VERONIKA DECIDES TO DIE


Twenty-four years-old Veronika seems to have everything –youth and beauty, boyfriends and a loving family, a fulfilling job. But something is missing in her life. So, one cold November morning, she takes a handful of sleeping pills expecting never to wake up. But she does – at a mental hospital where she is told that she has only days to live.

Inspired by events in Coelho’s own life, Veronika decide to Die questions the meaning of madness and celebrates individuals who do not fit into patterns society considers to be normal. Bold and illuminating, it is a dazzling portrait of a young woman at the crossroads of despair and liberation, and a poetic, exuberant appreciation of each day as a renewed opportunity.

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Reviews

"Excellent on lunacy. Buy the book!"
-- DAGBLADET, NORWAY, APRIL 2013

 

"The most incredible book I've ever read is Veronika Decides to Die by Paulo Coelho."
-- SINÉAD O'CONNOR, THE IRISH SUNDAY INDEPENDENT, MARCH 2001

 

"Perhaps we can recognize this book as his most realistic and meaningful work. Paulo Coelho's Veronika Decides to Die is a novel all doctors should read."
-- DR. AMIN VAZIRIAN DARD, PAIN MAGAZINE, IRAN, NOVEMBER 2000

 

"Girl, Interrupted meets The Catcher in the Rye."
-- MADEMOISELLE, USA, MAY 2001

 

"Veronika Decides to Die is Coelho's most artful work to date [...] The different characters argue sanity and life from varying points of view, pulling the reader into discussion."
-- DENVER POST, USA, MAY 2001

 

"Literally fabulous…. His writing ripples the surfaces of identity, madness, and mysticism,
with a nod to Carlos Castaneda and Borges, and a wink to Camus."
-- THE OBSERVER, UK, SEPTEMBER 2000

 

"Coelho's most mature and meaningful novel."
-- IL CORRIERE DELLA SERA, ITALY, SEPTEMBER 1999

 

"A very deep question about life is to be found in this book."
-- WEEKLY ASAHI, JAPAN, MARCH 2001

 

"Paulo is my favourite author and I love his new book, Veronika Decides To Die."
-- MIHO NAKAYAMA, JAPANESE ACTRESS, MAY 2001

 

"Veronika Decides to Die, the latest novel by the master of parables about the sense of life, is a realistic story – about the zest for life in the face of death."
-- DER SPIEGEL, GERMANY, APRIL 2000

 

"I like Coelho's most recent novel, Veronika Decides to Die. It really touched me deeply."
-- UMBERTO ECO, FOCUS, GERMANY, JANUARY 2000

 

"Takes on the big questions with original settings and style….
The Brazilian writer's novel is uplifting and wise."
-- THE HERALD, UK, SEPTEMBER 1999

 

"A very hard, yet a very warm story about life itself."
-- CHOU CHOU, JAPAN, MARCH 2001

 

"Our normal existence may be perceived as completely absurd and insane. In that respect, Coelho's new novel reminds me of both Camus and Sartre. May be read several times with great benefit."
-- VG, NORWAY, DECEMBER 1999

 

"A compelling read… fascinating. The account of a desperate young woman's search for
the will to live when she is so close to death gives much food for thought."
-- BELFAST NEWSLETTER, IRELAND, OCTOBER 2000

 

"With this life-affirming fable, Coelho entrenches his position as one of the most influential contemporary moralists."
-- STYLE, SOUTH AFRICA, DEC/JAN 2000

 

"Beneath the pretence of fiction, Coelho describes the invisible reality, sometimes disturbing, but always non-conformist. With a direct language and sober writing, he sees fear and deception as the only true evil can fight."
-- PSYCHOLOGIES, FRANCE, MARCH 2000

 

"Coelho writes about madness with a compassion that steers clear of cliché. His style confides rather than preaches, and the effect is one of pensive eavesdropping on the most tender of confessions."
-- ARENA – MAGAZINE FOR MEN, UK, OCTOBER 1999

 

"Veronika Decides to Die is a tribute to life, a story which gives us a renewed opportunity to take each day as a miracle. I recommend it."
-- CECILIA BOLOCCO, CHILE, MAY 1999

 

"Atmosphere and strong characters make Veronika Decides to Die an involving plea for the courage to live - an impressive novel."
-- DER BUND, SWITZERLAND 2000

 

"The global best-seller The Alchemist established Coelho's reputation, and Veronika Decides to Die is sure to reaffirm it. The translation from Portuguese highlights his intensely poetic and spare style; just as Veronika has to live for every moment, so he wastes few words in his narration."
-- TIME OUT MAGAZINE, UK, OCTOBER 1999

 

"Veronika Decides to Die is a praise for the meaning of life."
-- COMPORTAMENTO, PORTUGAL, JULY 1999

 

"Coelho's subject is an endlessly fascinating one."
-- THE TIMES, UK, SEPTEMBER 1999

 

"Discovering a true dimension for being and feeling."
-- GUILANO SORIA, LA STAMPA, ITALY, SEPTEMBER 1999

 

"With Veronika Decides to Die Coelho's legend keeps growing: at the Argentina Book Fair thousands of copies were sold in one single day!"
-- LA PRENSA, ARGENTINA, APRIL 1999

 

"A creation with great balance and a strong emotional impact."
-- IL GAZZETTINO, ITALY, SEPTEMBER 1999

 

"The new book of Coelho is an invitation to reflect closely on our existence."
-- REVISTA ERCILLA, CHILE, MAY 1999

 

"A surprisingly uplifting tale."
-- THE BIG ISSUE, UK, OCTOBER 1999

 

"From Brazil's finest writer [...] a story in which life is affirmed."
-- THE SUNDAY EXPRESS, UK, SEPTEMBER 1999

 

"Veronika Decides to Die is a deeply beautiful and uplifting book, superbly crafted and laced with ironic metaphor. Funny and poignant, it thickly underlines Coelho's reputation as an author who writes for and from the heart, not the head."
-- THE DAILY TELEGRAPH, AUSTRALIA, OCTOBER 1999

 

"Coelho deals with the controversial issue of suicide in the reflective and evocative manner for which he has become internationally recognised."
-- AUSTRALIA, OCTOBER 1999

 

"This book takes a poetic, heartfelt and romantic look at the nature of madness in Coelho's simple, philosophical style."
-- ELLE MAGAZINE, AUSTRALIA, OCTOBER 1999

 

"Yet another bestseller from Coelho. Buy the book!"
-- DAGBLADET, NORWAY, DECEMBER 1999

 

"If we thought that those were too big aspirations for such a small book, Coelho has proved us wrong. From this we can clearly see that the key to the phenomenon of Coelho is knowing how to say the grand truths with simple words."
-- EL PERIÓDICO, SPAIN, MARCH 2000

 

"In his style, clear and simple and at the same time philosophic and transcending, Coelho offers a pile of reflections on our personal dreams, wisdom, the battle between the feminine and masculine aspects of our personality, or a surprising relation between destiny and personal decisions."
-- LA VANGUARDIA, SPAIN, MARCH 2000

 

"Veronika Decides to Die marks the high point in Paulo Coelho's writing career so far.
A great novel about normality and being different in a world increasingly turning mad."
-- NEWS, AUSTRIA, FEBRUARY 2000

 

"His last title Veronika Decides to Die differs from the previous works by the author in a step forward to give the advantage to reality instead of mysticism."
-- ZADARSKI LIST, CROATIA, FEBRUARY 2000

 

"Coelho works out the characters in details, their emotions, thoughts, yearnings and aspirations. With inspiring dialogues he enters our intimacy, showing us that we are actually very similar, that we share the same feelings."
-- GLAS ISTRE, CROATIA, FEBRUARY 2000

 

"The story of Veronika is like a fairy tale and it should be read like a fairy tale. A well-written fairy tale that tries to pass on to the reader an optimistic message and a message of love for life."
-- LITHIA, GREECE, JANUARY 2000

 

"Coelho has once again managed to speak sincerely to his readers because Veronika, as all the heroines of his books could be any one of us."
-- MUSIC LIFE, GREECE, JANUARY 2000

 

"The man who gave the world The Alchemist has now given society a brilliantly crafted examination of "madness" in Veronika Decides to Die."
-- HERALD, SOUTH AFRICA, DECEMBER 1999

 

"Veronika Decides to Die is probably his masterpiece because in this book Coelho talks to himself."
-- L'ESPRESSO, ITALY, SEPTEMBER 1999

 

"As always, Coelho presents pages of true literary flavour, of deep human dimension, from emotional and psychological structure. Once more he surprises the reader with this poem of life, which is in each one of his works. And that is an explanation in itself of why he is one of the most beloved writers of our times."
-- PERIÓDICO EL COLOMBIANO, COLOMBIA, SEPTEMBER 1999

 

"Veronika Decides to Die returns in a very explicit way on the idea of "la légende personnelle". Refusing to live what we are done for, can lead to depression and suicide."
-- L'EXPRESS, FRANCE, APRIL 2000

Extracts

“I don’t know what to do. I only know that it’s taken me years to understand that life was pushing me in a direction I didn’t want to go in.”


“Some people always want to help others. Just so that they can feel better than they really are.”


“People never learn anything by being told, they have to find out for themselves.”


“There is always as a gap between intention and action.”


“Married couples think about sex only once a fortnight and transform that thought into action only once a month.”


“You have two choices, to control your mind or to let your mind control you.”


“An awareness of death encourages us to live more intensely.”


“You are someone who is different, but who wants to be the same as everyone else. And that in my view is a serious illness.”


“Live. If you live, God will live with you. If only everyone could know and live with their inner craziness…people would be fairer and happier.”