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Eleven Minutes is a novel by Brazilian novelist Paulo Coelho published in 2003. It is the story of Maria, a young girl from a Brazilian village, whose first innocent brushes with love leave her heartbroken. At a tender age, she becomes convinced that she will never find true love, instead believing that â€œlove is a terrible thing that will make you suffer. . . .â€ A chance meeting in Rio takes her to Geneva, where she dreams of finding fame and fortune.