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Paulo Coelho ( Portuguese: [ˈpawlu kuˈeʎu] ; born August 24, 1947) is a Brazilian lyricist and novelist. He has become one of the most widely read authors in the world today. He is the recipient of numerous prestigious international awards, amongst them the Crystal Award by the World Economic Forum and France's Légion d'honneur. [ edit ] Biography Paulo Coelho was born in Rio de Janeiro , Brazil [ 1 ] and attended a Jesuit school.