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The Alchemist (Novel)

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Author Paulo Coelho
Original title O Alquimista
Country Brazil
Language Portuguese
Genre Questadventurefantasy
Publisher HarperTorch (English translation)
Publication date
1988
Published in English
1993
Media type Print (hardback, paperback, and iTunes)
Pages 163 pp (first English edition, hardcover), 208 pages (25th Anniversary Edition)

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The Alchemist is a novel by the Brazilian writer Paulo Coelho that was first published in 1988. Originally written in Portuguese, it became an international success translated into some 70 languages as of 2016. An allegorical novel, The Alchemist follows a young man Andalusian shepherd on his trip to the pyramids of Egypt, after having a recurring dream of finding treasures there.
Through the years there have been theatrical filming and adaptations of the work and musical interpretations of it.
Combining magic, mysticism, wisdom, and wonder in an inspiring story of self-discovery, The Alchemist has become a modern classic, selling millions of copies around the world and transforming the lives of countless readers of different generations.
Paulo Coelho's masterpiece tells the mystical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure. Your search will take you to very different riches and much more satisfying than you ever imagined. The trip to Santiago teaches us about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, of recognizing opportunities and learning to read the omens scattered throughout life and, most importantly, of following our dreams.

About the author Paulo Coelho:image
The Brazilian author PAULO COELHO is considered one of the most influential authors of our time. His books have sold more than 165 million copies worldwide, have been launched in 170 countries and have been translated into 80 languages.
Born in Rio de Janeiro in 1947, he soon discovered his vocation for writing. He worked as a director, theater actor, composer and journalist. His collaboration with Brazilian composer and singer Raúl Seixas gave some of the best classic rock songs in Brazil. In 1986, a special meeting led him to make the pilgrimage to Santiago Compostela (in Spain). The Camino de Santiago was not just a common pilgrimage but a turning point in its existence. A year later, he wrote 'The Pilgrimage', an autobiographical novel that is considered the beginning of his career.
In the following year, COELHO published 'The Alchemist'. The slow initial sales convinced his first editor to abandon the novel, but it became one of the best-selling Brazilian books of all time.
Other titles include 'Brida' (1990), 'The Valkyries' (1992), 'By the River Stone I Sat Down and Wept' (1994), the collection of his best columns published in the Brazilian newspaper Folha de S. Paulo entitled 'Maktub' (1994), the compilation of texts' Frases' (1995), 'La Quinta Montaña' (1996), 'Manual of a Warrior of Light' (1997), 'Veronika decides to die' (1998), ' The Devil and Miss Prym '(2000), the compilation of traditional stories in' Stories for Parents, Children and Grandchildren '(2001),' Eleven Minutes '(2003),' The Zahir '(2005),' Like the Flowing River '' (2006), 'The Witch of Portobello' (2006), 'The winner is left alone' (2008), 'Aleph' (2010), 'Manuscript found in Accra' (2012) and 'Adultery' (2014) .
He has received numerous prestigious international awards. He has been a member of the Brazilian Academy of Letters since 2002 and Messenger of Peace of the United Nations since 2007. In 2009 he received the Guinness World Record for the most translated author of the same book (The Alchemist).
The man behind the author likes to write and practice Kyudo, a meditative arcade. He loves reading, walking, soccer and computers. In that sense, he has always maintained close contact with his readers, but now, thanks to the new media, he has established incredible feedback with them. Paulo was the second most influential celebrity on Twitter in 2010 according to Forbes and he is the writer with the largest number of followers on social networks.