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Una novela sobre la lucha entre el Bien y el Mal... y la constante búsqueda del ser humano por alcanzar la verdadera felicidad

Una comunidad dividida por la codicia, la cobardía y el miedo. Un hombre perseguido por el fantasma de un pasado doloroso. Una joven en busca de la felicidad. Siete días, un breve período de tiempo durante el cual el Bien y el Mal librarán una batalla decisiva, y cada personaje decidirá a cuál de los dos bandos pertenece. Una pequeña aldea perdida en el ...

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Una novela sobre la lucha entre el Bien y el Mal... y la constante búsqueda del ser humano por alcanzar la verdadera felicidad

Una comunidad dividida por la codicia, la cobardía y el miedo. Un hombre perseguido por el fantasma de un pasado doloroso. Una joven en busca de la felicidad. Siete días, un breve período de tiempo durante el cual el Bien y el Mal librarán una batalla decisiva, y cada personaje decidirá a cuál de los dos bandos pertenece. Una pequeña aldea perdida en el tiempo y el espacio será el marco de esa inquietante lucha. Con la llegada de un extranjero, el pueblo se convierte en cómplice de una trama perversa que marcará para siempre la historia de sus habitantes.

El demonio y la señorita Prym es un texto emocionante, una novela cargada de tensión que plantea una pregunta esencial sobre la que todos nosotros nos hemos parado a reflexionar alguna vez.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Acclaimed Brazilian author Coelho presents the third title in a trilogy that began with the novels A orillas del Rio Piedra me sent y llore (By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept, Planeta, 1998) and Veronika decide morir (Veronika Decides to Die, Planeta, 2000), both of which concern a week in the life of an ordinary person suddenly confronted with love and death. Like these two titles, Coelho's new novel reflects his professed belief that the most profound changes in individuals and in society occur in brief periods of time, as the result of extreme challenges. In this case, Coelho's fable revolves around the question of whether people will commit evil in order to gain wealth and power. After burying some gold in the forest, a visitor arrives in a small village in the Pyrenees and initiates a power struggle among the villagers by offering to give them the gold if they kill one of their own. Coelho best explains the personal crisis of the villagers through the young barmaid Chantal, who becomes the visitor's messenger and struggles with her choices and beliefs about good and evil in humankind. Coelho has been called a New Age writer for his use of allegories, moral messages, and uplifting life lessons. Although some readers might not agree with his preaching, the intriguing and fluid plot will keep them interested, just as it did in his six previous best-selling novels. Recommended for public libraries and bookstores with a New Age section. Lynn Shirey, Harvard Coll. Lib., Cambridge, MA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
When a stranger lands in isolated Viscos, he starts asking uncomfortable questions about human nature that put the villagers in a metaphysical crisis. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Philadelphia Inquirer
“Only someone Jesuit-trained could bring to Scripture the kind of coolly passionate imagination on display in Coelho’s latest novel.”
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
“A suspenseful fable...satisfying.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789700512976
  • Publisher: Grijalbo
  • Publication date: 1/1/2002
  • Language: Spanish
  • Edition description: Spanish-language Edition
  • Pages: 220
  • Product dimensions: 6.32 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (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, Manuscript Found in Accra, and Adultery, among others, have sold 150 million copies worldwide.


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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Hacía casi quince años que la vieja Berta se sentaba todos los días delante de su puerta. Los habitantes de Viscos sabían que los ancianos suelen comportarse así: sueñan con el pasado y la juventud, contemplan un mundo del que ya no forman parte, buscan temas de conversación para hablar con los vecinos...

Pero Berta tenía un motivo para estar allí. Y su espera terminó aquella mañana, cuando vio al forastero subir por la escarpada cuesta y dirigirse lentamente en dirección al único hotel de la aldea. No era tal como se lo había imaginado tantas veces; sus ropas estaban gastadas por el uso, tenía el cabello más largo de lo normal e iba sin afeitar.

Pero llegaba con su acompañante: el Demonio.

«Mi marido tiene razón --se dijo a sí misma-- . Si yo no estuviera aquí, nadie se habría dado cuenta.»

Era pésima para calcular edades, por eso estimó que tendría entre cuarenta y cincuenta años. «Un joven», pensó, utilizando ese baremo que sólo entienden los viejos. Se preguntó en silencio por cuánto tiempo se quedaría pero no llegó a ninguna conclusión; quizás poco tiempo, ya que sólo llevaba una pequeña mochila. Lo más probable era que sólo se quedase una noche, antes de seguir adelante, hacia un destino que ella no conocía ni le interesaba.

A pesar de ello, habían valido la pena todos los años que pasó sentada a la puerta de su casa esperando su llegada, porque le habían enseñado a contemplar la belleza de las montañas (nunca antes se había fijado en ello, por el simple hecho de que había nacido allí, y estaba acostumbrada al paisaje).

El hombre entró en el hotel, tal como era de esperar. Berta consideró la posibilidad de hablar con el cura acerca de aquella presencia indeseable, pero seguro que el sacerdote no le haría caso y pensaría que eran manías de viejos.

Bien, ahora sólo faltaba esperar acontecimientos. Un demonio no necesita tiempo para causar estragos, igual que las tempestades, los huracanes y las avalanchas que, en pocas horas, consiguen destruir árboles que fueron plantados doscientos años antes. De repente, se dio cuenta de que el simple conocimiento de que el Mal acababa de entrar en Viscos no cambiaba en nada la situación; los demonios llegan y se van siempre, sin que, necesariamente, nada se vea afectado por su presencia. Caminan por el mundo constantemente, unas veces sólo para saber lo que está pasando, otras veces para poner a prueba alguna alma, pero son inconstantes y cambian de objetivo sin ninguna lógica, sólo los guía el placer de librar una batalla que valga la pena. Berta estaba convencida de que en Viscos no había nada de interesante ni especial que pudiera atraer la atención de nadie por más de un día, y mucho menos de un personaje tan importante y ocupado como un mensajero de las tinieblas.

Intentó concentrarse en otra cosa, pero no podía quitarse de la cabeza la imagen del forastero. El cielo, antes soleado, empezó a cubrirse de nubes.

«Eso es normal en esta época del año --pensó-- . No tiene ninguna relación con la llegada del forastero, es pura coincidencia.»

Entonces oyó el lejano estrépito de un trueno, seguido de otros tres. Por una parte, eso significaba que pronto llovería; por otra, si decidía creer en las antiguas tradiciones del pueblo, podía interpretar aquel sonido como la voz de un Dios airado que se quejaba de que los hombres se habían vuelto indiferentes a Su presencia.

«Tal vez debería hacer algo. Al fin y al cabo, acaba de llegar lo que yo estaba esperando.»

Pasó unos minutos prestando atención a todo lo que sucedía a su alrededor; las nubes seguían descendiendo sobre la ciudad, pero no oyó ningún otro ruido. Como buena ex católica, no creía en tradiciones ni en supersticiones, especialmente las de Viscos, que tenían sus raíces en la antigua civilización celta que había poblado aquella zona en el pasado.

«Un trueno es un fenómeno de la naturaleza. Si Dios quisiera hablar con los hombres, no utilizaría unos medios tan indirectos.»

Fue sólo pensar en ello y volver a oír el fragor de un trueno, mucho más próximo. Berta se levantó, cogió su silla y entró en casa antes de que empezara a llover, pero ahora tenía el corazón oprimido, con un miedo que no conseguía definir.

«¿Qué debo hacer?»

Volvió a desear que el forastero partiera inmediatamente; ya estaba demasiado vieja como para ayudarse a sí misma o a su pueblo o, muchísimo menos, a Dios Todopoderoso, quien, en caso de necesitar ayuda, a buen seguro hubiera elegido una persona más joven. Todo aquello no pasaba de un delirio; a falta de nada mejor que hacer, su marido se inventaba cosas que la ayudaran a matar el tiempo.

Pero había visto al Demonio; sí, no tenía la menor duda de ello.

En carne y hueso, vestido de peregrino.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2004


    Paulo Coelho tiene la magia necesaria para crear personajes cuyas historias nos transporten a esa lucha diaria que vive cada ser humano entre el bien y el mal, entre las metas y sueños que nos hemos trazado y las excusas que encontramos para no alcanzarlos.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2014

    he leído varios libros de este autor y prácticamente todos son l

    he leído varios libros de este autor y prácticamente todos son los mismo, a menos que seas estudiante y quieras leer algo fácil, son muy sencillos de leer y pues solamente lo estamos haciendo millonario a este individuo que nos llena con frases de helpself.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2007

    Simplemente estupendo

    Indiscutiblemente este libro es una tremenda injeccion de sabiduria para el que lo lea. Mi mas profundo respecto para el talento que Cohelo deposito en este libro. Totalmente facinante.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2006

    El mal y el bien tienen la misma cara, solo depende de cuando te tropieses con ellos en la vida!

    This is an amazing book from the Title to the very last page!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2002

    Compelling and challenging!!!

    The title hit me when I first noticed the book. I simply had to find out what this was about. The devil: all encompassing, larger than life and Ms Prym: ordinary, human, anonymous. The title sets out the basics of the story: the ordinary versus the extraordinary. The story starts off quite happily and the scene is immediately set. The quiet village is described through its inhabitants but the reader immediately picks up that something is due to happen... and the tension rises. The story is clearly structured and Coelho's style is a very transparent one. No fancy literary mechanisms at first sight, but then again, one must look beyond what he describes, just as the story tells us to listen to what people do not say and to try and see whatever people may want to hide. The book does not tolerate that one puts it down; the story imposes itself upon the reader. Paulo Coelho does not let go until the last word is said. Good and evil, man and god, life and death, pride and fall in one mind-blowing book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2002

    You wont be able to put it down.....

    This was a excellent book. It makes you think not only about the people involved but how you live your everyday life. How quickly you be something you thought you weren't. A brilliant book that everyone should read!!

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