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The Witch Of Portobello is a narrative tale about a woman born out of wedlock in Transylvania. The book is a journey into her life and her search for her identity. It is a work of fiction authored by Paulo Coelho, the renowned Brazilian writer.
Summary Of The Book
The protagonist is a woman named Sherine Khalil, who was born out of wedlock to a Romani gypsy in Transylvania. Her birth mother abandons her and she is adopted by a Lebanese couple. Sherine Khalil prefers to be called Athena.
Athena is already dead when the story begins. There are several narratives from different people who had known her or shared a relationship with her during her lifetime. Together, these narratives told from different viewpoints, tell the story of Athena's life, about her birth, the subsequent abandonment and adoption, her education, her unsuccessful marriage, her motherhood and finally her spiritual journey. The plot picks up in the latter half of the book when Athena acknowledges the inherent power in her and imparts her 'secrets' to her student in the hope of him spreading the knowledge to the world.
The Witch Of Portobello is a powerful tale and raises questions about being true to oneself. Through Athena, the book questions the prevalent norms of religion and spirituality. Like most of Coelho's works, The Witch Of Portobello bears the unmistakable mark of his personal take on spiritualism and religion.
The Witch of Portobello was first published in 2006. The original title of the book in Portuguese is A Bruxa de Portobello. It has been translated in over 40 languages and was well received by readers across countries.
About Paulo Coelho
Paulo Coelho is a renowned Brazilian novelist.
Other books written by him are The Devil and Miss Prym, Brida, The Zahir, Eleven Minutes, The Pilgrimage, Aleph and The Alchemist.
He was born on August 24, 1947, in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. He was awarded with The Honorable Award of the President of the Republic by the Bulgarian President, Georgi Parvanov, in 2006. Coelho's works have been translated into several languages and have earned him a place on the Guinness World Record for having the maximum number of works translated for a living author. Coelho has written over 30 books. The Alchemist is the most successful piece of work by Coelho and has sold over 65 million copies worldwide. Paulo Coelho is married to Christina Oiticica. The couple alternates between living in Rio De Janeiro and France. Coelho is also the founder of the Paulo Coelho Institute, which aims to support children and the elderly.