The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho


Introduction of The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho – Paulo Coelho’s enchanting novel has inspired a devoted following around the world. This story, dazzling in its powerful simplicity and inspiring 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…


‘An exceptional writer.’ — USA Today

‘His books have had a life-enhancing impact on millions of people.’ — The Times

‘One of the few to deserve the term Publishing Phenomenon.’ — Independent On Sunday

‘Coelho’s writing is beautifully poetic but his message is what counts… he gives me hope and puts a smile on my face.’ — Daily Express


Like the one-time bestseller Jonathan Livingston Seagull, The Alchemist presents a simple fable, based on simple truths and places it in a highly unique situation. And though we may sniff a bestselling formula, it is certainly not a new one: even the ancient tribal storytellers knew that this is the most successful method of entertaining an audience while slipping in a lesson or two. Brazilian storyteller Paulo Coehlo introduces Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who one night dreams of a distant treasure in the Egyptian pyramids. And so he’s off: leaving Spain to literally follow his dream.

Along the way, he meets many spiritual messengers, who come in unassuming forms such as a camel driver and a well-read Englishman. In one of the Englishman’s books, Santiago first learns about the alchemists–men who believed that if a metal were heated for many years, it would free itself of all its individual properties, and what was left would be the “Soul of the World.” Of course, he does eventually meet an alchemist, and the ensuing student-teacher relationship clarifies much of the boy’s misguided agenda, while also emboldening him to stay true to his dreams. “My heart is afraid that it will have to suffer,” the boy confides to the alchemist one night as they look up at a moonless night.

About the Author

Born in Brazil, Paulo Coelho started his career as a lyricist and theatre director and later left it to become an author. Paulo has written and published over 30 books and is also an avid blogger. He is active in numerous other social media platforms. Paulo Coelho was named the Messenger of Peace of the United Nations in 2007 and has bagged numerous prestigious awards like the Crystal Award by the World Economic Forum, The Honorable Award of the President of the Republic by the President of Bulgaria and so on.


Books by the Author

Theater For Education – 1974
Hell Archives – 1982
The Pilgrimage – 1987
The Alchemist – 1988
Brida – 1990
The Supreme Gift – 1991
The Valkyries – 1992
Maktub – 1994
By the River Piedra, I Sat Down and Wept – 1994
The Fifth Mountain – 1996
Love Letters from a Prophet – 1997
Manual of the Warrior of Light – 1997
Veronika Decides to Die – 1998
Essential Words – 1998
The Devil and Miss Prym – 2000
Fathers, Sons, and Grandsons – 2001
Eleven Minutes – 2003
The Genie and the Roses – 2004
Journeys – 2004
Life – 2004
The Zahir – 2005
Revived Paths – 2005
Like the Flowing River – 2006
The Witch of Portobello – 2006
The Winner Stands Alone – 2008
Love – 2009
Aleph – 2010
Manuscript Found in Accra – 2012
Adultery – 2014
The Spy – 2016
Hippie – 2018

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho