Paulo Coelho

Year of birth : 1947
Parents : Pedro Queima de Coelho de Souza, Lygia Coelho
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“ There is only one thing that makes a dream

impossible to achieve: the fear of failure. ”

“ Remember that wherever your heart is,

there you will find your treasure. ”

“ Everything that happens once can never happen again.

But everything that happens twice will surely happen a third time. ” 

Books by the Master

" The Alchemist " ... " Veronika Decides to Die " ... " Eleven Minutes " ... " By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept " ... " Brida " ..." The Devil and Miss Prym " ... " The Witch Of Portobello " ... " The Zahir " ... " The Fifth Mountain " ... " Aleph " ... " Like the Flowing River " ... " The Winner Stands Alone " ... " Warrior of the Light " ... " Manuscript Found in Accra " ... " The Pilgrimage " ... " The Zahir: A Novel of Obsession " ..." The Way of the Bow " ... " Journeys " ... " Alchemy: diary- And on the Seventh Day , The Diary of a Magus " ... " The Valkyries " ...  " Life: Selected Quotations " ... " Inspirations " ... " Joy " ... " Stories for Parents, Children and Grandchildren " ... " The Supreme Gift " ... " Adultery " ... " The Book of Manuals " ... " Maktub "


Paulo Coelho was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and attended a Jesuit school. As a teenager, Coelho wanted to become a writer. Coelho enrolled in law school. He travelled through South America, North Africa, Mexico, and Europe. Coelho also worked as an actor, journalist, and theatre director before pursuing his writing career. In 1986,Coelho walked the 500-plus mile Road of Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain, a turning point in his life. On the path, Coelho had a spiritual awakening, which he described autobiographically in The Pilgrimage.

In 1982 Coelho published his first book, Hell Archives. In 1986 he contributed to the Practical Manual of Vampirism. The following year, Coelho wrote The Alchemist and published it through a small Brazilian publishing house who made an initial print run of 900 copies and decided not to reprint. He subsequently found a bigger publishing house, and with the publication of his next book Brida, The Alchemist became a Brazilian bestseller. The Alchemist has gone on to sell more than 65 million copies, becoming one of the best-selling books in history, and has been translated into 71 different languages, the 71st being Maltese, winning the Guinness World Record for most translated book by a living author.

"The Alchemist," easily known as his most successful story, is a story about a young shepherd who follows his spiritual journey to the Egyptian pyramids in search of a treasure.

Since the publication of The Alchemist, Coelho has generally written one novel every two years including By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept, The Fifth Mountain, Veronika Decides to Die, The Devil and Miss Prym, Eleven Minutes, Like the Flowing River, The Valkyries and The Witch of Portobello. In total, Coelho has published 30 books. Three of them – The Pilgrimage, The Valkyries and Aleph – are autobiographical, while the majority of the rest are fictional, although rooted in his life experiences. Others, like Maktub and The Manual of the Warrior of Light, are collections of essays, newspaper columns, or selected teachings. In total, Coelho has sold more than 150 million books in over 150 countries worldwide, and his works have been translated into 71 languages. He is the all-time bestselling Portuguese language author. On May 9, 2006, in Sofia, Bulgaria, Paulo Coelho was awarded by the President of Bulgaria Georgi Parvanov the "The Honorable Award of the President of the Republic". In 1996,Coelho founded the Paulo Coelho Institute, which provides aid to children and elderly people with financial problems.