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, Manuscript Found in Accra, and Adultery, among others, have sold over 175 million copies worldwide, and The Alchemist has been on the New York Times bestseller list for over 360 weeks. Paulo Coelho has been a member of the Brazilian Academy of Letters since 2002, and in 2007, he was appointed United Nations Messenger of Peace. He is also the most followed author on social media.
"A sweetly exotic tale for young and old alike."--Publishers Weekly "As memorable and meaningful as Saint-Exupery's The Little Prince."--Austin American-Statesman "A beautiful story with a pointed message for every reader."--Joseph Girzone, author of Joshua "A most tender and gentle story. It is a rare gem of a book."--Gerald G. Jampolsky, M.D., co-author of Change Our Mind, Change Your Life "[His] books have had a life-enchanting effect on millions of people."--London Times "An adventure story full of magic and wisdom."--Rudolfo Anaya, author of Bless Me, Ultima "A magical little volume."--San Francisco Chronicle "A wise and inspiring fable about the pilgrimage that life should be."--M. Scott Peck "A touching, inspiring fable."--Indianapolis Star "[This] Brazilian wizard makes books disappear from stores."--New York Times "An entrepreneurial tale of universal wisdom we can apply to the business of our own lives."--Spencer Johnson, M.D., co-author of The One-Minute Manager "A remarkable tale about the most magical of all journeys: the quest to fulfill one's destiny."--Anthony Robbins, author of Awaken the Giant Within "it changed my whole life. I realized of all of the people who had conspired to get me to this place."--PHARRELL WILLIAMS, MUSICIAN AND SONG-WRITER "It's a brilliant, magical, life-changing book that continues to blow my mind with its lessons. [...] A remarkable tome."--NEIL PATRICK HARRIS, ACTOR