Paulo Coelho has arrived in Prague, he does not want to talk about literature. He has not yet found a mysterious street painter
The famous Brazilian author Paulo Coelho, who arrived in Prague on Thursday, is on a private visit to the metropolis. Immediately upon arrival, Coelho visited the Church of Our Lady Victorious, where he worshiped the Infant Jesus of Prague. During his current visit to the metropolis, Coelho wanted to meet a street painter, from where he bought a picture on his first visit to Prague. He planned to invite him to the Saturday celebration of St. Josef, but he has not yet been found.
Prague – Famous Brazilian author Paulo Coelhowho arrived in Pragueis in the metropolis on a private visit. Although he sold one million copies of his books in the Czech Republic, 200,000 of which were Alchemists, they did not want to talk about literature at Friday’s press conference.
“I’m not here because of the books,” added the writer, who was accompanied at the press conference by several dozen of his friends and his wife, artist Christina Oiticica.
The writer’s friends arrived in Prague for Saturday’s celebration of the feast of St. Josef, which he organizes every year in another magical place around the world. “I was born almost dead, suffocated by the umbilical cord I had wrapped around my neck. It was at St. Joseph’s Hospital, and my mother promised that if I came to life, St. Joseph would be my patron,” Coelho said.
The writer was born on August 24, 1947 in Rio de Janeiro. St. Joseph is, among other things, the patron saint of fraternities and religious societies, craftsmen, travelers and the dying.
Coelho is looking for a street painter in Prague
Immediately upon arrival, Coelho visited the Church of Our Lady Victorious, where he worshiped the Infant Jesus of Prague. The world – famous statuette of the Baby Jesus also has red dresses embroidered with gold thread in its wardrobe, which the famous author dedicated to him in 2005 as a token of gratitude.
The popular author recalled his first stay in Prague, when in 1982 he visited the Baby Jesus in the church in Karmelitská Street in Malá Strana and begged him to be a famous writer. “My wife and I decided to travel around the world without a plan at that time. One day we anchored in Prague with the then popular book guide in Europe for five dollars a day,” said Coelho.
One of the five best-selling authors in the world, who sold over 100 million books, wanted to meet a street painter on his next visit to the metropolis, from whom he bought a picture on his first visit to Prague. He planned to invite him to a party on Saturday, but had not yet been found. “I don’t remember how much I paid for the picture, but it wasn’t too expensive,” he said.
The world-famous author did not avoid the question of literature when he had to respond to the question of whether he believes what he writes and what he criticizes, that he steals old legends and myths in his stories.
“Of course I believe what I’m writing,” he said, noting that the issue of “theft” revealed that literature revolved around several basic topics. According to him, these include, for example, love, a love story and a power struggle.
Saturday celebration of St. Josef, which Coelho and his friends are organizing for the thirtieth time, is performed at Prague Castle. They hide the details of his writer’s private visit.