Paulo Coelho

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Today’s Question by Aart Hilal

Author: Paulo Coelho

The Alchemist became a world wide phenomenon. What did inspire you to write this novel and did you expect to have such a tremendous success?

When I wrote this novel, I was trying to understand my own journey, and the only way that I had to do it, it was through a metaphor. As for the success, I still have no idea, and I don’t think too much about it. I only enjoy the fact that I am not alone, because the readers identify their journey with the journey in the book, and that means that we share the same challenges.

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