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Paulo Coelho: A Warrior's Life
is the first-ever biography of the man whose books have sold an astounding 100 million copies worldwide, making him one of the bestselling authors of all time.
Paulo Coelho's life begins with a complicated birth in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in August 1947. He was known as the "boy who was born dead" and who ultimately survived against all odds. Before he became internationally known as a worldwide bestselling author, Paulo lived many different lives. He flirted with suicide, was committed by his parents to insane asylums, suffered the brutality of electric shock therapy, dove into drugs, tried several varieties of sex, met the devil, spent time in prison, helped revolutionize Brazilian rock with musician Raul Seixas, and finally rediscovered his faith in 1986 as he walked the sacred Road to Santiago de Compostela, a medieval pilgrim's route between France and Spain.
Coelho would later describe this life-changing spiritual experience in his first book, The Pilgrimage. The following year, The Alchemist established his worldwide reputation. The novel has already achieved the status of a universally admired modern classic. Now, for the first time, discover the life story of one of the most widely read and adored authors of our time.
“Fans of Coelhos work will eagerly tear through this attentive, satisfying biography.” Publishers Weekly
After reading this biography, it is easy to understand how and why these youthful experiences and his subsequent spiritual reawakening inform his fiction with the mystical depth that is his literary trademark. Readers will definitely want to see how his unfolding story continues to play out. Booklist
Paulo Coelho: A Warriors Life is the definitive, authorized biography of one of the worlds most popular and widely read authors—and the story of how his enormously popular novel The Alchemist came to be. Fernando Morais, the preeminent biographer in Brazil and a groundbreaking journalist, traces Coelhos roots in Brazil to his time as a musician and pop lyricist to his wild days of rock and roll to the publication of the The Alchemist and beyond, telling the true tale of one of the most adored authors of our time.
About the Author
Fernando Morais is one of the most important and preeminent journalists in South America and is widely credited with making the biography a popular genre in Brazil. He is also a well-known politician and activist whose articles have stirred much debate in both his native country and South America in general. He lives in SÃo Paulo.
Fernando Morais es uno de los periodistas mÁs prestigiosos y reconocidos de Brasil. Desde que en 1961 empezÓ en la profesiÓn, ha recibido importantes premios de periodismo. TambiÉn ha sido diputado durante ocho aÑos, Secretario de Cultura y Secretario de EducaciÓn y, ademÁs, es guionista de televisiÓn. Morais es autor, entre otros, de TransamazÔnica, A ilha, Olga, ChatÔ, o rei do Brasil, CoraÇÕes sujos(ganadora del Premio Jabuti del libro del aÑo 2001 de No FicciÓn), Cem quilos de ouro, Na toca dos leÕes y Montenegro. Con mÁs de dos millones de ejemplares vendidos, las obras de Morais han sido traducidas a veintiÚn idiomas. Sus libros se sitÚan siempre en los primeros puestos de las listas de venta en Brasil. En 2004, Olgafue llevada al cine por Jayme Monjardim. Con mÁs de cinco millones de espectadores, la cinta fue elegida para representar al paÍs en la ceremonia de los Oscar de 2005. Morais es miembro del Consejo PolÍtico del periÓdico Brasil de Fatoy del Consejo Superior de Telesur, el canal de televisiÓn pÚblico latinoamericano con sede en Caracas. Es tambiÉn miembro de la Academia Marianense de Letras. El Magose publicarÁ en mÁs de treinta paÍses.