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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    Geneva, Switzerland
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Reading Lists

6 Published Works

Featured work.


Social data: 128K reads. 1.9K votes. 212 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...

#388 in General Fiction

Other Works by PauloCoelho.
Para leer en el autobús (Español)

Para leer en el autobús (Español)

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El religioso Alan Jones dice que, para construir nuestra alma, nos son necesarias las Cuatro Fuerzas Inv...

#30 in General Fiction
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...

#182 in Non-Fiction
Short Stories

Short Stories

2.7M 29.6K 3K

A collection of short stories from Paulo Coelho.

#78 in Spiritual


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Contos de Paulo Coelho.

#15 in Spiritual
las personas ven la vida de diferentes maneras 
      en cada una de ellas hay un mundo , pero usted tiene un gran intelectual , la manera de dar a conocer sus opiniones , sus ideas , sus pensamientos es estradinario . en verdad usted es un gran escritor . es para mi una ispiracion a ser una escritora . 
esmemeza01 posted a message to PauloCoelho
Admiro tus libros *--* son los mejores en verdad , admiro como te inspira de grande quiero ser una escritora como usted con todo respeto , es el mejor escritor que eh conocido a mis 12 años que tenga un lindo dia
2vecesyo posted a message to PauloCoelho
Uno de mis escritores favoritos. Mi primer libro completo (Once minutos). Mi libro favorito (Veronika decid morir) 
      Definitivamente amo tu gran talento, cada lección que ha quedado grabada en mi. Gracias.
me encanta la manera en que escribes .
      eres un gran escritor sin duda el mejor para mi .
      amo tu libro "veronika decide morir " en lo personal me ayudo mucho para valorar mi vida .