By Paulo Coelho
From the writer of The Alchemist, a distinct and edifying literary trip encouraged by way of the 4 components.
one of many world's best-loved storytellers, Paulo Coelho has introduced pleasure and knowledge to thousands. In Inspirations, his association of his own favourite literary classics is as selective as a bouquet of plants, a present to his readers. This compendium of works will turns into a perennial present and excellent significant other to Coelho's personal bestselling vintage, The Alchemist.
Coelho's thought attracts from each one paintings' affinity to the 4 components.
Earth contains Oscar Wilde and D.H. Lawrence
Air contains Nelson Mandela and Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Fire contains Rumi and Mary Shelley
Water contains Hans Christian Andersen and Niccolo Machiavelli
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