Yesterday’s question on the Paulo Coelho Blog :

Paulo CoelhoAart Hilal : Would you tell us more about the origin of your most celebrated novel, a masterful recounting of the biblical story, The Alchemist?

Paulo Coelho : It is not a biblical story, it is based on the Arabian Nights. I was trying to understand myself, and the only way you can do that is by using a methapor. I start writing it to see my our path, and it turned out to be that it was everybody’s path.

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