• Title English : The Alchemist – Grand Prix of Elle’s readers 1995
• Author : Paulo Coelho
• Pages : 190 Sheet
• Publisher : J’AI LU [I have read] (March 1, 2007)
• Collection : LITTERATURE GENERALE
• ISBN-10 : 2290004448
• ISBN-13 : 978-2290004449
• Product Dimensions : 17,5 x 11,4 x 1 cm
• Format Kindle : Paperback, PDF, Ebook and Epub
• Price : €
• Rating : ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 7/10
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Santiago, a young Andalusian shepherd, goes in search of a treasure buried at the foot of the Pyramids.
When he meets the Alchemist in the desert, he teaches him to listen to his heart, to read the signs of destiny and, above all, to follow his dream.
A marvelous philosophical tale destined for the child who sleeps in every being, this book has already marked a generation of readers.”
“Paulo Coelho is one of the most appreciated writers of our time. With seventy-five million copies sold worldwide, his books have been translated into 61 languages and published in 150 countries. He has received many prestigious international awards and has been a member of the Brazilian Academy of Literature since 2002. The alchemist is his first novel.
Paulo Coelho is a Brazilian novelist and performer. Born into a middle-class family, an engineer father and a housewife mother, he is enrolled in the Jesuit school of San Ignacio in Rio. At the age of seventeen, a rebellious teenager, his father, has him interned in a psychiatric hospital. His parents would like him to become an engineer, but Paulo Coelho loves theater and subscribes to the hippie movement and all its excesses. It was at this time that the composer and performer Raul Seixas asked him to become his lyricist. Their association is a success and lasts until 1976. It helps to change the face of the Brazilian rock scene.
During the military dictatorship, his libertarian stance as a journalist, musician and writer earned him the prison where he is tortured. It is his “psychiatric record” that saves him: he escapes the worst by posing as crazy. At twenty-six, he joined Polygram and met his first wife. In 1978, he leaves his wife and his job. It was during the visit of the Dachau concentration camp that his vocation as a writer took a major turn: he went there to meet the person reconciles him with Catholicism and upsets his commitment as a writer.
After this meeting, he will borrow, with his future wife, Christina Oiticica, the road to Compostela. He discovers secrets about himself and the world that will constitute the essence of his future message. In 1987, Coelho publishes The Pilgrim of Compostela. But it is with the publication of L’Alchimiste, sold to 65 million copies and translated in 56 languages (figures of 2008) that it acquires an international reputation.
Today, Paulo Coelho is an honored man and an international figure in the literary scene. In Brazil, he was admitted to the Academy of Letters. It has created a foundation for the support of the most disadvantaged in this country and is involved in many humanitarian programs. The “personal legend” is an expression used by the writer Paulo Coelho in his book The Alchemist. According to him, we would all carry a particular and favorable destiny. The fulfillment of this destiny, which he calls the “personal legend,” depends on our ability to recover our deepest desires.”