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In this novel, Paulo Coelho, New York Times bestselling author of The Alchemist and Adultery, brings to life one of history’s most enigmatic women: Mata Hari.

Her only crime was to be an independent woman.

When Mata Hari arrived in Paris she was penniless. Within months she was the most celebrated woman in the city.

As a dancer, she shocked and delighted audiences; as a courtesan, she bewitched the era’s richest and most powerful men.

But as paranoia consumed a country at war, Mata Hari’s lifestyle brought her under suspicion. In 1917, she was arrested in her hotel room on the Champs Elysees and accused of espionage.

Told in Mata Hari’s voice through her final letter, The Spy is the unforgettable story of a woman who dared to defy convention and who paid the ultimate price.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Coelho uses Mata Hari’s story to illustrate how an individual’s fate can be caught up in the effort by the powers-that-be to distract the public from the horrific realities of their circumstances.”


  • “[In] Coehlo’s striking novel…he displays an ability to inhabit her voice. Through the letters, he illustrates the difficulties of being an independent woman in that time and place. By the end, readers will believe they’ve read Zelle’s actual letters.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Coelho’s novel about Mata Hari…hews closely to the facts. A prologue reveals what we already know from history…What follows is a grim comedy of errors…The absurdity of the charges against Mata Hari comes through clearly.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Hillary Huber uses an indeterminate European accent to voice Mata Hari’s thoughts, which is fitting for the young Dutch woman who was dead set on making Paris her home. Huber’s performance highlights Mata Hari’s many layers, including her naïve trust in men and her passion to live life on her own terms. Paul Boehmer’s believable French accent, colored with sorrow and frustration, is appropriate for the accused woman’s lawyer, Edouard Clunet.”


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