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The Alchemist

Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist has touched the lives of millions of people. In this spectacular first Folio Society edition, Jesús Cisneros’s stunning illustrations work in perfect harmony with the narrative.
No heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams.

Such is the intoxicating power of this metaphorical tale that it has been translated into 81 languages; its powerful exploration of spirituality and its life-affirming message touching humanity on an elemental level. Santiago’s epic journey from Spain to the Egyptian desert is fraught with challenges and populated by a fascinating collection of characters – not all sympathetic or savoury. Ultimately, the young man must follow his heart to realise his dreams and it is this universal theme – portrayed as a simple fable – that has deeply affected people across the world, sweeping aside boundaries of language, culture and creed.

The boy and his heart had become friends, and neither was capable now of betraying the other.
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The Alchemist