The year 2022 marks the 35th anniversary since the publication of The Pilgrimage, his first bestseller. The book was written after his pilgrimage on the road to Santiago de Compostela, in Spain, in 1986. The experience on the journey was transcendental in the author’s life. In the following years, the remarkable international success of The Pilgrimage contributed to a substantial increase in the number of pilgrims, to such extent that in 1999 he was awarded the Gold Medal of Galicia by the Spanish Council of State. Furthermore, in 2008, Santiago de Compostela paid tribute to the Brazilian writer by naming one of its streets after him.