Genre: Literary Fiction
Length: 224 pages
Audiobook Length: 12 hours
First Published in English: 2024
From one of the greatest writers of our age comes a collection of stories and parables unlocking the mysteries of the human condition. Gathered from Paulo Coelho’s daily column of the same name, Maktub, meaning “it is written,” invites seekers on a journey of faith, self-reflection, and transformation. As Paulo Coelho explains, “Maktub is not a book of advice—but an exchange of experiences.”
Each story offers an illuminated path to see life and the lives of our fellow people around the world in new ways, allowing us to tap into universal truths about our collective and individual humanity. As Coelho writes, “a man who seeks only the light, while shirking his responsibilities, will never find illumination. And one who keep his eyes fixed upon the sun . . . ends up blind.” These wise tales offer the perspective of talking snakes, old women climbing mountains, disciples querying their masters, Buddha in dialogue, mysterious hermits, and many saints addressing the mysteries of the universe.
Following the path of his previous internationally bestselling works, this thoughtful collection of short, inspirational pieces, introduced in a foreword by the author and illustrated with black-and-white line art throughout, will engage seekers of all ages and backgrounds.
**collection of essays was published originally in 1994, until rights were purchased by Harper Collins
Quotes from Maktub
A man who seeks only the light, while shirking his responsibilities, will never find illumination. And one who keep his eyes fixed upon the sun ends up blind…
Certain things in life simply have to be experienced -and never explained. Love is such a thing.
So long as you do no harm to another, change your opinion once in a while. Contradict yourself without being embarrassed. This is your right. It doesn’t matter what others think -because that’s what they will think, in any case.
About Paulo Coelho
Coelho was born in 1947 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. His book The Alchemist is one of the bestselling Brazilian books of all times. He writes often about his pilgrimages, and life experiences. He and his wife now live in Geneva, Switzerland. Visit the author’s website →