From the author of The Alchemist, a unique and edifying literary journey inspired by the four elements.
One of the world's best-loved storytellers, Paulo Coelho has brought joy and wisdom to millions. In Inspirations, his arrangement of his personal favorite literary classics is as selective as a bouquet of flowers, a gift to his readers. This compendium of works will becomes a perennial gift and perfect companion to Coelho's own bestselling classic, The Alchemist.
Coelho's inspiration draws from each work' affinity to the four elements.
Earth includes Oscar Wilde and D.H. Lawrence
Air includes Nelson Mandela and Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Fire includes Rumi and Mary Shelley
Water includes Hans Christian Andersen and Niccolo Machiavelli
Brazilian author Paulo Coelho broke sacred ground -- and crossed over into worldwide fame as an author -- with his symbolic masterpiece, The Alchemist. Since then, Coelho has dedicated his work to the ideal of helping people to follow their wildest dreams
About The Author:Brazilian author Paulo Coelho broke sacred ground -- and crossed over into worldwide fame as an author -- with his symbolic masterpiece, The Alchemist. Since then, Coelho has dedicated his work to the ideal of helping people to follow their wildest dreams.
Table Of Contents:
The Ugly Duckling Hans Christian Andersen 5
'The Prologue' from Tales from the Thousand and One Nights 15
from The Prince Niccolò Machiavelli 23
from Through the Looking-Glass-'Looking-glass House' Lewis Carroll 43
from The Art of War - 'Forms and Dispositions' Sun-tzu 53
Oscar Wilde: from De Profundis 63
from Dracula -'Dr Seward's Diary' Bram Stoker 76
from Eichmann and the Holocaust Hannah Arendt 81
from Selected Poems - 'He wishes for the Cloths of Heaven' and 'The Song of Wandering Aengus' W. B. Yeats 90
from Lady Chatterley's Lover D. H. Lawrence 92
Agitation (not action)
from No Easy Walk to Freedom - 'Black Man in a White Man's Court' Nelson Mandela 109
from One Hundred Years of Solitude Gabriel García Márquez 117
from The Strange Case of Full Statement of the Case' Robert Louis Stevenson Dr Jekyll Mr Hyde 'Henry Jekyll's 125
from Nineteen Eighty-Four George Orwell 132
from Fictions - 'The Library of Babel' Jorge Luis Borges 141
Darkness (Smoke) Hymn
Motion: Root of all change
From the Rig Veda - 'Hymns to Agni, God of the Sacrifice' 156
From The Desert Fathers - Sayings of the Early Christian Monks - 'Visions' 167
From the Bhagavad Gita 181
From the Dead Sea Scrolls 192
from Venus in Furs Leopold Sacher-Masoch 194
from The Prophet Kahlil Gibran 199
from Spiritual Verses Rumi 202
from Selected Poems - 'Brahma, Visnu, Siva' Rabindranath Tagore 223
from Frankenstein Mary Shelly 227
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Date of Birth:
August 24, 1947
Place of Birth:
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Left law school in second year
Crystal Award (Switzerland), 1999; Rio Branco Order (Brazil), 2000; Legion d €™Honneur (France), 2001; Brazilian Academy of Letters (Brazil), 2002
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His books have been translated into 56 languages, topped bestseller lists throughout the world, and scored him such celebrity fans as Julia Roberts, Bill Clinton, and Madonna; yet for Brazilian publishing phenom Paulo Colho, the road to success has been strewn with a number of obstacles, many of them rooted in his troubled past.
As a youth, Coelho was expected to follow in the footsteps of his father, a professional engineer. When he rebelled, expressing his intentions to become a writer, his parents had him committed to a psychiatric hospital where he was subjected to electro-shock therapy. He left home to join the 1970s countercultural revolution, experimenting with drugs, dabbling in black magic, and getting involved in Brazil's bohemian art and music scene. He teamed with rock musician Raul Seixas for an extremely successful songwriting partnership that changed the face of Brazilian pop -- and put a lot of money in Coelho's pockets. He also joined an anti-capitalist organization called the Alternative Society which attracted the attention of Brazil's military dictatorship. Marked down as a subversive, he was imprisoned and tortured.
Amazingly, Coelho survived these horrific experiences. He left the hippie lifestyle behind, went to work in the record industry, and began to write, but without much success. Then, in the mid-1980s, during a trip to Europe, he met a man, an unnamed mentor he refers to only as "J," who inducted him into Regnum Agnus Mundi, a secret society that blends Catholicism with a sort of New Age mysticism. At J's urging, Coelho journeyed across el Camino de Santiago, the legendary Spanish road traversed by pilgrims since the Middle Ages. He chronicled this life-changing, 500-mile journey -- the culmination of decades of soul-searching -- in The Pilgrimage, published in 1987.
The following year, Coelho wrote The Alchemist, the inspirational fable for which he is best known. The first edition sold so poorly the publisher decided not to reprint it. Undaunted, Coelho moved to a larger publishing house that seemed more interested in his work. When his third novel (1990's Brida) proved successful, the resulting media buzz carried The Alchemist all the way to the top of the charts. Released in the U.S. by HarperCollins in 1993, The Alchemist became a word-of-mouth sensation, turning Coelho into a cult hero.
Since then, he has gone on to create his own distinct literary brand -- an amalgam of allegory and self-help filled with spiritual themes and symbols. In his novels, memoirs, and aphoristic nonfiction, he returns time and again to the concepts of quest and transformation and has often said that writing has helped connect him to his soul. While his books have not always been reviewed favorably and have often become the subject of strong cultural and philosophical debate, there is no doubt that this self-described "pilgrim writer" has struck a chord in readers everywhere. In the 2009 edition of the Guiness Book of World Records, Coelho was named the most translated living author -- with William Shakespeare the most translated of all time!
Few writers are able to accomplish what Coelho can in just two to four weeks -- which is how long it takes for him to write an entire novel.
Before become a bestselling novelist, Coelho was a writer of a different sort. He co-wrote more than 60 songs with Brazilian musician Raul Seixas.
Coelho is the founder of the Paulo Coelho Institute, a non-profit organization funded by his royalties that raises money for underprivileged children and the elderly in his homeland of Brazil.
In our interview with Coelho, he shared some fascinating facts about himself:
"I have been practicing archery for a long time; a bow and arrow helps me to unwind."
"In writing, I apply my feminine side and respect the mystery involved in creation."
"I love almost everything about my work, except conferences. I am too shy in front of an audience. But I love signings and having eye contact with a reader who already knows my soul."
In the spring of 2003, Paulo Coelho answered some of our questions.
What was the book that most influenced your life?
The Bible, which contains all the stories and all the guidance humankind needs.
What are your favorite books, and what makes them special to you?
If you had a book club, what would it be reading?
At this moment, any book that would help me stop war and terrorism.
What are your favorite books to give as gifts?
Any one from my list of favorites (above).
In the summer of 2004, we asked authors featured in Meet the Writers to give us a list of their all-time favorite summer reads, and tell us what makes them just right for the season. Here's what Paulo Coelho had to say:
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