Paulo Coelho  Order of Rio Branco, Brazilian Paulo Coelho - one of the most outstanding writers in the world.
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. Since 1988, since the release of the famous "The Alchemist", his novels have been translated into 56 languages, includes in the category of worship and to date has sold more than thirty-seven million books in 140 countries around the world.
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. Paulo Coelho was born in Rio de Janeiro in 1947 in the family engineering
. From childhood he dreamed of becoming a writer. But in the 60 years in Brazil, the art was banned by the military dictatorship. While the word "artist" was synonymous with the word "homosexual", "communist", "addict" and "bum."
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. Worrying about the future of her son and trying to shield him from prosecution authorities, parents send 17 year-old Paulo in a psychiatric hospital
. After leaving the hospital, Coelho became a hippie. He reads everything indiscriminately - from Marx and Lenin to the "Bhagavad-gita. Then, founds an underground magazine "2001", which discusses issues of spirituality, the Apocalypse. Moreover Paulo wrote the texts of the anarchist song. Rock star Raul Seixas, Brazilian, Jim Morrison, has made them so popular that Coelho overnight become rich and famous. He continues to look for yourself: he works as a journalist in a newspaper is trying to implement the theatrical directing and dramaturgy.

But soon the subjects of his poems attracted the attention of the authorities. Coelho is accused of subversive anti-government activities, for which three have been arrested and tortured.

After leaving prison, Coelho decided it was time to settle down and become a normal person. He stops writing and making a career in CBS Records. But one day he fired without explanation.

And then he decides to go traveling. Chance Meeting in Amsterdam, brings him to a Catholic Order of RAM, created in 1492 by Mr.. Here Paulo learned to understand the language of signs and portents come our way. According to the ritual of the way, the Order sends it to the pilgrimages to Santiago de Compostella. Overcoming 80 kilometers from the legendary trail of pilgrims, Coelho described this journey in his first book "The Pilgrimage, published in 1987. Soon this was followed by a second - "The Alchemist", which brought the author international fame.

The published works of Paulo Coelho:

- "Pilgrimage", 1987
- "The Alchemist", 1988, rus.per. 1998
- "Brida", 1990
- "Present", 1991
- "Valkyrie", 1992
- "Maktub", 1994
- "By the River Piedra I sat and cried:", 1994
- "The Fifth Mountain", 1996, rus.per. 2001
- "The Book of the Warrior of Light", 1997, rus.per. 2001
- "The Devil and Miss Prym", 2000, rus.per. 2002
. - "Fathers, sons and grandfathers"

. Paulo Coelho was awarded many prestigious awards:

. "Prix Lectrices d'Elle" (France '95)
. "Knight of Arts and Letters" (France '96)
. "Flaiano International Award" (Italy '96)
. "Super Grinzane Cavour Book Award" (Italy '96)
. "Golden Book" (Yugoslavia '95, '96, '97, '98, '99 and 2000)
. "Finalist for the" International IMPAC Literary Award "(Ireland, '97 and 2000)
. "Comendador de Ordem do Rio Branco" (Brazil '98)
. "Crystal Award" by the World Economic Forum ('99)
. "Golden Medal of Galicia" (Spain, '99)
. "Chevalier de L'Ordre national de la Legion d'honneur" (France '99)
. "Crystal Mirror Award" (Poland, 2000)
. "Dialog of Cultures" awarded by the "Club of Budapest" (Germany, 2001)
. "XXIII Premio Internazionale Fregene" (Italy, 2001)
. "Bambi 2001 Award" (Germany, 2001)

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