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Eleven Minutes
Author: Paulo Coelho

Publisher: Harper Collins Publishers
ISBN: 978-81-7223-563-5
Pages: 275
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A chance meeting in Rio takes Maria to Geneva, where she dreams of finding fame and fortune, yet ends up working the streets as a prostitute. In Geneva, Maria drifts further and further away from love while at the same time developing a fascination with sex.

Eventually, Maria's despairing view of love is put to the test when she meets a handsome young painter. In this odyssey of self-discovery, Maria has to choose between pursuing a path of darkness, `sexual pleasure for its own sake', or risking everything to find her own `inner light' and the possibility of sacred sex, sex in the context of love.

A daring modern fable about the nature of love and sex.