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1 Biography 2 Writing career 2.1 Adaptations 3 File sharing 4 Personal life 5 Bibliography 6 References 7 External links
Biography Paulo Coelho was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He attended a Jesuit school. As a teenager, Coelho wanted to become a writer. Upon telling his mother this, she responded with "My dear, your father is an engineer. He's a logical, reasonable man with a very clear vision of the world. Do you actually know what it means to be a writer?" After researching, Coelho concluded that a writer "always wears glasses and never combs his hair" and has a "duty and an obligation never to be understood by his own generation," amongst other things. At 16, Coelho's introversion and opposition to following a traditional path led to his parents committing him to a mental institution from which he escaped three times before being released at the age of 20. Coelho later remarked that "It wasn't that they wanted to hurt me, but they didn't know what to do... They did not do that to destroy me, they did that to save me." At his parents' wishes, Coelho enrolled in law school and abandoned his dream of becoming a writer. One year later, he dropped out and lived life as ahippie, traveling through South America, North Africa, Mexico, and Europe and becoming immersed in the drug culture of the 1960s.  Upon his return to Brazil, Coelho worked as a songwriter, composing lyrics for Elis Regina, Rita Lee, and Brazilian icon Raul Seixas. Composing with Raul led to Paulo being associated with satanism and occultism, due to the content of some songs. In 1974, Coelho was arrested for "subversive" activities by the ruling military government, who had taken power ten years earlier and viewed his lyrics as left-wing and dangerous. Coelho also worked as an actor, journalist, and theatre director before pursuing his writing career. In 1986, Coelho walked the 500-plus mile Road of Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain, a turning point in his life. On the path, Coelho had a spiritual awakening, which he described autobiographically in The Pilgrimage. In an interview, Coelho stated "[In 1986], I was very happy in the things I was doing. I was doing something that gave me food and water – to use the metaphor in "The Alchemist", I was working, I had a person whom I loved, I had money, but I
Coelho is also writing at his own blog three times a week. The project stalled and never materialized and the film rights were sold to Harvey Weinstein who will serve as the film's producer. to be a writer. Coelho has published 30 books. and directed by Walter Avancini. My dream was. He is the all-time bestselling Portuguese language author. newspaper columns. Three of them – The Pilgrimage. Coelho said. "If I see a white feather today. He subsequently found a bigger publishing house. that is a sign that God is giving me that I have to write a new book. It was an audience failure and this adaptation was even reproved by Paulo Coelho himself. while the majority of the rest are fictional. like Maktub and The Manual of the Warrior of Light.The Valkyries and "Aleph" – are autobiographical. winning the Guinness World Record for most translated book by a living author. In 1986 he contributed to the Practical Manual of Vampirism. Coelho has sold more than 100 million books in over 150 countries worldwide. In total. becoming one of the best-selling books in history. The Fifth Mountain. Sônia Mota and Agélica Lopes. Writing career In 1982 Coelho published his first book. The following year. and still is. Since the publication of The Alchemist.was not fulfilling my dream. Like the Flowing River. This adaptation was written by Jayme Camargo. This dates back to The Pilgrimage: While trying to overcome his procrastination of launching his writing career. and began writing that day. or selected teachings. Due to the lack of sponsors. The Alchemist has gone on to sell more than 65 million copies. Adaptations Several of Coelho's books have been adapted into other media. it had a premature ending: the last scenes were not recorded. although rooted in his life experiences. 2004 Warner Bros." Coelho would leave his lucrative career as a songwriter and pursue writing full-time. It was the last novel filmed by TV Manchete." After making the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in 1986. The Valkyries and The Witch of Portobello. Eleven Minutes. Others." Coelho found a white feather in the window of a shop. The Devil and Miss Prym. The Brazilian actress Carolina Kasting played Brida. and with the publication of his next book Brida. the 71st being Maltese. Hell Archives. Coelho has generally written one novel every two years including By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept. although he later tried to take it off the shelves since he considered it “of bad quality. 1998 TV Manchete made a 52-episode miniseries based on Brida. are collections of essays. Coelho wrote The Pilgrimage. and has been translated into more than 70 languages. . Veronika Decides to Die. being replaced by screenshots with narrations. In total. Coelho wrote The Alchemist and published it through a small Brazilian publishing house who made an initial print run of 900 copies and decided not to reprint. bought the rights to the film adaptation of The Alchemist. which failed to make any significant impact. The Alchemist became a Brazilian bestseller. and his works have been translated into 71 languages.
2011 In July Coelho ran Aleph. In 1996. The winner was Turkish artist Raif Kurt. Coelho took to pirating his own books on The Pirate Bay. author Jeff Jarvis named Coelho 'the Googliest author' in his bookWhat Would Google Do. which provides aid to children and elderly people with financial problems. Brazil. The Video Contest to collaborate and increase interaction with his more than 5. Due to the openness regarding his content. Jane Friedman.000 to one million in three years. 2007 In June Paulo Coelho announced The Experimental Witch Project. in 1999 Coelho and his wife Christina Oiticica divide their time between Europe and Rio de Janeiro. Member of the Board of the Shimon Peres Center for Peace Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur (France) UNESCO special counsellor for “Intercultural Dialogues and Spiritual Convergences” Board Member of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship Member of the Brazilian Academy of Letters Member of INI International Advisory Council – HARVARD INTERNATIONAL NEGOTIATION INITIATIVE . who noticed that one of the unauthorized versions Coelho linked to had notes from his own manuscript.000 friends on Facebook. Coelho was named a Messenger of Peace to the UN. Switzerland. The two reached a compromise: each month a new novel can be read for free on the publisher's website. Sales of his book jumped from 3. In September 2007. A fan posted a Russian translation of one of his novels online. a collaborative project based on The Witch of Portobello. File sharing Paulo Coelho is a strong advocate of spreading his books through peer-to-peer file sharing networks. He was caught by the head of HarperCollins. Coelho founded the Paulo Coelho Institute. He is a Roman Catholic and he attends Massregularly.000. with no additional promotion or publicity from his publishers. 2009 Veronika Decides to Die was made into a film released. Coelho provides free translations of many of his books. Personal life Coelho and violinist Yehudi Menuhin at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum at Davos.
in Sofia. the Official Fan Club Paulo Coelho website lists two additional books published in 1974:The Manifest of Krig-há and Theater For Education. Doha Center of Media Freedom On May 9. 2006. Member of the Board. Year Portuguese Title English Title 1974 O Manifesto de Krig-há The Manifest of Krig-há 1974 Teatro da Educação Theater For Education 1982 Arquivos do Inferno Hell Archives 1986 O Manual Prático do Vampirismo Practical Manual of Vampirism 1988 O Diário de Um Mago The Pilgrimage 1988 O Alquimista The Alchemist 1990 Brida Brida 1991 O Dom Supremo The Greatest Gift 1992 As Valkírias The Valkyries 1994 Maktub Maktub . Bulgaria. Bibliography Note: Although the biography section of Coelho's website states that his first book was published in 1982. Paulo Coelho was awarded by the President of Bulgaria Georgi Parvanov the "The Honorable Award of the President of the Republic".
Na margem do rio Piedra eu sentei e chorei By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept 1996 O Monte Cinco The Fifth Mountain Letras do amor de um profeta 1997 Love Letters from a Prophet Manual do guerreiro da The Manual of the Warrior of Light luz Veronika decide morrer 1998 Palavras essenciais Veronika Decides to Die Essential Words 2000 O Demônio e a srta Prym The Devil and Miss Prym 2001 Histórias para pais. Veronika Decides to Die and The Devil and Miss Prym) 2004 O Gênio e as Rosas The Genie and the Roses Viagens Journeys . filhos Fathers. Sons and Grandsons e netos 2003 Onze Minutos Eleven Minutes E no sétimo dia And on the Seventh Day (collection of the novels By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept.
O Zahir 2005 Caminhos Recolhidos The Zahir Revived Paths 2006 Ser como um rio que flui Like the Flowing River A bruxa de Portobello The Witch of Portobello 2007 Vida: Citações selecionadas Life: Selected Quotations 2008 O Vencedor está Só The Winner Stands Alone 2010 O Aleph Aleph .
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