What We're Reading: New Edition of Coelho's "The Alchemist"

The classic allegory has been reinvigorated with vivid illustrations.

The Alchemist Book Cover
(Image credit: Courtesy of Harper Collins)

You read it, you loved it, and you probably put it on the shelf and haven't picked it up in years. Well, HarperCollins has a new reason to revisit The Alchemist, originally published in 1988: They've turned it into a graphic novel!



The Alchemist: A Graphic Novel


Author: Paulo Coelho, Brazilian author of 26 books -- fun fact: He's the best-selling Portuguese language author of all time!

Genre: Illustrated version of a classic allegorical novel

What Happens: A young Spanish shepherd travels across the Egyptian desert to seek an extravagant treasure, and on the way he encounters a king, a Gypsy woman, and an alchemist, all of whom help point him toward the treasure and, of course, teach him a few life lessons as well. (It is an allegory, after all...)

Why Read It (Again!): The bright, vivid, sometimes even sexy (is that weird to say?) illustrations bring new life to the classic story and remind us why it's one of the best-selling books of all time.

Details: HarperOne, $22.99, November 23 (opens in new tab)

Anna Maltby is an award-winning journalist and editor and was most recently the executive editor of Elemental, Medium’s in-house health and wellness publication. She was previously the deputy editor at Real Simple magazine and a deputy editor at Refinery29, and also held staff positions at Men’s Health, Marie Claire, SELF, Fit Pregnancy, Natural Health and Condé Nast Traveler. Her writing has appeared in such outlets as The Wall Street Journal, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, O, Family Circle, Fitness, Redbook, Vogue.com, TeenVogue.com, MensJournal.com, CondeNastTraveler.com, FastCompany.com_ _and Brides.com. She received her BSJ and MSJ from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. Anna is also an American Council on Exercise–certified personal trainer and functional training specialist, a certified prenatal and postnatal exercise specialist, and a certified mat Pilates teacher. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, two children, and two tuxedo cats.