Inspired by events in Coelho’s own life, Veronika decide to Die questions the meaning of madness and celebrates individuals who do not fit into patterns society considers to be normal. Bold and illuminating, it is a dazzling portrait of a young woman at the crossroads of despair and liberation, and a poetic, exuberant appreciation of each day as a renewed opportunity.
Twenty-four years-old Veronika seems to have everything –youth and beauty, boyfriends and a loving family, a fulfilling job. But something is missing in her life. So, one cold November morning, she takes a handful of sleeping pills expecting never to wake up. But she does – at a mental hospital where she is told that she has only days to live.

 

School special edition: Veronika decides to die

Inspired by events in Coelho’s own life, Veronika decide to Die questions the meaning of madness and celebrates individuals who do not fit into patterns society considers to be normal. Bold and illuminating, it is a dazzling portrait of a young woman at the crossroads of despair and liberation, and a poetic, exuberant appreciation of each day as a renewed opportunity.
Twenty-four years-old Veronika seems to have everything –youth and beauty, boyfriends and a loving family, a fulfilling job. But something is missing in her life. So, one cold November morning, she takes a handful of sleeping pills expecting never to wake up. But she does – at a mental hospital where she is told that she has only days to live.

 

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Rights sold in 3 languages: Catalan, Portuguese and Spanish.

Extracts

“I don’t know what to do. I only know that it’s taken me years to understand that life was pushing me in a direction I didn’t want to go in.”

“Some people always want to help others. Just so that they can feel better than they really are.”

“People never learn anything by being told, they have to find out for themselves.”

“There is always as a gap between intention and action.”

“Married couples think about sex only once a fortnight and transform that thought into action only once a month.”

“You have two choices, to control your mind or to let your mind control you.”

“An awareness of death encourages us to live more intensely.”

“You are someone who is different, but who wants to be the same as everyone else. And that in my view is a serious illness.”