Updated: Read a sample chapter of Manuscript Found In Accra.
It's been two years since we last heard from Paolo Coelho. He last published a book in 2010 known to most English readers as Aleph. He used to publish one book every year and as time went by he could now only manage a book every other year. That's a good thing actually for us to be able to enjoy a good read. His latest works were not of fiction, suffice it if I say the next one to be publish this year will follow the same rule.
Lucky for the Latin speaking countries they will have to enjoy reading Paolo Coelho's latest book called Manuscript Found In Accra in 2012 at the earliest. For us unfortunate English readers we'll have to wait for another year to do it. To be a little specific, it will be in spring of 2013 as revealed by the latest trailer of the book.
To make all English readers jealous, here is the cover art of Manuscript Found In Accra (or Manuscrito Encontrado em Accra in Portuguese) to be released this 2012:
Manuscript Found In Accra will once again touch one of the most sensitive topics Paolo Coelho has delved into with Eleven Minutes. Can you take a guess? It is sex, of course, but not the kind solely intended for pleasure. A few conservative readers were already shocked by the slight reference on Eleven Minutes, let's wait what they'll have to say when this manuscript comes out. For the meantime watch the following video to discover what the book has in store for us:
A novel of philosophical reflection set in Jerusalem during the time of the Crusades. Here a community of Christians, Arabs, and Jews who have long lived together harmoniously have been warned of an imminent attack and certain destruction. Contemplating their demise, the community assembles to seek the wise counsel of a Greek Copt, who imparts comforting and guiding wisdom on the enduring attributes of human character. The novel unfolds as a sequence of parables on love, faith, sex, friendship, beauty, bravery, loyalty, and success.
This 22nd book of the author will mix a little of fiction and reality. It tells the story of a Greek sage named Copta, whose story is chronicled in the manuscript discovered centuries later. The writer also added that the story "is based on values, and values are never fiction. They pass through time." It is much a retelling of the meeting between the said sage and the people of Jerusalem, just before the Crusaders arrived in the late 11th century.