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Publisher's Summary

The beloved, best-selling international author of The Alchemist returns with another haunting novel, a thrilling journey into our constant fascination with the worlds of fame, fortune, and celebrity. A profound meditation on personal power and innocent dreams that are manipulated or undone by success, The Winner Stands Alone is set in the exciting worlds of fashion and cinema. Taking place over the course of twenty-four hours during the Cannes Film Festival, it is the story of Igor, a successful, driven Russian entrepreneur who will go to the darkest lengths to reclaim a lost love - his ex-wife, Ewa. Believing that his life with Ewa was divinely ordained, Igor once told her that he would destroy whole worlds to get her back. The conflict between an individual evil force and society emerges, and as the novel unfolds, morality is derailed.
Meet the players and poseurs behind the scenes at Cannes: the "Superclass" of producers, actors, designers, and supermodels, as well as the aspiring starlets, has-been stars, and jaded hangers-on. Adroitly interweaving the characters' stories, Paulo Coelho uses his 12th novel to paint an engrossing picture of a world overrun by glamour and excess, and shows us the possibly dire consequences of our obsession with fame.
©2008 Paulo Coelho (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers
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2 out of 5 stars
By ramona segovia on 07-06-18

Boooooooring

I fell asleep so many times while listening to this book but I had to finish it because It was there, i mean, there are interesting passages in it but I'm sure it could be half of the length, extremely and sometimes unnecessary detailed, the bottom story it's ok

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5 out of 5 stars
By cami a. on 03-25-15

I thoroughly enjoyed the readers different voices

I thoroughly enjoyed the reader opting for different voices for men, women, Russians and Americans. what a cool book! very thought provoking.

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