9 Facts About Paulo Coelho

1. Since the publication of The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho has produced a new book at a rate of about one every two years.

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2. In 1987, Paulo Coelho wrote a new book, The Alchemist, over the course of one two-week spurt of creativity.

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3. In 2007 Paulo Coelho sold in excess of 100 million books and since its release his novel The Alchemist has shifted more than 165 million copies.

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4. In 1982, Paulo Coelho published his first book, Hell Archives, which failed to make a substantial impact.

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5. In 1986, Paulo Coelho walked the 500-plus mile Road of Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain, a turning point in his life.

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6. On 22 December 2016, Paulo Coelho was listed by UK-based company Richtopia at number 2 in the list of 200 most influential contemporary authors.

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7. In an interview, Paulo Coelho stated "[In 1986], I was very happy in the things I was doing.

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8. On the path, Paulo Coelho had a spiritual awakening, which he described autobiographically in The Pilgrimage.

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9. Upon his return to Brazil, Paulo Coelho worked as a songwriter, composing lyrics for Elis Regina, Rita Lee, and Brazilian icon Raul Seixas.

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