190 million copies sold, translated in 81 languages and present in 137 countries 

I was born in Rio de Janeiro and knew I wanted to become a writer since I was a teenager. After traveling through South America, North Africa, Mexico and Europe in the 1960s, I settled in Brazil and wrote lyrics for Brazilian musicians. I wrote my first book, Hell Archives, in 1982. Four years later, I made the pilgrimage to Saint James of Compostella, a 500-mile road in northwestern Spain. My experiences there would become the basis of The Pilgrimage. I wrote The Alchemist, a story about a shepherd on a spiritual journey to the Egyptian pyramids looking for a treasure, the following year.

Since then I published a dozen books. You can see all titles in my Wikipedia page > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paulo_Coelho

I keep a blog (http://paulocoelhoblog.com/) that I update regularly.

Find me on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/paulocoelho
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5 Published Works

Featured work.


Social data: 94.2K reads. 1.4K votes. 165 comments.

Description: A woman in her thirties begins to question the routine and predictability of her days. In everybody's eyes, she has a perfect life: happy marriage, children, and a career. Yet what she feels is an enormous apathy. All that changes when she encounter...

#15 in General Fiction

Other Works by PauloCoelho.
The seven cardinal sins

The seven cardinal sins

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Beginning in the early 14th century, the popularity of the seven deadly sins as a theme among European a...

#12 in Non-Fiction
Short Stories

Short Stories

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A collection of short stories from Paulo Coelho.

#62 in Spiritual


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Contos de Paulo Coelho.

#8 in Spiritual
On Writing

On Writing

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PART I - General considerations PART II - An interview about my writing process PART III - Tips on writi...

#2 in Non-Fiction
wandereroff posted a message to PauloCoelho
Thank you so much for adding the book to your list! I feel so honoured! you are the reservoir of the inspiration from which everyone of us need to share a drop, and thank you for doing so.  I have no words to describe how grateful I am for trying to teach the one thing from your every books, "believe and have faith in yourself" and more... 
sugeycarolina posted a message to PauloCoelho
Qué escribirle que no lo hayan hecho ya? Cómo expresar tanta admiración, respeto y gratitud por sus letras? Dios lo bendiga y le permita seguir escribiendo y a mi leerlo. Gracias!