Today’s question by the reader : Gerald

What has inspired you to write The Winner Stands Alone?

In this book I wanted to explore how dreams can be manipulated and how people get shattered in the process. I’m not condemning vanity – since all under the sun is vanity as Salomon said. What I am interested in is in how people allow themselves to be dispossessed of themselves.
In our current society there are collective standards that are completely anonymous and yet many try to subscribe to them. Some people believe their happiness is conditioned by money, fame, beauty… How does that happen? This book arose from this central question.


  1. Dear Paulo,

    I’m reading the Winner stands alone and I’m loving it. The book reflects how we forget who we are when reaching the top and the prize we have to pay for it.


  2. Betsy says:

    When growing up, my mother always said:

    Betsy, remember, it’s lonely at the top.

  3. Catherine says:

    It is everything that tempts us and leads us to think that it will give us the control and authority of personhood that we desire… only it does the reverse: undermines.