Coelho was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where he attended law school, but in 1970 abandoned his studies to travel throughout Mexico, Peru, Bolivia, and Chile, as well as Europe and North Africa. Coelho wrote song lyrics for many famous performers in Brazilian music, such as Elis Regina and Rita Lee. Yet his most well known work has been done with Raul Seixas. Together they wrote such successes as Eu nasci há dez mil anos atrás (I was born ten thousand years ago), Gita and Al Capone, amongst 60 other songs. Seixas teach Coelho the magic of comunication: a complex mensage don´t need to be at a hard way of understanding, the way must be the most simple possible and the mensage the most harder possible. Like Seixas sings: "Two hands togehter at the same pray" ( Coisas do coração )or "the beauty of simple" Coelho published The Alchemist, which is based on Jorge Luis Borges' Tale of Two Dreamers, which in turn was based on a tale from The Book of One Thousand and One Nights. Slow initial sales convinced his first publisher to drop the novel, but it went on to become one of the best-selling Brazilian books of all time. It has sold more than 41 million copies worldwide and has been translated into some 57 languages. It is also a movie-in-progress produced by Laurence Fishburne, who is a fan of Coelho.
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