Paulo Coelho Story And Biography

Paulo Coelho Life Story Overview

Paulo Coelho is amongst the most well-known and successful authors today, having sold more than 100 million books in more than 150 nations all over the world. His books are some of the most translated in the field with his work being available in numerous languages. He has won a Guinness World Record for having the most translated books.

Coelho’s Early Life

Paulo Coelho was born in Rio de Janeiro in 1947. When he was 38 years, he traveled to Spain where he had a spiritual awakening that led him to author his first book called the Pilgrimage. However, he did not become famous until he wrote his second book the Alchemist. The book sold about 35 million copies and became one of the most sold books in the recent times. He attended Jesuit School and his dreams to become a writer began then. He was an introvert and had an artistic side. His parents reacted to this by sending him to the asylum and agreeing to shock therapy for the author. Although he started studying law, he dropped out to travel. He acted in theater, worked as a journalist and even founded a magazine in 2001. He has also written the lyrics to a rock song and created a comic strip.

Personal Life

Paulo Coelho got married Christina Oiticica, a fellow artist in 1980. They now live in Geneva. He started the Paulo Coelho Institute in 1996 to support the elderly and children. He still writes books each two years. He is a Catholic and goes to Mass often. He has gone to prison three times and tortured for his political activism.

Most Famous Work


It was his first book after he changed his life. He visited Spain and had a spiritual awakening that led him to write the book. It is an account of the journey in his mother tongue. He stopped working after writing this book and dedicated his time to writing.

The Alchemist

It is his most famous book. He wrote the book in 1987 and is about a shepherd boy who follows a mystical journey in a bid to gain the desires of his heart.

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