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Paulo Coelho: A Warrior's Life: The Authorized Biography
 
 
Author
Fernando Morais.
Publisher HarperOne  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.25 x 6.25 x 1.5 inches
ISBN 9780061718885
Pages/Publication Date 457/2009
Daedalus Item Code 11324
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One of the most widely read writers in the world—The Alchemist has been translated into 71 languages, a world record for a living author—Paulo Coelho has seemingly lived enough for any three writers. Brazilian journalist, biographer, and activist Fernando Morais chronicles a life that began with a complicated birth in Rio de Janeiro in August 1947; Coelho was dubbed the "boy who was born dead," yet survived. As a young man he was committed by his parents to insane asylums, suffered the brutality of electric shock therapy, flirted with suicide, dove into drugs, tried several varieties of sex, met the devil, spent time in prison, helped revolutionize Brazilian rock with musician Raul Seixas, and finally rediscovered his faith in 1986 as he walked the pilgrim's road to Santiago de Compostela.

"It's always a bit disconcerting when a biography of a well-known figure appears during his lifetime. It seems to leave so much hanging in the balance—so many blank pages waiting expectantly to be filled. Internationally acclaimed author Paulo Coelho (The Alchemist, 1993) is only 63 years old, yet the incredible story of his life and his incandescent work could already fill several volumes. Committed to a mental institution at the age of 17 by parents who could not grasp the enormity of his talent or understand his unconventional approach to life, he spent decades rushing headlong down many less-traveled roads, zealously steeping himself in a variety of often bizarre lifestyles before experiencing a life-altering reconversion to the Christian faith in his middle years. After reading this biography, it is easy to understand how and why these youthful experiences and his subsequent spiritual reawakening inform his fiction with the mystical depth that is his literary trademark. Readers will definitely want to see how his unfolding story continues to play out."—Booklist

 
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