El alquimista: Edición ilustrada (The Illustrated Alchemist)

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Exuberante, evocativo y profundamente humano, El Alquimista es un eterno testamento al poder transformador de nuestros sueños y a la importancia de escuchar a nuestros corazones.

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Exuberante, evocativo y profundamente humano, El Alquimista es un eterno testamento al poder transformador de nuestros sueños y a la importancia de escuchar a nuestros corazones.

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Editorial Reviews

M. Scott Peck
“A wise and inspiring fable about the pilgrimage that life should be.”
Rudolfo Anaya
“An adventure story full of magic and wisdom.”
Joseph Girzone
“A beautiful story with a pointed message for every reader.”
Gerald G. Jampolsky
“A most tender and gentle story. It is a rare gem of a book.”
Spencer Johnson
“An entrepreneurial tale of universal wisdom we can apply to the business of our own lives.”
Anthony Robbins
“A remarkable tale about the most magical of all journeys: the quest to fulfill one’s destiny.”
New York Times
“[This] Brazilian wizard makes books disappear from stores.”
London Times
“[His] books have had a life-enchanting effect on millions of people.”
San Francisco Chronicle
“A magical little volume.”
Indianapolis Star
“A touching, inspiring fable.”
Austin American-Statesman
“As memorable and meaningful as Saint-Exupery’s The Little Prince.”
New York Times
“[This] Brazilian wizard makes books disappear from stores.”
London Times
“[His] books have had a life-enchanting effect on millions of people.”
San Francisco Chronicle
“A magical little volume.”
Indianapolis Star
“A touching, inspiring fable.”
Austin American-Statesman
“As memorable and meaningful as Saint-Exupery’s The Little Prince.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061351341
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/10/2007
  • Language: Spanish
  • Edition description: Illustrated Spanish-language Edition
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 428,997
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Meet the Author

Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho, born in Rio de Janeiro in 1947, is one of the bestselling and most influential authors in the world. The Alchemist, The Pilgrimage, The Valkyries,Brida, Veronika Decides to Die, Eleven Minutes, The Zahir, The Witch of Portobello, and The Winner Stands Alone, among others, have sold 115 million copies in more than 160 countries.

Paulo Coelho nació en Brasil en 1947 y es uno de los autores con más influencia de hoy día. Conocido mundialmente por el bestseller internacional El Alquimista, Coelho ha vendido más de 100 millones de libros en todo el mundo, los cuales han sido traducidos a 68 idiomas y publicados en 150 países. Paulo Coelho escribe una columna semanal que se publica en los periódicos más importantes del mundo.


His books have been translated into 56 languages, topped bestseller lists throughout the world, and scored him such celebrity fans as Julia Roberts, Bill Clinton, and Madonna; yet for Brazilian publishing phenom Paulo Colho, the road to success has been strewn with a number of obstacles, many of them rooted in his troubled past.

As a youth, Coelho was expected to follow in the footsteps of his father, a professional engineer. When he rebelled, expressing his intentions to become a writer, his parents had him committed to a psychiatric hospital where he was subjected to electro-shock therapy. He left home to join the 1970s countercultural revolution, experimenting with drugs, dabbling in black magic, and getting involved in Brazil's bohemian art and music scene. He teamed with rock musician Raul Seixas for an extremely successful songwriting partnership that changed the face of Brazilian pop -- and put a lot of money in Coelho's pockets. He also joined an anti-capitalist organization called the Alternative Society which attracted the attention of Brazil's military dictatorship. Marked down as a subversive, he was imprisoned and tortured.

Amazingly, Coelho survived these horrific experiences. He left the hippie lifestyle behind, went to work in the record industry, and began to write, but without much success. Then, in the mid-1980s, during a trip to Europe, he met a man, an unnamed mentor he refers to only as "J," who inducted him into Regnum Agnus Mundi, a secret society that blends Catholicism with a sort of New Age mysticism. At J's urging, Coelho journeyed across el Camino de Santiago, the legendary Spanish road traversed by pilgrims since the Middle Ages. He chronicled this life-changing, 500-mile journey -- the culmination of decades of soul-searching -- in The Pilgrimage, published in 1987.

The following year, Coelho wrote The Alchemist, the inspirational fable for which he is best known. The first edition sold so poorly the publisher decided not to reprint it. Undaunted, Coelho moved to a larger publishing house that seemed more interested in his work. When his third novel (1990's Brida) proved successful, the resulting media buzz carried The Alchemist all the way to the top of the charts. Released in the U.S. by HarperCollins in 1993, The Alchemist became a word-of-mouth sensation, turning Coelho into a cult hero.

Since then, he has gone on to create his own distinct literary brand -- an amalgam of allegory and self-help filled with spiritual themes and symbols. In his novels, memoirs, and aphoristic nonfiction, he returns time and again to the concepts of quest and transformation and has often said that writing has helped connect him to his soul. While his books have not always been reviewed favorably and have often become the subject of strong cultural and philosophical debate, there is no doubt that this self-described "pilgrim writer" has struck a chord in readers everywhere. In the 2009 edition of the Guiness Book of World Records, Coelho was named the most translated living author -- with William Shakespeare the most translated of all time!

Good To Know

Few writers are able to accomplish what Coelho can in just two to four weeks -- which is how long it takes for him to write an entire novel.

Before become a bestselling novelist, Coelho was a writer of a different sort. He co-wrote more than 60 songs with Brazilian musician Raul Seixas.

Coelho is the founder of the Paulo Coelho Institute, a non-profit organization funded by his royalties that raises money for underprivileged children and the elderly in his homeland of Brazil.

In our interview with Coelho, he shared some fascinating facts about himself:

"I have been practicing archery for a long time; a bow and arrow helps me to unwind."

"In writing, I apply my feminine side and respect the mystery involved in creation."

"I love almost everything about my work, except conferences. I am too shy in front of an audience. But I love signings and having eye contact with a reader who already knows my soul."

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    1. Hometown:
      Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    1. Date of Birth:
      August 24, 1947
    2. Place of Birth:
      Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    1. Education:
      Left law school in second year
    2. Website:

Read an Excerpt

El Alquimista
By Paulo Coelho Rayo

Copyright © 2007 Paulo Coelho
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780061351341

Capítulo Uno

El muchacho se llamaba Santiago. Empezaba a oscurecer, cuando llegó con su rebaño ante una vieja iglesia abandonada. El techo se había hundido hacía mucho tiempo y un enorme sicomoro había crecido en el lugar que antes albergaba la sacristía.

Resolvió pasar allí la noche. Hizo que todas las ovejas entrasen por la puerta en ruinas y luego colocó unos maderas de modo que no pudiesen huir durante la noche. No había lobos en aquella región, pero una vez se escapó uno de aquellos animales durante la noche y el pastor se pasó todo el día siguiente buscando, la oveja descarriada.

Extendió su chaqueta sobre el suelo, y acostóse en é1, usando como almohada el libro que acababa de leer. Antes de dormirse, recordó que le hacía falta leer libros más gruesos: se tardaba más en leerlos, y por la noche resultaban más cómodos corno almohada. Todavía estaba oscuro cuando despertó. Miró hacia arriba y vio que las estrellas brillaban a través del techo semiderruido. Quisiera dormir un poco más, pensó. Había tenido el mismo sueño de la, semana pasada y de nuevo despertó antes de llegar al final.

Se levantó y tomó un sorbo de vino. Después cogió el cayado yempezó a despertar a las ovejas que todavía dormían. Se había fijado en que cuando despertaba, también empezaban a despertar la mayor parte de los animales. Como si hubiese alguna misteriosa energía que uniese su vida a la vida de las ovejas que desde hacía dos años recorrían con é1 la tierra en busca de agua y alimento. Ya se han acostumbrado tanto a mí, dijo en voz baja, que conocen mis horarios. Reflexionó un momento y pensó que tambié:n podía ser cierto lo contrario: que se hubiese acostumbrado é1 a los horarios de las ovejas.

Sin embargo, había a1gunas ovejas que tardaban más en levantarse. El muchacho fue despertándolas una tras otra con el cayado, llamando a cada una por su nombre. Siempre creyó que las ovejas eran capaces de entender lo que les decía. Por esto solía leer para ellas los pasajes de libros que le habían impresionado o hablarles de la soledad y de la alegría de un pastor en el campo, o comentarles las últimas novedades que veía en las ciudades por donde solía pasar.

No obstante, en los ú1timos dos días, el asunto que le preocupaba había sido solamente uno: una muchacha, hija de un comerciante que habitaba en la ciudad adonde iba é1 a llegar dentro de cuatro días. Só1o había estado allí una vez, el año anterior. El comerciante era dueño de una tienda de tejidos y le gustaba siempre ver trasquilar las ovejas en su presencia para evitar falsificaciones. Un amigo suyo le había indicado la tienda y el pastor llevó allá: sus ovejas. Necesito vender algo de lana -dijo el. pastor al comerciante. La tienda del hombre estaba llena, y el comerciante rogó al pastor que esperase hasta el. atardecer. El muchacho se sentó en el pavimento de la tienda, y sacó un libro, de la alforja. No sabía que los pastores fuerais capaces de leer libros -dijo una voz femenina a su lado. Era una moza típica de la región de Andalucía, con su negra cabellera, y los ojos que recordaban vagamente los antiguos conquistadores moros.

-Es porque las ovejas enseñan más que los libros -respondió el muchacho. Estuvieron conversando más de dos horas. Ella le contó que era hija del comerciante, y hab1ó de la vida en la aldea, donde cada día era igual que el otro. El pastor hab1ó de los campos de Andalucía, de las últimas novedades que vio en las ciudades que había visitado. Estaba contento de no tener que conversar siempre con las ovejas. ¿Cómo aprendiste a leer? -preguntó la muchacha en cierto momento. Como todas las demás personas -respondió el muchacho-. En la escuela.


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All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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