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Veronika es una joven que tiene los mismos sueños y deseos que cualquier persona de su edad. Es guapa, cuenta con un buen trabajo y no le faltan pretendientes. Su vida transcurre sin mayores sobresaltos, sin grandes alegrías ni grandes tristezas. Pero Veronika no es feliz. Por eso, la mañana del 11 de noviembre de 1997, Veronika decide morir. Sueños y fantasías. Deseo y muerte. Locura y pasión. Veronika, en su camino hacia la muerte, descubre que cada segundo de la existencia es una opción que tomamos entre la ...

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Overview

Veronika es una joven que tiene los mismos sueños y deseos que cualquier persona de su edad. Es guapa, cuenta con un buen trabajo y no le faltan pretendientes. Su vida transcurre sin mayores sobresaltos, sin grandes alegrías ni grandes tristezas. Pero Veronika no es feliz. Por eso, la mañana del 11 de noviembre de 1997, Veronika decide morir. Sueños y fantasías. Deseo y muerte. Locura y pasión. Veronika, en su camino hacia la muerte, descubre que cada segundo de la existencia es una opción que tomamos entre la alternativa de sequir adelante o de abandonar. Veronika experimenta placeres nuevos y halla un nuevo sentido a la vida, un sentido que le había permanecido oculto hasta ahora, cuando ya es demasiado tarde para echarse atrás.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060011932
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/28/2001
  • Language: Spanish
  • Edition description: Spanish-language Edition
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.31 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Meet the Author

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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El día 11 de noviembre de 1997, Veronika decidió que había Ilegado, por fin, el momento de matarse. Limpió cuidadosamente su cuarto alquilado en un convento de monjas, apagó la calefacción, se cepilló los dientes y se acostó.

De la mesita de noche sacó las cuatro cajas de pastillas para dormir. En vez de juntarlas y diluirlas en agua, resolvió tomarlas una por una, ya que existe gran distancia entre la intención y el acto y ella quería estar libre para arrepentirse a mitad de camino. Sin embargo, a cada comprimido que tragaba se sentía más convencida; al cabo de cinco minutos las cajas estaban vacías.

Como no sabía exactamente cuánto tiempo iba a tardar en perder la conciencia, había dejado encima de la cama una revista francesa, Homme, edición de aquel mes, recién Ilegada a la biblioteca donde trabajaba. Aun cuando no tuviese ningún interés especial por la informática, al hojear la revista había descubierto un artículo sobre un juegoordenador (CD-ROM) le llamaban creado por Paulo Coelho, un escritor brasileño al que había tenido la oportunidad de conocer en una conferencia

en el café del hotel Gran Unión. Ambos habían intercambiado algunas palabras, y ella había terminado siendo convidada por su editor a una cena que se celebraba esa noche. Pero el grupo era grande, y no hubo posibilidad de profundizar en ningún tema.

El hecho de haber conocido al autor, sin embargo, la llevaba a pensar que él formaba parte de su mundo, y leer algosobre su trabajo podía ayudarla a pasar el tiempo. Mientras esperaba la muerte, Veronika comenzó a leer sobre informatica, un tema que no le interesaba en absoluto, y esto armonizaba con todo lo que había hecho durante toda su vida, siempre buscando lo más facil o lo que se hallara. al alcance de la mano. Como aquella revista, por ejemplo.

Para su sorpresa, no obstante, la primera linea del texto la sacó de su pasividad natural (los somnífferos aún no se habían disuelto en el estómago, pero Veronika ya era pasiva por naturaleza) e hizo que, por primera vez en su vida, considerase como verdadera una frase que estaba muy de moda entre sus amigos: nada en este mundo sucede por casualidad.

¿Por qué qué aquella primera Iínea, justamente en un momento en que había comenzado a morir? ¿Cuál era el mensaje oculto que tenía ante sus ojos, si es que existen mensajes ocultos en vez de casualidades?

Debajo de una ilustración del tal juego de ordenador, el periodista comenzaba su escrito preguntando: ¿Dónde está Eslovenia? Nadie sabe dónde está Eslovenia pensó— No tienen idea.

Pero aun así Eslovenia existía, y estaba allí afuera, allí dentro, en las montañas que la rodeaban y en la plaza delante de sus ojos: Eslovenia era su país.

Apartó la revista: no le interesaba ahora indignarse con un mundo que ignoraba por completo la existencia de los eslovenos el honor de su nación ya no le inspiraba respeto. Había Ilegado la hora de tener orgullo de sí misma, de saber que había sido capaz, que finalmente había tenido valor y estaba dejando esta vida. ¡Qué alegría! Y estaba haciendo eso tal como siempre lo había soñado: mediante comprimidos, que no dejan marcas.

Veronika había estado buscándolos durante casi seis meses. Pensando que nunca lograría conseguirlos, había Ilegado a pensar en la posibilidad de cortarse las venas, a pesar de saber que terminana Ilenando el cuarto de sangre, dejando a las monjas confusas y preocupadas. Un suicidio exige que las personas piensen primero en sí mismas, y después en los demás. Estaba dispuesta a hacer todo lo posible para que su muerte no causara mucho trastorno, pero si cortarse las venas era la única posibilidad, entonces, lo siento, las hermanas que limpiaran el cuarto y se olvidaran pronto del asunto, o si no tendrían dificultades para alquilarlo de nuevo; al fin y al cabo, incluso a fines del siglo xx, las personas adn creían en fantasmas.

Es verdad que ella también podía tirarse desde uno de los pocos edificios altos de Ljubljana pero ¿ y el sufrimiento enorme que tal actitud terminaría causando a sus padres? Además del impacto de descubrir que la hija había muerto, estarían obligados a identificar un cuerpo desfigurado: no, ésta era una solución peor que la de sangrar hasta morir, pues dejaría marcas indelebles en personas que sólo querían su bien.

Terminarán admitiendo la muerte de la hija. Pero un cráneo reventado debe de ser imposible de olvidar.

Dispararse un tiro, lanzarse al vacío, ahorcarse, nada de eso estaba en consonancia con su naturaleza femenina. Las muieres, cuando se suicidan, eligen medios mucho menos truculentos, como cortarse las venas o ingerir una sobredosis de somnfferos. Las princesas abandonadas y las actrices de Hollywood habían dado diversos ejemplos a este respecto.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2007

    como todos los libros de Paulo Coelho....

    este libro no se queda atras,todos los libros de Coelho son fabulosos y este es increible,una vez le mande un e-mail al señor Coelho dandole las gracias por haberme inspirado a seguir mis sueños,el me contesto y me dijo 'Deja que las señales te guien en direccion a tus sueños',este libro me ha ayudado a comprender que los sueños de cada uno son tan importantes como las otras 'prioridades' de la vida,que se tiene que ser un poco loco/a para aprovechar en maximo de lo hermoso que es vivir.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2013

    Great!

    I love how Paulo Coelho can twist stoties like this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2013

    Ya lo ordene y lo espero con ancias !!!

    Ya lo ordene y lo espero con ancias !!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2006

    una novela que da ganas de vivir

    veronika decide morir toca los corazones de muchas personas y tiene un menseje muy bonito que es vivir al maximo . el libro te mantiene intrigada conque va a pasar despues y uno no lo deja de leer. to dodos los libros the coehlo ansido fabulosos pero para mi veronica decide morir es de los mejores.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2004

    el loco(a) que llevamos dentro

    esta es una historia para reflexionar por que desgraciadamente todos en cierto momento de nuestras vidas dejamos de hacer lo que nos gusta solamente por el que diran o por no contradecir a nuestros padres sin pensar por un minuto que la vida es corta y que devemos vivirla a el maximo y realizar todos nuestros suenos.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2004

    Vive como quieres vivir

    Mas que una historia, este libro es una invitación a sentirse vivo, a vivir tus miedos, tus sentimientos, el amor, a no seguir la norma y vivir exactamente como tu quieres.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2002

    inspirador

    Has agradecido alguna vez hasta el mas simple hecho de levantarte cada mañana y saber que estas vivo? Este libro es eso:un canto a la vida.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2000

    Debes leerlo

    Debes leerte este libro ya que trata sobre lecciones de la vida las cuales el autor, Paulo Cohelo, las saca a relucir de una manera muy indirecta. Es muy util para aquellas personas que aprecian mucho la lectura. Es excellente, leanlo.

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