One of the authors most widely read in the world today, Paulo Coelho was born in Brazil, on August 24th, 1947.

Coelho's novels are known to combine religious elements with an atmosphere of mysticism. A common underlying theme is the silent devotion to one's goal and the attainment of dreams.

Critically acclaimed, his books have been translated in 38 languages and sold over 20 million copies worldwide.

!Novels written by Paulo Coelho:

* ''Hell Archives'' (1982)
* ''Practical Manual of Vampirism'' (1986)
* ''The Pilgrimage'' (1988)
* ''Literature/TheAlchemist'' (1988)
* ''Brida'' (1990)
* ''The Greatest Gift'' (1991)
* ''The Valkyries'' (1992)
* ''Maktub'' (1994)
* ''By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept'' (1994)
* ''The Fifth Mountain'' (1996)
* ''Love Letters from a Prophet'' (1997)
* ''The Manual of the Warrior of Light'' (1997)
* ''Veronika Decides to Die'' (1998)
* ''Essential Words'' (1998)
* ''The Devil and Miss Prym'' (2000)
* ''Fathers, Sons and Grandsons'' (2001)
* ''Eleven Minutes'' (2003)
* ''The Genie and the Roses'' (2004)
* ''Journeys'' (2004)
* ''The Zahir'' (2005)
* ''Revived Paths'' (2005)
* ''Like the Flowing River'' (2006)
* ''The Witch of Portobello'' (2006)
* ''The Winner Stands Alone'' (2008)
* ''Aleph'' (2010)

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