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Paulo Coelho (1947–2024)

Autor(a) de O Alquimista

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About the Author

Paulo Coelho was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on August 24, 1947. As a teenager, he wanted to become a writer, but his parents wanted him to pursue a more substantial and secure career. At the age of 17, his introversion and opposition to his parents led them to commit him to a mental mostrar mais institution. He escaped three times before being released at the age of 20. Once released, he abandoned his ideas of becoming a writer and enrolled in law school to please his parents. He stayed in law school for one year. 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, he had a spiritual awakening, which he described in his book The Pilgrimage. Before becoming a full-time author, he worked as theatre director and actor, lyricist, and journalist. He wrote song lyrics for many famous performers in Brazilian music including Elis Regina, Rita Lee, and Raul Seixas. His first book, Hell Archives, was published in 1982. He has written over 25 books since then including The Alchemist, Brida, The Fifth Mountain, The Devil and Miss Prym, Eleven Minutes, The Zahir, The Witch of Portobello, Like a Flowing River, and Adultery. He received numerous awards including Las Pergolas Prize, The Budapest Prize, Nielsen Gold Book Award, and the Grand Prix Litteraire Elle. In 1996, he founded the Paulo Coelho Institute, which provides aid to children and elderly people with financial problems. In 2007, Coelho was named a Messenger of Peace to the United Nations. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos


Obras de Paulo Coelho

O Alquimista (1988) 39,067 cópias
Veronika Decide Morrer (1998) 7,101 cópias
Eleven Minutes (2003) 5,322 cópias
The Zahir (2005) 4,168 cópias
The Witch of Portobello (2006) 3,736 cópias
The Devil and Miss Prym (2000) 3,712 cópias
Brida (1990) 2,567 cópias
The Fifth Mountain (1996) 2,520 cópias
Warrior of the Light (1997) 2,303 cópias
The Valkyries (1992) 1,788 cópias
The Winner Stands Alone (2008) 1,438 cópias
Aleph (2010) 1,129 cópias
Adultery (2014) 890 cópias
Manuscript Found in Accra (2013) 821 cópias
The Spy: A novel (2013) 796 cópias
Maktub (1901) 428 cópias
Hippie (2018) 402 cópias
The Archer (2008) 331 cópias
The Alchemist: A Graphic Novel (2010) 315 cópias
Life: Selected Quotations (2007) 272 cópias
The Supreme Gift (1994) 96 cópias
AMOR (Spanish Edition) (2010) 57 cópias
The Essential Paulo Coelho (2018) 49 cópias
And on the Seventh Day (2001) 47 cópias
Unterwegs. Der Wanderer. (2004) 45 cópias
The Paulo Coelho Collection (1997) 12 cópias
Casus (2016) 7 cópias
Enigma: 2008 calendar (2007) 7 cópias
Moments 2012: Diary (2011) 6 cópias
Biografia d'un narrador (2003) 4 cópias
O Mosteiro Pode Acabar (1999) 4 cópias
Paulo Coelho The Collection (2004) 4 cópias
Freedom: Day Planner 2018 (2017) 4 cópias
Pensamentos de Paulo Coelho (2003) 3 cópias
Eleven Minutes 3 cópias
Mãe 3 cópias
ZAHIRI 3 cópias
Rukopis otkriven u Akri (2014) 3 cópias
Preljuba (2014) 2 cópias
Besinci Dag (2020) 2 cópias
Demonio y la Señorita Prym (2001) 2 cópias
Le Don suprême (2023) 2 cópias
O Arqueiro (2023) 2 cópias
Fernando Tavora, 1923-2005 (2011) 2 cópias
Amicizia. Agenda 2017 (2016) 2 cópias
Goncalo Byrne, 1941-... (2011) 2 cópias
Secrets: Day Planner 2020 (2019) 2 cópias
VIDA (SELECCION DE CITAS) (2008) 2 cópias
The Complete Collection (2010) 2 cópias
Duvvumin maktub (2004) 2 cópias
Paulo Coelho (2015) 2 cópias
Seguindo a Consciência 1 exemplar(es)
The angels' share 1 exemplar(es)
El Alquemista 1 exemplar(es)
Inspirationen - Buch-Kalender 2010 (2009) 1 exemplar(es)
Maktub. Destino 1 exemplar(es)
Djalli dhe zonjusha Prym 1 exemplar(es)
Akra'da Bulunan Elyazmasi (2012) 1 exemplar(es)
Keemiyagar 1 exemplar(es)
El vencedor est solo 1 exemplar(es)
Ο Τοξοβόλος 1 exemplar(es)
MALI I PESTE 1 exemplar(es)
BRIDA 1 exemplar(es)
Strelac 1 exemplar(es)
قصة طريقين 1 exemplar(es)
ARIT TE DRITES 1 exemplar(es)
The Classic Collection (2018) 1 exemplar(es)
Nha gia kim 1 exemplar(es)
MATURIA 1 exemplar(es)
Fitimtari eshte i vetem 1 exemplar(es)
Por ele mesmo 1 exemplar(es)
Hipík (2018) 1 exemplar(es)
Força 2023 1 exemplar(es)
The alchemist 1 exemplar(es)
Encounters: Day Planner 2021 (2020) 1 exemplar(es)
Seierherren står alene (2009) 1 exemplar(es)
Aldatmak - Mini Kitap (2016) 1 exemplar(es)
Paths: Day Planner 2019 (2018) 1 exemplar(es)
مکتوب 1 exemplar(es)
Simyaci Ciltli (2007) 1 exemplar(es)
Manual i Luftëtarit të Dritës (2005) 1 exemplar(es)
Te Ruanuku (Kotahi Rau Pukapuka) (2021) 1 exemplar(es)
O VENCEDOR ESTÁ SÓ 1 exemplar(es)
Os Símbolos do Tempo 1 exemplar(es)
Lukostřelec (2023) 1 exemplar(es)
خاطرات یک مغ 1 exemplar(es)
Szerelem (2009) 1 exemplar(es)
a oraco que deus entendia c535 (1900) 1 exemplar(es)
Courage: 2016 Calendar (2015) 1 exemplar(es)
Discurso de posse 1 exemplar(es)
OZHUKUNNA PUZHAPOLE (Malayalam) (2017) 1 exemplar(es)
أنا رجل حر 1 exemplar(es)
Manuscrisul găsit la Accra (2011) 1 exemplar(es)
Amistad (Agenda 2017) 1 exemplar(es)

Associated Works

Siddhartha (1945) — Introdução, algumas edições27,773 cópias
Paulo Coelho: Confessions of a Pilgrim (1999) — Narrador — 177 cópias
Veronika Decides To Die [2009 film] (2009) — Original book — 10 cópias
Beyond Our Differences [2008 film] (2008) — Interviewee — 5 cópias


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Conhecimento Comum

Nome de batismo
de Souza, Paulo Coelho
Data de nascimento
Data de falecimento
País (para mapa)
Local de nascimento
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Locais de residência
Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
Geneva, Switzerland
Colégio Santo Inácio-Rede Jesuíta de Educação
theater director
lyricist (mostrar todas 7)
Oiticica, Christina (wife)
United Nations (Messenger of Peace)
European Union (Ambassador for Intercultural Dialogue)
Shimon Peres Institute for Peace
UNESCO (special counsellor for “Intercultural Dialogues and Spiritual Convergences”)
Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship
Brazilian Academy of Letters
Legion d'Honneur
Knight of Arts and Letters ( [1996])
Flaiano (1996)
Comendador de Ordem do Rio Branco ( [1998])
Crystal Award (World Economic Forum ∙ 1999)
Crystal Mirror Award ( [2000]) (mostrar todas 18)
Premio Internazionale Fregene ( [2001])
Planetary Arts Award (Club of Budapest ∙ 2002)
Order of St. Sophia (contribution to revival of science and culture ∙ [2004])
Order of Honour (Ukraine ∙ 2004)
Budapest Prize ( [2005])
Goldene Feder Award ( [2005])
International Author Award (DirectGroup ∙ [2005])
Wilbur Award (Religion Communicators Council ∙ [2006])
Cruz do Mérito do Empreendedor Juscelino Kubitschek ( [2006])
I Premio Álava en el Corazón ( [2006])
Las Pergolas Prize (Association of Mexican Booksellers ∙ [2006])
Distinction of Honour (City of Odense - Hans Christian Andersen Award ∙ [2007])
Sant Jordi Asociados, Barcelona
Pequena biografia
The Brazilian author PAULO COELHO was born in 1947 in the city of Rio de Janeirom, and died in 2024 at the age of 77. Before dedicating his life completely to literature, he worked as theatre director and actor, lyricist and journalist.

Coelho wrote song lyrics for many famous performers in Brazilian music, such as Elis Regina and Rita Lee. Yet his most well known work has been done with Raul Seixas. Together they wrote such successes as Eu nasci há dez mil anos atrás (I was born ten thousand years ago), Gita and Al Capone, amongst other 60 songs.

His fascination with the spiritual quest dates back to his hippie days, when he travelled the world learning about secret societies, oriental religions, etc.

In 1982 Coelho published his first book, Hell Archives, which failed to make any kind of impact. In 1985 he contributed to the Practical Manual of Vampirism, although he later tried to take it off the shelves, since he considered it “of bad quality”. In 1986, PAULO COELHO did the pilgrimage to Saint James of Compostella, an experience later to be documented in his book The Pilgrimage.

In the following year, COELHO published The Alchemist. Slow initial sales convinced his first publisher to drop the novel, but it went on to become one of the best selling Brazilian books of all time.

Other titles include Brida (1990), The Valkyries (1992), By the river Piedra I sat Down and Wept (1994), the collection of his best columns published in the Brazilian newspaper Folha de São Paulo entitle Maktub (1994), the compilation of texts Phrases (1995), The Fifth Mountain (1996), Manual of a Warrior of Light (1997), Veronika decides to die (1998), The Devil and Miss Prym (2000), the compilation of traditional tales in Stories for parents, children and grandchildren (2001), Eleven Minutes (2003), The Zahir (2005), The Witch of Portobello (2006) and a compilation of texts gathered under the title Like a Flowing River (2006) published in a few countries for the moment.

He also adapted The Gift (Henry Drummond) and Love letters of a prophet (Kalil Gibran).

To date, Coelho has sold a total of 100 million copies and, according to the magazine Publishing Trends; he was the most sold author in the world in 2003 with his book Eleven Minutes – even though at the time it hadn't been released in the United States, Japan or 10 other countries!

Also according to Publishing Trends, The Alchemist was to be found in the 6th place of world sales in 2003. Eleven Minutes topped all lists in the world, except for England, where it was in second place. The Zahir, published in 2005, was in third place of bestsellers according to Publishing Trends, after Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons.

The Alchemist was one of the most important literary phenomena of the 20th century. It reaches the first place in bestselling lists in 18 countries, and so far has sold 30 million copies.

The book has been praised by different personalities ranging from the Nobel Prize Kenzaburo Oe to the singer Madonna, who considers it one of her favourite books. It has equally inspired many projects – such as a musical in Japan, theatre plays in France, Belgium, USA, Turkey, Italy, Switzerland. It is also the theme of two symphonies (Italy and USA) and had its text illustrated by the famous French artist Moebius (author of the sceneries for he Fifth Element and Alien).

His work has been translated in 67 languages and edited in more than 150 countries.




Juli 2013 : "Der Alchimist" von Paulo Coelho em Online-Lesekreis (Agosto 2013)
Paulo Coelho em 1001 Books to read before you die (Setembro 2008)


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