The Pilgrimage pave the way to Paulo Coelho’s international bestselling novel The Alchemist. In many ways, these two wolumes are companions -to truly comprehend one, you must read the other.
Step inside this captivating account of 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 theordinary and simple ways of everyday people. Part adventure story, part guide to self-discovery, this compelling tale delivers the perfect combination of enchantment and insight.
« The Road to Santiago was the biggest change in my life. Thanks to the pilgrimage, I decided to follow my Personal Legend and become a writer. »
- Paulo Coelho
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."
« While I was writing The Alchemist, I was trying to understand why we are here. Instead of writing a philosophical treatise, I decided to talk to the child inside my soul. To my surprise, millions of other people around the world responded to that inner child. With this book I wanted to share with my readers the questions that make life a great adventure precisely because they have no answer. »
- Paulo Coelho
This is the spellbinding tale of Brida, a beautiful young Irish woman, and her quest for knowledge. On her journey, she meets a wise man who teaches her about overcoming her fears, and a woman who teaches her ancient rituals. They see in her a gift, but must let Brida make her own voyage of discovery.
« In Brida, my third novel, which I wrote just after The Alchemist, I tell the story of a young woman who dives into sorcery and her experiences with different magical traditions. I explore many themes that are dear to me, such as the Great Mother, pagan religions, and the perceptions of love. »
- Paulo Coelho
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? This is the question Paulo Coelho faces in this touching story about his confrontation with his past. In The Valkyries, Paulo and his wife, Christina, embark on a forty-day quest into the starkly beautiful and sometimes dangerous Mojave Desert, where they encounter the Valkyries, strange warrior women who travel the desert on motorcycles. A masterful blend of the exotic locales, dramatic adventure, and stark storytelling for which Coelho’s fictional works are renowned, this true-life odyssey is at once a modern-day adventure story and a poignant message about letting go of the past and believing in the future.
« It was an extremely difficult book to write. First, because it deals with matters that require sensitivy on the part of the reader. Second, because I have already told this story to many people, and I feared that I might have exhausted my capacity to write it down. The hird and most important reason: In order to relate the events that took place, I had to reveal details from my personal life-my marriage, my relationships with others, and the fragile distance that separates the magical Tradition to which I belong from the person I am. As is true for any human being, exposing my weaknesses and my private life is not easy. »
- Paulo Coelho
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
Rarely does adolescent love reach its full potential, but what happens when two young lovers reunite after eleven years? Time has transformed Pilar into a strong and independent woman, while her devoted childhood friend has grown into a handsome and charismatic spiritual leader.
Now they are together once again, embarking on a journey fraught with difficulties, as long-buried demons of blame and resentment resurface after more than a decade. 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.
By The River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept forms part of the trilogy And On the Seventh Day. The other books in the trilogy are Veronika Decides to Die and The Devil and Miss Prym. Each of the three books is concerned with a week in the life of ordinary people, all of whom find themselves suddenly confronted by love, death, and power.
« This book is about the importance of that surrender. Pilar and her companion are fictitious, but they represent the many conflicts that beset us in our search for love. Sooner or later, we have to overcome our fears, because the spiritual path can only be traveled through the daily experience of love. »
- Paulo Coelho
The Fifth Mountain
In The Fifth Mountain, Paulo Coelho takes us back to the ninth century, to the turbulent Middle East, where the prophet Elijah is struggling to keep his faith alive in a world of constant upheaval, tyrannical royalty, and pagan gods.
Elijah’s story is a lesson in persistence, an exercise in hope, and a journey you will never forget. Inspired by a circumstance that forever altered Coelho’s own life, The Fifth Mountain is a testament to the truth that tragedy in life should not be considered a punishment, but a challenge of the spirit. Gripping in its narrative and graceful in its prose, The Fifth Mountain teaches and inspires like no other novel. This is a timeless story for the ages, a tale of the past that resonates powerfully today.
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 is a timeless and inspirational companion to The Alchemist - an international bestseller that has beguiled millions of readers around the world. Every short passage invites us to live out our dreams, to embrace the uncertainty of life, and to rise to our own unique destiny. In his inimitable style, Paulo Coelho helps bring out the Warrior of the Light within each of us. He shows readers how to embark upon the way of the Warrior: the one who appreciates the miracle of being alive, the one who accepts failure, and the one whose quest leads to fulfilment and joy.
Veronika Decides to Die
Twenty-four-year-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 to never wake up. But she does -at a mental hospital where she is told that she has only days to live.
Inspired by events in Coelho’s own life, Veronika Decides 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.
Veronika Decides to Die forms part of the trilogy And On the Seventh Day. The other books in the trilogy are By The River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept and The Devil and Miss Prym. Each of the three books is concerned with a week in the life of ordinary people, all of whom find themselves suddenly confronted by love, death, and power.
« ’I’ve written a book about a mental institution,’ I said to my 85-year-old father. ’It’s a fictional work, but there are a couple of pages where I speak as myself. It means going public about the time I spent in mental hospitals.’
My father looked me in the eye and said:
’Are you sure it won’t harm you in any way?’
’Yes, I’m sure.’
’Then go ahead. I’m tired of secrets.’ »
- Paulo Coelho
The Devil and Miss Prym
A community divided by greed, cowardice, and fear. A man haunted by the ghost of a painful past. A young woman in search of happiness. Seven days, a short period during which good and evil will wage a decisive battle, and each character will decide on which of the two sides they belong. The small village of Viscos is the setting for this disturbing fight. With the arrival of a foreigner, the entire town becomes an accomplice in a perverse plot that will forever mark the history of its inhabitants.
The foreigner has traveled from far away and needs to find the answer to a question that torments him: Are human beings, in essence, good or evil? At once an evocative novel and a suspenseful page-turner, The Devil and Miss Prym captures one moment in our eternal struggle for self-knowledge, asking a question that all of us have stopped to reflect on at some point: What is the essence of the human being?
The Devil and Miss Prym concludes the trilogy And on the Seventh Day. The first two books were: By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept and Veronika Decides to Die. Each of the three books is concerned with a week in the life of ordinary people, all of who find themselves suddenly confronted by love, death and power.
Eleven Minutes tells 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 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, yet ends up working as a prostitute.
In Geneva, 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 must 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 true love.
« It is part of a writer's role to reflect on his or her own life, and writing a book about sexuality came to be a priority with me. At first, I thought I could deal directly with it by describing an ideal relationship between two people; I tried various approaches, but all failed. Eleven Minutes does not set out to be a manual or a treatise about a man and a woman confronted by the unknown world of sexual relationships. It is an analysis of my own trajectory, although without, in any way, passing judgement on my own experiences. It took me a long time to learn that the coming together of two bodies is more than just a response to certain physical stimuli or to the survival instinct of the species. The truth is that it carries within it all the cultural baggage of mankind and humanity. »
- Paulo Coelho
An inspiring story about a young man seeking wisdom from an elder, and the teachings imparted along the way.
To date, the book has been published in 38 languages, and so far eleven extraordinary artists around the world have illustrated its different editions. Christoph Niemann's artwork has been used in the German, French, English, Italian and Spanish editions, among ten other languages. Kim Dong-sung illustrated the Korean edition, Eva Eller the Russian and the Serbian, Martin Dima the Indonesian and the Kazakh, and Kanda Tangtrongjit did the same with the Thai version.
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 narrator of The Zahir is a bestselling novelist who lives in Paris and enjoys all the privileges money and celebrity bring. His wife of ten years, Esther, is a war correspondent who has disappeared along with a friend, Mikhail, who may or may not be her lover.
Was Esther kidnapped, murdered, or did she simply escape a marriage that left her unfulfilled? The narrator doesn’t have any answers, but he has plenty of questions of his own. Then one day Mikhail finds the narrator and promises to reunite him with his wife. In his attempt to recapture a lost love, the narrator discovers something unexpected about himself.
A haunting and redemptive story about obsession, The Zahir explores its potential to fulfil our dreams, and to destroy them.
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
How do we find the courage to always be true to ourselves -even if we are unsure of who we are?
That is the central question of international bestselling author Paulo Coelho’s profound work The Witch of Portobello. It is the story of a mysterious woman named Athena, told by the many who knew her well-or hardly at all.
The Witch of Portobello is the kind of story that will transform the way readers think about love, passion, joy, and sacrifice.
The Winner Stands Alone
In The Winner Stands Alone, Paulo Coelho takes us to the Cannes Film Festival, where the so-called superclass-those who have made it in the dreammaker’s world of fashion and cinema- gathers. At stake are money, power, and fame-things that most people are prepared to do anything to keep.
At this modern vanity fair we meet Igor, a Russian millionaire; Middle Eastern fashion czar Hamid, American actress Gabriela, eager to land a lead role; ambitious criminal detective Savoy, hoping to resolve the case of his life; and Jasmine, a woman on the brink of a successful modelling career.
Who will succeed in identifying his or her own personal dream among the many prefabricated ones-and succeed in making it come true?
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.