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Eleven Minutes, by Paulo Coelho Also by Paulo Coelho The Alchemist The Pilgrimage The Valkyries By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept The Fifth Mountain Veronika Decides to Die The Devil and Miss Prym Manual of the Warrior of Light

ELEVEN MINUTES TRANSLATED FROM THE PORTUGUESE BY MARGARET JULL COSTA 4u HarperCollins Publishers

HarperCollinsPublishers 77-85 Fulham Palace Road, Hammersmith, London w6 8jb The HarperCollins website address is: www.harpercollins.co.uk Paulo Coelho's website address is: www.paulocoelho.com First published in English by HarperCollinsPublishers 2003 13579 10 8642 © Paulo Coelho 2003 Paulo Coelho asserts the moral right to be identified as the author of this work A catalogue record of this book is available from the British Library ISBN o 00 716604 4 Printed and bound in Great Britain by Clays Ltd, St Ives pic All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without the prior written permission of the publishers.

O, Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who turn to you. Amen.

Dedication On 29th May 2002, just hours before I put the finishing touches to this book, I visited the Grotto in Lourdes, in France, to fill a few bottles with miraculous water from the spring. Inside the Basilica, a gentleman in his seventies said to me: 'You know, you look just like Paulo Coelho.' I said that I was Paulo Coelho. The man embraced me and introduced me to his wife and grand-daughter. He spoke of the importance of my books in his life, concluding: 'They make me dream.' I have often heard these words before, and they always please me greatly. At that moment, however, I felt really frightened, because I knew that my new novel, Eleven Minutes, dealt with a subject that was harsh,…...

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