The Alchemist is an allegorical novel that traces the journey of a young Andalusian shepherd, Santiago, to Egypt to find a treasure and ultimately to his enlightenment.
Santiago’s journey begins after having recurring dreams of a child coaxing him to look for treasure hidden beneath the great pyramids of Egypt. In this journey, he meets certain people who persuade him to seek the truths hidden in his heart and realize the depth of desires hidden at the core of his own heart. During the eventful journey, he comes across Melchizedek, the king of Salem, who teaches Santiago the concept of a ‘Personal Legend’. Next, he comes across a beautiful young woman and an alchemist. The alchemist accompanies him in this expedition and enlightens him with knowledge and wisdom.
Although bit frustrated about why the treasure evades him every time, as the book progresses, the readers find Santiago realizes that his was a journey of self-discovery, attainment of profound knowledge and wisdom and about creating his own ‘personal legend’ than being satiated in materialistic possessions. In other words, it is a book about finding one’s own destiny against all odds and Coelho, with his profound power of words and lyrical writing, gives an ideal treatment to this theme.
Published in the year 1988, The Alchemist has been translated in more than 56 international languages with over 65 million copies sold worldwide. It has even set a Guinness World Record for being the most translated book by a living author. The number of people all over the world who have read this book is steadily on the rise, for the author has done a good job of scripting a story that grips the reader for hours at a stretch.
About The Author
Born on August 24, 1947, Paulo Coelho is a Brazilian lyricist and novelist who has gained worldwide fame with his book, The Alchemist, which has been translated into more than 80 languages. He has been recognised as the all-time bestselling Portuguese author and has been the recipient of innumerable awards. He has managed to sell more than 200 million copies of his books and left a worldwide impact with his works.