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Paulo Coelho

Biography

Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho’s life remains the primary source of inspiration for his books. He has flirted with death, escaped madness, dallied with drugs, withstood torture, experimented with magic and alchemy, studied philosophy and religion, read voraciously, lost and recovered his faith, and experienced the pain and pleasure of love. In searching for his own place in the world, he has discovered answers for the challenges that everyone faces. He believes that within ourselves we have the necessary strength to find our own destiny. 

Paulo Coelho’s books have been translated into 80 languages and have sold more than 225 million copies in more than 170 countries. His 1988 novel, THE ALCHEMIST, has sold more than 65 million copies and has been cited as an inspiration by people as diverse as Malala Yousafzai and Pharrell Williams. 

He is a member of the Brazilian Academy of Letters and has received the Chevalier de l’Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur. In 2007, he was named a United Nations Messenger of Peace.

Paulo Coelho

Books by Paulo Coelho

by Paulo Coelho - Fiction, Historical Fiction

Paulo is a young, skinny Brazilian man who wants to become a writer and sets off on a journey in search of a deeper meaning for his life: first on the famous “Death Train” to Bolivia, then on to Peru, later hitchhiking through Chile and Argentina. Paulo’s travels take him farther to the famous Dam Square in Amsterdam, where he meets Karla, a Dutch woman who has been waiting to find the ideal companion to accompany her on the fabled hippie trail to Nepal. As they travel together, Paulo and Karla explore their own relationship: a life-defining love story that awakens them on every level and leads to choices and decisions that will set the course for their lives thereafter.

by Paulo Coelho - Fiction, Historical Fiction

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, accused of espionage.

by Paulo Coelho - Fiction

A woman in her 30s begins to question the routine and predictability of her days. In everybody's eyes, she has a perfect life: happy marriage, children and a career. Yet what she feels is an enormous apathy. All that changes when she encounters a successful politician who, years earlier, had been her high school boyfriend. As she rediscovers the passion missing from her life, she will face a life-altering choice.

Written by Paulo Coelho and Derek Ruiz; Illustrated by Daniel Sampere - Graphic Novel

Andalusian shepherd boy Santiago travels from Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of buried treasure. Along the way, he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself king and an alchemist, all of whom point Santiago towards his goal. But what starts out as a journey to find worldly goods turns into a discovery of the treasure found within.