Biography of Paulo CoelhoPaulo Coelho is a Brazilian writer, winner of many international literary awards, including the French Legion of Honor, the Crystal Award of the Swiss World Economic Forum (WEF) and Italy’s Grinzane Cavour.
Writer Paulo Coelho
The Russian reader recognized the writer after the publication of "The Alchemist"
The number of published book editions of the author in Russian last year reached 15 million copies.
Childhood and youth Paulo CoelhoThe future best-selling author was born on August 24, 1947 in Rio de Janeiro in the wealthy engineer family. He studied at the school of the Catholic Order of the Jesuits, where the main principle of pedagogy was considered to be the development of the individual abilities of children, the cultivation of ambition and the spirit of rivalry.
Paulo Kaelho in childhood
Family of Paulo Coelho
Coelho returned to his country a few years later, began to write lyrics, collaborating with well-known artists, including rock stars Ellis Regina, Rita Lee, Raoul Seihas.Together they wrote about a hundred musical compositions, including, extremely social. In addition, Paulo became interested in occultism, mysticism, ideas of the British black magician and Satanist Aleister Crowley. He was also a Brazilian anarchist cell, worked in the theater troupe as an actor and director, collaborated with publishing houses as a journalist.
Young Paulo Coelho
Early career Paulo CoelhoIn 1982, an event occurred that became a turning point in Coelho’s life. In the cafe of Amsterdam, he met a representative of the Catholic monastic order of the RAM, exploring the word of God, his sacraments, translating the Gospel into everyday life, changing it. He became the spiritual mentor of Paulo.
Paulo Coelho - Hippie
After that, he decided to leave the lucrative career of a songwriter, to follow his dream - to write books, each of which will later receive recognition from the readership.
Inspired by the trip to the holy places, Coelho described the Path of Santiago (the third center of Christianity after Rome and Jerusalem) and the amazing events taking place on it with ordinary people in the novel “The Magician's Diary” or “Pilgrimage”. The first publication in 1987 of the book did not have such success as The Alchemist, but caused a multiple increase in the number of pilgrims on this Path.
Pilgrimage changed Paulo Coelho
The next well-accepted work of Coelho is Brida. Then, as a rule, Paulo wrote one novel every 2 years. Among his works are “I sat down on the shores of Rio Piedra and I cried”, “The Fifth Mountain”, “Veronica decides to die”, “Eleven minutes”, “The winner is left alone”. In total, about 175 million books of the novelist have been sold in more than 170 countries.Three of them - "Pilgrimage", "Valkyrie" and "Aleph" - are autobiographical.
Truth from Paulo Coelho
Activity Paulo CoelhoThe writer is a staunch human rights advocate. In 1996, he founded the Institute in his own name, which supports the Brazilians in violation of their legitimate interests.
The novelist, once recognized as a prisoner of conscience by Amnesty International, has been a member of its Governing Council since 2013, as well as the Schwab Foundation for the Promotion of Social Entrepreneurship.
Interview with Paulo Coelho (with Russian subtitles)
Personal life of Paulo CoelhoThe writer has always been popular with women, starting at a young age.His first wife was Vera Richteron, a Yugoslav from Belgrade. She was older than him by 11 years. But the marriage was not long-lived, like many of the author’s relations at that time.
At the age of 25, he met a girl named Adalzhiz Eliana Rios de Magalhaez (abbreviated as Jiza). She graduated from the Faculty of Architecture. Soon they began to live together and then got married. This relationship came at the time of the hippie and legal use of soft drugs. But they soon exhausted themselves.
Soon he married 19-year-old Cecile MacDowell, who was the daughter of the owner of a tuberculosis clinic. But this marriage collapsed after three years.
Paulo Coelho with his wife Cristina
Favorite work of art writer called the picture of Jan van Eyck "Portrait of Arnolfini couple" (noting that "Mona Lisa" by Leonardo da Vinci, in his opinion, clearly overestimated), the best book considers "Tropic of Cancer" by Henry Miller.
Paulo Coelho todayAccording to news agencies, in 2016, filming of the novel "The Alchemist" is planned. The film will be directed by Lawrence Fishburne, the main role of the shepherd Santiago will be performed by Idris Elba.
Paulo Coelho always wanted to write books and be a writer
Paulo Coelho "11 minutes" (excerpt)