Press Release: The Alchemist
With an afterword and note by the author
Illustrated by Jesús Cisneros
‘I love The Alchemist’
Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist has touched the lives of millions of people. Such is the intoxicating power of this metaphorical tale that it has been translated into 80 languages; its powerful exploration of spirituality and its life-affirming message touch 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. 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.
Like millions before him, award-winning illustrator Jesús Cisneros became transfixed by the tale of an Andalusian shepherd boy who travels in search of worldly treasures. Commissioned to create eight illustrations, Cisneros continued working, finally submitting 22 beautiful abstract drawings and 14 black and white sketches. His ethereal style so perfectly visualises the themes and dream-like narrative that we have included all his illustrations, making this one of our most lavishly illustrated editions to date.
Paulo Coelho personally endorsed the illustrations and Cisneros’s interpretations of the text. The binding and slipcase designs are exquisite –pared back in colour and complexity, the simple line-drawings recall nature and the passing of time. Coelho’s afterword is a wonderful addendum to the text, as is the Author’s Note which charts the unprecedented success of his book.
‘A beautiful book about magic, dreams, and the treasures we seek elsewhere and then find on our doorstep’
Bound in blocked cloth. Set in Adriane Text. 176 pages. 22 colour and 14 black & white illustrations. Printed endpapers. Blocked slipcase. 11˝ x 7¼˝
UK £49.95 US $76.95 Can $98.95 Aus $112.00
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