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Publication Date: 2006
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"My heart is afraid that it will have to suffer," the boy told the alchemist one night as they looked up at the moonless sky." Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams."
Every few decades a book is published that changes the lives of its readers forever. The Alchemist is such a book. With over a million and a half copies sold around the world, The Alchemist has already established itself as a modern classic, universally admired. Paulo Coelho's charming fable, now available in English for the first time, will enchant and inspire an even wider audience of readers for generations to come.
The Alchemist is the magical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure as extravagant as any ever found. From his home in Spain he journeys to the markets of Tangiers and across the Egyptian desert to a fateful encounter with the alchemist.
The story of the treasures Santiago finds along the way teaches us, as only a few stories have done, about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, learning to read the omens strewn along life's path, and, above all, following our dreams.
Paulo Coelho, born in Rio de Janeiro in 1947, is one of the bestselling and most influential authors in the world. The Alchemist, The Pilgrimage, The Valkyries, Brida, Veronika Decides to Die, Eleven Minutes, The Zahir, The Witch of Portobello, The Winner Stands Alone, Aleph, and Manuscript Found in Accra, among others, have sold 150 million copies worldwide.
Paulo Coelho nació en Brasil en 1947 y es uno de los autores con más influencia de hoy día. Conocido mundialmente por el bestseller internacional El Alquimista, Coelho ha vendido más de 100 millones de libros en todo el mundo, los cuales han sido traducidos a 68 idiomas y publicados en 150 países. Paulo Coelho escribe una columna semanal que se publica en los periódicos más importantes del mundo.
David Crumm and ReadTheSpirit.com
There's no question that he's popular around the world. His books have sold tens of millions of copies in dozens of languages.
That's not to say there aren't critics. Some literary critics call his mythic storytelling too simplistic. Other readers are frustrated by their inability to nail down Coelho's personal religious point of view. After all, he describes himself these days as Catholic, but says that he also believes all religions are one. Some of his themes are as wholesomely uplifting as a Norman Rockwell painting; but he's also famous for dabbling in esoteric spiritual pathways.
Think of "Lord of the Rings" blended with "Life of Pi." If that intrigues you, give "Alchemist" a try!
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“[This] Brazilian wizard makes books disappear from stores.”
“[His] books have had a life-enchanting effect on millions of people.”
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