The Alchemist (novel)

1988 novel by Paulo Coelho

The Alchemist (Portuguese: O Alquimista) is a novel by Brazilian author Paulo Coelho that was first published in 1988. It was originally written in Portuguese. It became a widely translated international bestseller.[1][2] It is about a young Andalusian shepherd in his journey to the pyramids of Egypt, after having a recurring dream of finding a treasure there.


  1. "Paulo Coelho in WorldCat database". WorldCat. Retrieved 20 December 2016.
  2. "The Alchemist > Editions". Goodreads. Retrieved 20 December 2016.