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Invading Spaces: the Warrior Way

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The Magician Paulo Coelho


Paulo Coelho rarely needs an introduction, one merely says ‘The Alchemist’ and it is clear who we are talking about. The Master, the Magician, the Wizard, who paints the most vivid pictures with his words, a man who had the courage and persistence to stay true to his dreams and follow them despite all obstacles confronted on his path. He lives his life to the fullest extent. That which is even more honorable is his endeavor to share with us all he learned on his path, his mind, his soul and his love. Read and adored worldwide, he is an International Bestselling author who has been on the best selling lists internationally, for a little over 20 years.


He has quite a few profound accomplishments under his belt. Namely; A United Nations Messenger of Peace, Ambassador to the European Union for Intercultural Dialogue, a member of the Brazilian Academy of Letters (Academia Brasileira de Letras), the highest honor for a Brazilian author, Knight of Arts and Letters of France (Ordre des Arts et des Lettres), French Legion of Honor (Ordre National de la Légion D'honneur), a UNESCO Special Advisor for “Intercultural Dialogues and Spiritual Convergences,” Member of the Board of the Shimon Peres Institute for Peace, Board Member of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, and Member of the Board Doha Center of Media Freedom.


He has broken the record and entered the Guinness Book of Records twice, both with the ‘The Alchemist,’ once for being the most translated book in the world (into 67 languages), and as the Author who signed the most different editions of one book (The Alchemist) in one sitting in just 45 minutes (at the Frankfurt Book Fair). As well, he has been awarded well over 30 other Awards Internationally. His books have become part of the reading curriculum in schools throughout Europe and Brazil. Last but not least, along with his wife Christina Oiticica, he founded and is exclusively funding The Paulo Coelho Institute, a non-profit Institute which provides aid and opportunities to underprivileged members of Brazil, so far 430 children and the elderly.


Besides The Alchemist some of his other beloved titles include, The Pilgrimage (1987), Brida (1990), The Valkyries (1992), By The River Piedra I sat Down And Wept (1994) , The Fifth Mountain (1996), The Manual of the Warrior of Light (1997), Veronica Decides to Die (1988, film soon to be released starring Sarah Michelle Geller), The Devil and Miss Prym (2000), 11Minutes (2003, film currently in production), The Zahir (2005), The Witch of Portobello (2006), and his new book released this year, The Winner Stands Alone, taking place in the prestigious Cannes Film Festival over a 24 hour period.


100 million copies of his books have been sold worldwide, translated into 67 languages and published in more than 150 countries. In 2003, he was the highest selling author in the World, with his novel 11 Minutes.


Mr. Coelho’s biography has been written by Fernando Morais, El Mago (The Wizard), releasing around the end of 2009 in the US. He has a wide presence on the internet as well, interacting with his readers on a daily basis on his blogs on Facebook, Myspace, Youtube, Picasa as well on He is also the first Best-selling author to offer Free online distribution of his books on the site Pirate Coelho. In his blog, you will also find the first twelve chapters of The Winner Stands Alone for your enjoyment as well an interactive workshop on discussion on a few of his other titles. Jeff Jarvis, a renowned blogger who is writing a book about Google, said this about Mr. Coelho, “the Googliest author I know”.


Paulo Coelho is the first author who’s had one of his books, The Witch of Portobello, made into a film - by his readers. And at this time, I would like to take the opportunity to express my extreme joy and gratitude on being one of the winners of the ‘Experimental Witch’ project. I too got to where I am by following the signs and my dreams. The Witch of Portobello film is World Premiering at the International Rome Film Festival in Rome, Italy in October 2009. I am ever grateful and I thank you Paulo, from the bottom of my heart for providing such an opportunity for us dreamers. Thank you!


I would like to close with the following paragraph from The Alchemist.

“My heart is afraid that it will have to suffer,” the boy confides to the alchemist one night as they look up at a moonless night. “Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself,” the alchemist replies. “And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams because every second of the search is a second’s encounter with God and with eternity.”



Carolena Sabah welcomes any comments or questions.