Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho

By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept

Rarely does adolescent love reach its full potential, but what happens when two young lovers reunite after eleven years? Time has transformed Pilar into a strong and independent woman, while her devoted childhood friend has grown into a handsome and charismatic spiritual leader. She has learned well how to bury her feelings… and he has turned to religion as a refuge from his raging inner conflicts.


Now they are together once again, embarking on a journey fraught with difficulties, as long-buried demons of blame and resentment resurface after more than a decade. But in a small village in the French Pyrenees, by the waters of the River Piedra, a most special relationship will be reexamined in the dazzling light of some of life’s biggest questions.


In By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept comes a poignant, richly poetic story that reflects the depth of love and life.


Original Language: Portuguese
Original Title: Na Margem do Rio Piedra Eu Sentei e Chorei
First publication year: 1994
Translated into 44 languages: Albanian, Arabic, Armenian, Azerbaijani, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese (complex), Chinese (simplified), Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Farsi, Finnish, French, Georgian, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Malayalam, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovene, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, Ukrainian and Vietnamese.
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