Manuscript Found in Accra
Manuscript Found in Accra
Knopf Publishing Group, Hardcover, 9780385349833, 190pp.
Publication Date: April 2, 2013
The latest novel from the #1 internationally best-selling author of "The Alchemist."
"There is nothing wrong with anxiety."
"Although we cannot control God's time, it is part of the human condition to want to receive the thing we are waiting for as quickly as possible."
"Or to drive away whatever is causing our fear. . . ."
"Anxiety was born in the very same moment as mankind. And since we will never be able to master it, we will have to learn to live with it just as we have learned to live with storms."
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July 14, 1099. Jerusalem awaits the invasion of the crusaders who have surrounded the city's gates. There, inside the ancient city's walls, men and women of every age and every faith have gathered to hear the wise words of a mysterious man known only as the Copt. He has summoned the townspeople to address their fears with truth:
Tomorrow, harmony will become discord. Joy will be replaced by grief. Peace will give way to war. . . . None of us can know what tomorrow will hold, because each day has its good and its bad moments. So, when you ask your questions, forget about the troops outside and the fear inside. Our task is not to leave a record of what happened on this date for those who will inherit the Earth; history will take care of that. Therefore, we will speak about our daily lives, about the difficulties we have had to face.
The people begin with questions about defeat, struggle, and the nature of their enemies; they contemplate the will to change and the virtues of loyalty and solitude; and they ultimately turn to questions of beauty, love, wisdom, sex, elegance, and what the future holds. What is success? poses the Copt. It is being able to go to bed each night with your soul at peace.
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Now, these many centuries later, the wise man's answers are a record of the human values that have endured throughout time. And, in Paulo Coelho's hands, "The Manuscript Found in Accra" reveals that who we are, what we fear, and what we hope for the future come from the knowledge and belief that can be found within us, and not from the adversity that surrounds us.
Paulo Coelho has been a member of the Brazilian Academy of Letters since 2002, and in 2007, he was appointed United Nations Messenger of Peace. He is also the most followed author on social media.
MARGARET JULL COSTA has established herself as the premier translator of Portuguese literature into English today.
“Coelho’s writing is beautifully poetic but his message is what counts.” —Daily Express
“His writing is like a path of energy that inadvertently leads readers to themselves, toward their mysterious and faraway souls.” —Le Figaro
“His books have had a life enhancing impact on millions of people “ —The Times (London)
“An exceptional writer.” —USA Today
“An intriguing and playful premise.” —The Boston Globe
“Full of worthy musings and quotable quotes on a variety of subjects—from solitude and love to beauty and miracles. . . . Like all Coelho’s other works, the earnestness, simplicity and clarity of [Manuscript Found in Accra’s] prose start touching your soul and transforming your thoughts.” —The International Herald Tribune
“Coelho . . . shows himself again to be a cerebral and subtle writer.” —The New York Journal of Books
“Spiritualists and wanderlusts will eagerly devour . . . [Coelho’s] search for all things meaningful.” —The Washington Post
“Coelho masterfully presents his points wrapped in the … familiar guise of an ancient story.” —Portland Book Review
“A timeless and powerful exploration of personal growth, everyday wisdom and joy.” —Bookscan (London)