Coelho (Rio de Janeiro, 1947) prior to his career as a best-selling
author, was a playwright, theatre director, hippie, and popular
songwriter for some of Brazils most famous pop music stars,
including Elis Regina and Raul Seixas. Shortly after, he worked
as a journalist and as a television playwright.
In 1986 Paulo Coelho walked along
the Road of Santiago, an ancient Spanish pilgrimage. He would later
describe this experience in The Pilgrimage, published in 1987. The
following year, with his second book The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho
has become one of the most widely read contemporary authors, an
authentic publishing phenomenon number 1 best seller in 29 countries.
According to the international magazine "Publishing Trends",
The Alchemist has been one of the top ten international bestsellers
Other titles include Brida (1990),
The Valkyries (1992), Maktub (1994), a compilation of his daily
column and By The River Piedra I Sat Down & Wept (1994), The
Fifth Mountain (1996), was published worldwide with a great success,
and The Manual of the Warrior of Light (1997). His most recent book Veronika decides to die (1998) is a novel about madness, which is making bestseller lists worldwide presently.
His work has been published in more than 150 countries and is translated into 51 languages. He has sold more than thirty-one million books and he is the second bestseller
author worldwide in 1998, according to the French magazine "Lire"
(March 1999). Winning prestigious awards from a variety of countries.
The critics have specially praised his poetic, realistic and philosophical
style, and "the symbolic language that does not speak to our
brains, but to our hearts". His storytelling has the power
to inspire nations.
Paulo Coelho is Special Advisor to
the UNESCO programme "Spiritual Convergences and Intercultural
Major prizes and decorations
Lectrices dElle" (France 95)
of Arts and Letters" (France 96)
International Award" (Italy 96)
Grinzane Cavour Book Award" (Italy 96)
Book" (Yugoslavia 95, 96, 97, 98)
for the "International IMPAC Literary Award" (Ireland,
de Ordem do Rio Branco" (Brazil 98)
Award" by the World Economic Forum (99)
Medal of Galicia" (Spain, 99)
de L'Ordre national de la Legion d'honneur" (France 2000)
Mirror Award" (Poland 2000)
movie rights of The Alchemist have been acquired by Warner Brothers.
Alchemist has been praised by authors such as Nobel Prize winner
Kenzaburo Oé and has been named by Madonna as her favourite
Graduate School of Business of the University of Chicago has recommended
The Alchemist, as it is considered useful in terms of gaining your
own personal insights. It has also been adopted as a recommended
reading in schools in France, Italy, Portugal, Brazil, Taiwan, USA
and Spain, among others.
illustrated edition of The Alchemist by the French cartoonist Moebius
was published in several countries, including the US.
Classics releases the CD of "The Alchemists Symphony"
by the French composer Walter Taieb, inspired by the novel. Other
projects based on the book are a musical performed in Japan, a musical
piece composed by the Italian Irlando Danieli that was performed
in Italy, as well as the theatre performances in Brazil, Turkey,
Yugoslavia, Norway, Poland, Croatia and Slovakia.
titles of Paulo Coelho have simultaneously been on the best-seller
lists in France, Poland, Switzerland, Argentina, Greece, Croatia,
Yugoslavia and Brazil.
Holiness, Pope John Paul II received Paulo Coelho in The Vatican
the 25th July 1999, the day of Santiago Apostle in the last year
of pilgrimage of the Millennium, Paulo Coelho has received the Golden
Medal of Galicia.
Economic Forum" has distinguish Paulo Coelho with the most
prestigious award "Crystal Award 1999". He was invited
for a third consecutive year, to give a conference in the "Annual
Meeting 2000" in Davos (Switzerland) that was held at the beginning
Coelho has a Sunday column in "O Globo" one of the newspapers
with the largest print run in Brazil. This column compiles Paulo
Coelhos philosophy, and is based on stories from all parts
and cultures around the world. It is being licensed in Mexico, Argentina,
Chile, Bolivia and Poland.
March 2000 The French Government presented Paulo Coelho with one
of the most prestigious awards the "Chevalier de L'Ordre
national de la Legion d'honneur".