifully well together.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2002

    A True Spiritual Search for Love

    Brida is one of a Trilogy on Women.Coelho's knowledge of Secret Societies, High Spiritualism, Deep Faith enables him to narrate Brida's search of her companion soul. It takes her from a simple student to a search into White Magic, as she initiates in the Cult of the Moon. She meets the Magi an initiate of the Cult of the Sun.He shows her the way to experience real love and universal harmony. He knows that Brida is his soulmate but will not let her know but does show her the way to find that out. Finally Brida does get the gift and finds out but must make a decission...for you to find out.

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