The Alchemist (Paperback)
At its heart, "The Alchemist" is the story of a quest, following the young, love-stricken Santiago on his ever-evolving journey through Spain and beyond. The magical language of this fantastical tale invokes the ancient odysseys of classic epics as it draws on an eternity of wisdom and experience to craft the transformation of Santiago's cognizance. You'll find yourself transported by the enchanting fable, and emerge with your own sense of enlightenment.— Mckenna G., bookseller
An international bestseller
Over 80 million copies sold worldwide
A PBS Great American Read Top 100 pick
A special 25th anniversary edition of the extraordinary international bestseller, including a new Foreword by Paulo Coelho.
Combining magic, mysticism, wisdom and wonder into an inspiring tale of self-discovery, The Alchemist has become a modern classic, selling millions of copies around the world and transforming the lives of countless readers across generations.
Paulo Coelho's masterpiece tells the mystical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure. His quest will lead him to riches far different—and far more satisfying—than he ever imagined. Santiago's journey teaches us about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, of recognizing opportunity and learning to read the omens strewn along life's path, and, most importantly, to follow our dreams.
About the Author
Paulo Coelho, born in Rio de Janeiro in 1947, is one of the bestselling and most influential authors in the world. The Alchemist, The Pilgrimage, The Valkyries, Brida, Veronika Decides to Die, Eleven Minutes, The Zahir, The Witch of Portobello, The Winner Stands Alone, Aleph, Manuscript Found in Accra, and Adultery, among others, have sold over 175 million copies worldwide, and The Alchemist has been on the New York Times bestseller list for over 360 weeks.
Paulo Coelho has been a member of the Brazilian Academy of Letters since 2002, and in 2007, he was appointed United Nations Messenger of Peace. He is also the most followed author on social media.
“It’s a brilliant, magical, life-changing book that continues to blow my mind with its lessons. [...] A remarkable tome.”
— NEIL PATRICK HARRIS, ACTOR
“it changed my whole life. I realized of all of the people who had conspired to get me to this place.”
— PHARRELL WILLIAMS, MUSICIAN AND SONG-WRITER
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— M. Scott Peck
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— Rudolfo Anaya, author of Bless Me, Ultima
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— Indianapolis Star
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— London Times
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— Joseph Girzone, author of Joshua
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— Austin American-Statesman
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— Publishers Weekly
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— Gerald G. Jampolsky, M.D., co-author of Change Our Mind, Change Your Life
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“A remarkable tale about the most magical of all journeys: the quest to fulfill one’s destiny.”
— Anthony Robbins, author of Awaken the Giant Within