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.
His books have been translated into 82 languages and have sold more than 230 million copies in more than 170 countries. His 1988 novel, The Alchemist, has sold more than 85 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 Legion d'Honneur. In 2007, he was named a United Nations Messenger of Peace.
"A novelist who writes in a universal language." -The New York Times
"Beautifully written. . . . An inspiring read."
"The journey of a lifetime. . . . Coelho helps us understand a generation." -Free Press Journal
"Coelho's true love is spirituality." -The Financial Express
"A celebration of the spiritual longing that inspired a generation to abandon norms and pursue an unconventional path to the truth, this metafiction by the revered Coelho lyrically fuses the lines between authenticity and illusion, art and fact." -Booklist "Woven with self-discovery and punctuated by. . . unique wisdom. . . The focal point of Hippie is human connection - what happens when we 'allow two souls the time to get to know each other.'" - Bookreporter "Divine surprise. . . Paulo Coelho's most autobiographical story, is an interesting documentary about the hippie generation of the 70's." - L'Express
"Paulo Coelho is undoubtedly an alchemist. He turns everything into gold. -La Vanguardia