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Today’s Question by Aart Hilal

Author: Paulo Coelho

Why did you choose a subject like magic and witchcraft first in Witch of Portobello and now in Brida? Do you believe in things like magic and witchcraft?

Of course I do. Unfortunately the word “witch” has still many prejudices. To me, a witch is a woman that is capable of letting her intuition take hold of her actions, that communes with her environment, that isn’t afraid of facing challenges. In Brida I dive into the life of a woman that has this awareness and insatiable desire for more knowledge, more understanding of her place in this world. In The Witch of Portobello I decided to focus more on the prejudice that modern witches face in modern society.

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