The Life And Works Of Paulo Coelho

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Paulo Coelho - is a Brazilian lyricist and novelist. He was born in August 1947. He published a total of sixteen books - novels, annotated anthologies, collections of short stories-parables. (Paulo) When Paulo was seven years, he entered the Jesuit school of San Ignacio in Rio de Janeiro. ("Paulo Coelho") Soon he started to hate compulsory religious rituals, however, in spite of his aversion to the prayers and masses, he received at this school and lessons learned. It is there, Paulo discovered his true calling: to be a writer. (Alef) His first literary award was handed to him in a school poetry contest, and his sister Sonia recalls how she received the prize for his work, which is found in the trash. ("Today") However, to his parents their son’s future was seen differently. (Paulo) They wanted him to become an engineer, and tried to restrain his desire to prove himself in the literary field. Inflexibility of the parents piqued Paulo spirit of contradiction, and he began to violate accepted rules of behavior in the family. (Paulo) His father found his antics as the signs of mental illness. At age seventeen Paulo twice placed in a psychiatric hospital, where several times subjected to electroshock therapy. (Paulo) Thereafter Paulo briefly became involved with the actors of one troupe and began working as a journalist. (Paulo) Little-later, before dedicating his life completely to literature, he joined the movement of amateur theater, that time he was working as a theatre director and actor at the same time. (Paulo) In the eyes of the inhabitants of the time, the theater was a hotbed of immorality and promiscuity. Frightened parents broke their promise not to touch him more, then a third time sent his son to the hospital. Coming out of it, Paulo withdrew into himself and focused on their experiences. In desperation, the parents turned to another doctor, and he told them, that Paulo is not crazy and that it should not be kept in a psychiatric hospital. He just needs to learn to live in this world. (Paulo) Thirty years after these events, Paulo Coelho wrote the book " Veronika Decides to Die "(Paulo). In 1970 Paulo began to travel to Mexico, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Europe and North Africa and after two years, he returned back to Brazil and began composing poetry for songs, which became very popular, working with well-known Brazilian artist such as Raul Seixas. ("Paulo Coelho") Nowadays, he has become one of the most widely read authors. ("Paulo Coelho") He received the highest reviews and international awards, and in 1996 the French Minister of Culture awarded him the title of Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters. According to a list published by the magazine "Lear" in 1998 Paulo Coelho was the second among the most widely read authors in the world. (MAHATMA) Many of his books were banned in Iran, as Coelho said in his official blog, with the confiscation of 1000 copies, later still committed to print. (MAHATMA) His works are included in the...

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