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Today’s Question by Aart Hilal

Author: Paulo Coelho

How would you describe the emptiness within modern people that you fulfill with your books?

First of all, I don’t think my books fill other people’s emptiness. This would suggest that I’m giving people answers about their lives and this couldn’t be more removed from the aim of my books.

It’s the opposite actually. When I embark in a new book, I’m always guided by a question, it is my Santiago somehow. I never pretend though to have exhausted all the possibilities by the end of my books. I always have this feeling of having traced a path, my own, in an uncharted terrain. For instance, in my new book”The Winner is Alone” that will be released in Brazil in August and in Sweden next year, I was intrigued by the world of fashion. The book somehow enabled me to dive into this universe – yet this doesn’t mean I’ve explored all the facets of fashion. It’s only my view at the end of the day.

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