The Alchemist is a novel by Paulo Coelho that was first published in 1988. Read key facts, a plot summary, and important quotes.


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See a complete list of the characters in The Alchemist and in-depth analyses of Santiago, The Alchemist, The Crystal Merchant, Melchizedek, The Englishman, and Fatima.

Literary Devices

Here's where you'll find analysis of the literary devices in The Alchemist, from the major themes to motifs, symbols, and more.


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Quick Quizzes

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Further Study

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