Paulo Coelho

Stories & Reflections

Today’s Question by Aart Hilal

Author: Paulo Coelho

Where did you get the idea of Veronika decides to die? You seem to know everything about the female depression and woman’s soul. How did you manage it?

In Veronika decides to die, I stress the fact that trying to find models to life is a step towards destruction. For example, there is a masturbation scene in Veronika that she opens herself to her fantasies, and then she thinks she is sick. Why? Because people are always trying to find the ideal portrait of a man or a woman. We are different, and this is the magic and mystery of life.

Subscribe to Blog

Join 16.9K other subscribers

Stories & Reflections


Paulo Coelho Foundation

Gifts, keepsakes and other souvenirs