Today is the birthday of Paulo Coelho. He was born on August 24, 1947 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. A lyricist and novelist, Coelho is best known for writing The Alchemist .
The Alchemist is the story of a Spanish shepherd boy who sets out on a journey to Egypt after dreaming of finding treasure. His quest for worldly success leads him to self-discovery and spiritual enlightenment as he learns important lessons from the people he encounters during his travels. The story of The Alchemist is almost universally understood as a metaphor for life. An extremely popular book because of its charm and simplicity, its sales have topped over 65 million copies in more than 150 countries. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, The Alchemist has been translated into more languages (67) than any other book by a living author.