Step inside Paulo Coelho’s pilgrimage along the road to Santiago. This fascinating parable explores the need to find one's own path. In the end, we discover that the extraordinary is always found in the ordinary and simple ways of everyday people. Part adventure story, part guide to self-discovery, this compelling novel delivers the perfect combination of enchantment and insight.
"Santiago de Compostela is the Spanish city known as the international capital of pilgrimages. Neither Petrus, my teacher, nor I know that this afternoon I walk toward my fate, which I have dreamed of and denied so many times. I am walking toward the story of my rebirth."
Paulo Coelho’s enchanting novel has inspired a devoted following around the world. This story, dazzling in its powerful simplicity and soul-stirring wisdom, is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of a treasure buried in the Pyramids. Along the way, he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself king, and an alchemist, all of whom point Santiago in the direction of his quest. No one knows what the treasure is, or if Santiago will be able to surmount the obstacles along the way. But what starts as a journey to find worldly goods turns into a discovery of the treasure found within. Lush, evocative, and deeply humane, the story of Santiago is an eternal testament to the transforming power of our dreams and the importance of listening to our hearts. "When I wrote The Alchemist I was trying to understand the reason d’être. Instead of creating a philosophical treaty, I decided to talk with a boy who existed in my soul. To my surprise, this boy lived within millions of people around the world. With this book, I want to share with my readers the questions that, precisely for not having answers, make life a great adventure."
Brida, a young Irish girl, has long been interested in various aspects of magic but is searching for something more. Her search leads her to people of great wisdom. She meets a wise man who dwells in a forest, who teaches her to trust in the goodness of the world, and a woman who teaches her how to dance to the music of the world. As Brida seeks her destiny, she struggles to find a balance between her relationships and her desire to become a witch.
"How can I know who my soulmate is?" Brida thought it was the most important question she asked. "You need to take risks." Wicca says, "There should be failure, depression, even despair, but don't give up looking for love, those who can persevere in will win."
The Supreme Gift
At the end of the nineteenth century, the young missionary Henry Drummond had to replace a famous priest. Although at first he wasn’t able to convince his parishioners, he soon captured their attention with the analysis of the words of Paul the apostle. His sermon "The Greatest Thing in the World" has become a classic and is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful texts ever written about love. The Supreme Gift is a translation and free adaptation by Paulo Coelho based on the original work by Henry Drummond.
Why is it that we destroy the things we love most? And how can we learn to let go of the past and believe in the future?
A man and a woman, motivated by a spiritual search, travel to the arid and supposedly empty Mojave Desert. Throughout forty days, surrounded by doubt and temptation, they will meet their most intimate conflicts.
The Valkyries brings us face to face with a battle against our vulnerability and fear of change, an inner war between our acceptance or our self-destruction.
Maktub is a collection of columns that Paulo Coelho published during a year in Folha de São Paulo. A series of stories and parables inspired by sources and folklore from several places that pick up on different cultures’ wisdom.
In the words of Paulo Coelho himself, "Maktub is not a self-help book, but rather an exchange of experiences, an excellent moment to reflect and find ourselves."
By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept
By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept is the first book in the trilogy "And on the Seventh Day", which is followed by Veronika Decides to Die and The Devil and Miss Prym. The three books narrate one week in the life of normal people who are suddenly faced with love, death, and power.
By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept talks about the importance of rebelling against conventions and following our instincts to live an intense life. Being in touch with our feminine side is the backdrop to a love story told by Pilar, a woman who’s afraid to experience her feelings. A seven-day journey, thanks to its challenge and audacity, will change her life. But in a small village in the French Pyrenees, by the waters of the River Piedra, a most special relationship will be reexamined in the dazzling light of some of life’s biggest questions.
The Fifth Mountain
In the year 870 BC, the inhabitants of Phoenicia believe that the prophet Elijah is responsible for their misfortunes and condemn him to death. He knows that the battle lies in choosing to move on with the inevitable or fight against fate.
The Fifth Mountain teaches us that we can all sometimes fall prey to apathy and neglect, letting fate take over our life. Only when we face what seems inevitable and leave the burden of the past behind us will we be able to evolve.
The Fifth Mountain is a quietly moving account of a man touched by the hand of God who must triumph over his frustrations in a soul-shattering trial of faith.
Love Letters from a Prophet
The great challenge lies in discovering our unique self, asking ourselves questions, and trying to search for answers. Kahlil Gibran, with his work, has helped those searching for answers and enjoying the adventure of self-discovery. However, where Kahlil Gibran’s goodness of his soul is revealed is in his letters to Maria Haskell, the love of his life.
To discover the man behind The Prophet, Paulo Coelho has compiled, translated, and adapted part of this intimate correspondence.
Warrior of the Light
Warrior of the Light talks about the inner battle we each fight every day. They are battles against worry, contradictions, doubts, and losses. However, within each of us there lives a warrior of light. A warrior of light still has the spark in his eyes.
He isn’t always courageous and doesn’t always act right. He suffers over useless things, sometimes he believes he’s incapable of growing, and he’s not always secure.
That’s why they are warriors of light. Because they make mistakes. Because they accept defeat. Because they question themselves. Because they keep their hope alive amid exhaustion and discouragement. Because they search for a reason, and they do not stop until they find it.
Veronika Decides to Die
Veronika seems to have it all: she goes to trendy places, has dates with young attractive men, but she’s not happy. Something is missing in her life. That’s why, one morning, she decides to die.
Veronika Decides to Die is part of the "And on the Seventh Day" trilogy, together with By the River Piedra I Sat and Wept and The Devil and Miss Prym. The three books narrate one week in the life of normal people who are suddenly faced with love, death, and power.
Sometimes, those who swim upstream, those who are different, who don’t play by the rules, who fearlessly face routines without fearing rejection, are considered crazy; but what if they were actually the sane ones?
The Devil and Miss Prym
Miss Prym is torn between the angel and the devil that, like everyone, she carries within her.
The Devil and Miss Prym brings the "And on the Seventh Day" trilogy to a close, which began with By the River Piedra I Sat and Wept and was followed by Veronika Decides to Die. The three books narrate one week in the life of normal people who are suddenly faced with love, death, and power.
There comes a time in life where the demons within us wake up; in that moment, it’s useless to pretend nothing is going on. The challenge does not wait. One week is enough to know if we choose to accept our fate or not.
A novel of temptation, The Devil and Miss Prym is a thought-provoking parable of a community devoured by greed, cowardice, and fear—as it struggles with the choice between good and evil.
"Once upon a time there was a prostitute named Maria...," that’s the start of the novel that moved the world.
Eleven Minutes is the story of Maria, a young girl from a Brazilian village, whose first innocent brushes with love leave her heartbroken. At a tender age, she becomes convinced that she will never find true love, instead of believing that "love is a terrible thing that will make you suffer…" A chance meeting in Rio takes her to Geneva, where she dreams of finding fame and fortune.
Maria’s despairing view of love is put to the test when she meets a handsome young painter. In this odyssey of self-discovery, Maria has to choose between pursuing a path of darkness—sexual pleasure for its own sake—or risking everything to find her own "inner light" and the possibility of sacred sex, sex in the context of love.
Because the world circles around something that only lasts eleven minutes.
An inspiring story, beautifully illustrated by Christoph Niemann, about a young man seeking wisdom from an elder, and the teachings imparted along the way.
In The Archer, we meet Tetsuya, a man once famous for his prodigious gift with a bow and arrow but who has since retired from public life, and the boy who comes searching for him. The boy has many questions, and in answering them Tetsuya illustrates the way of the bow and the tenets of a meaningful life. Paulo Coelho’s story suggests that living without a connection between action and soul cannot fulfil, that a life constricted by fear of rejection or failure is not a life worth living. Instead, one must take risks, build courage, and embrace the many unexpected turns fate has to offer.
With the wisdom, generosity, and grace that have made him an international bestseller, Paulo Coelho provides the framework for a rewarding life: hard work, passion, thoughtfulness, the willingness to fail, and the urge to make a difference.
"Illustrating literature is difficult, especially since Coelho's words do not need embellishment. My idea was to create a visual layer in a parallel sphere, which would help enjoy the book even more."
"It will take you about half an hour to read and a lifetime to implement. A very inspirational discussion of life, how we choose to live it, and of course, the art of shooting a bow."
"The Archer is a must-read."
"The narrative is simple, and the act of holding a bow and shooting an arrow is a fairly obvious metaphor for doing one’s best and striving for excellence. Despite this, fans of Coelho’s koanlike narratives will find much to ponder."
The Zahir is an inner voyage that the author decides to embark on when he realizes his obsession is nothing more than an impasse keeping him from the truth: to accept that his life isn’t as perfect as he thinks.
"Everything seemed great among them until Esther disappeared without a trace. The police elaborated kidnapping and murder hypotheses . . . while the husband, guided by these questions, set off on an unexpected journey in search of his wife."
This novel suggests we fight what obsesses us, what blocks our way, what doesn’t allow us to move forward. Because an obsession is the sign that there is something within us that is not working well.
Like the Flowing River
In this riveting collection of thoughts and stories, Paulo Coelho offers his personal reflections on a wide range of subjects from archery and music to elegance, travelling and the nature of good and evil.
Paulo Coelho shows us how life has lessons for us in the greatest, smallest and most unusual of experiences.
Like the Flowing River includes jewel-like fables, packed with meaning and retold in the author's inimitable style. Sharing his thoughts on spirituality, life and ethics, Paulo Coelho touches you with his philosophy and invites you to go on an exciting journey of your own.
"This allowed me to travel to many locations, meet many people, visit many countries, sleep in many places... The pages of Like the Flowing River are tales about moments I experienced, stories I was told, and reflections contained in small pills for crazy people."
The Witch of Portobello
The Witch of Portobello glorifies differences and criticizes a society and its intolerance, which vanquishes an individual’s freedom.
"Athena’s biggest problem was being a twenty-second-century woman living in the twenty-first century, allowing everyone to see her. Did she pay a price? Without a doubt. But she would’ve paid a much higher price if she would’ve repressed her exuberance."
Paulo Coelho encourages us to defend our roots and beliefs over the will of others and without feeling ashamed about what makes us unique.
The Winner Stands Alone
Set at the Cannes Film Festival, during a twenty-four-hour period we will follow Igor, a Russian communications mogul. His path will be crossed by Gabriela, a young and ambitious actress; Jasmine, a model from Rwanda and exiled in Europe; Javits, an influential and corrupt producer; and Hamid, a stylist at the height of his career. Igor’s appearance will change their lives forever.
Our insatiable need for recognition, fame, and fortune seems to draw us closer to success; however, in truth, it brings us closer to loneliness and distances us from our true feelings and values. The Winner Stands Alone is a powerful reflection on our most superficial side that makes us seem indifferent to the world we inhabit.
Aleph is a stunning novel where Paulo Coelho is facing a grave crisis of faith. He seeks a path of spiritual renewal and growth, his only real option is to begin again—to travel, to experiment, to reconnect with people and the landscapes around him.
Setting off to Africa, and then to Europe and Asia via the Trans-Siberian railroad, he initiates a journey to revitalize his energy and passion. Even so, he never expects to meet Hilal. A gifted young violinist, she is the woman Paulo loved five hundred years before—and the woman he betrayed in an act of cowardice so far-reaching that it prevents him from finding real happiness in this life. Together they will initiate a mystical voyage through time and space, travelling a path that teaches love, forgiveness, and the courage to overcome life’s inevitable challenges. Beautiful and inspiring, Aleph invites us to consider the meaning of our own personal journeys.
"When dissatisfaction doesn’t disappear, we understand it was placed there for just one reason: We must change everything and continue moving forward."
Manuscript Found in Accra
Paulo Coelho reveals in this deeply thoughtful novel that the great wisdom of life is that we can be masters of the things that try to enslave us.
"There is nothing wrong with anxiety. Although we cannot control God’s time, it is part of the human condition to want to receive the thing we are waiting for as quickly as possible. Or to drive away whatever is causing fear. Anxiety was born in the very same moment as mankind. And since we will never be able to master it, we will have to learn to live with it—just as we have learned to live with storms."
1099. Jerusalem awaits the invasion of the crusaders who have surrounded the city’s gates. There, inside the ancient city’s walls, women and men of every age and faith have gathered to hear the wisdom of a mysterious man known only as the Copt.
As the wise man speaks of loyalty, fear, bravery and solitude, of love, sex, beauty and elegance, his words offer truth and guidance, and reveal the human values that have endured throughout time—then as now, his words reveal who we are, what we fear and what we hope for the future.
Adultery explores the question of what it means to live life fully and happily, finding the balance between life’s routine and the desire for something new.
At thirty-one, Linda has everything many dream of and few are able to obtain: a perfect life in Geneva, Switzerland. Suddenly, she encounters Jacob, her old high school sweetheart, who bursts into her life to snap her out of her lethargy and make her, once again, feel that unexpected passion she thought she had forgotten.
An explicit and direct book that breaks taboos and makes us question the need to live a life without living, faced with apathy, resignation, and the fear of nothing ever-changing.
In this novel, Paulo Coelho brings to life one of history’s most enigmatic women: Mata Hari.
When Mata Hari arrived in Paris she was penniless. Within months she was the most celebrated woman in the city.
As a dancer, she shocked and delighted audiences; as a courtesan, she bewitched the era’s richest and most powerful men.
But as paranoia consumed a country at war, Mata Hari’s lifestyle brought her under suspicion. In 1917, she was arrested in her hotel room on the Champs-Élysées, and accused of espionage.
Told in Mata Hari’s voice through her final letter, The Spy is the unforgettable story of a woman who dared to defy convention and who paid the ultimate price.
Drawing on the rich experience of his own life, bestselling author Paulo Coelho takes us back in time to relive the dreams of a generation that longed for peace. In Hippie, he tells the story of Paulo, a young, skinny Brazilian man with a goatee and long, flowing hair, who dreams of becoming a writer, and Karla, a Dutch woman in her twenties who has been waiting to find a companion to accompany her on the fabled hippie trail to Nepal.
After meeting each other in Amsterdam, she convinces Paulo to join her on a trip aboard the Magic Bus that travels from Amsterdam to Istanbul and across Central Asia to Kathmandu. As they embark on this journey together, Paulo and Karla explore a love affair that awakens them on every level and leads to choices and decisions that will set the course for their lives thereafter.