In his most autobiographical novel to date, Paulo Coelho interweaves adventure, philosophy and the true stories of his own life to give readers an essential book for our time.
A journey to the past. A map for the future.
Drawing on the rich experience of his own life, bestselling author Paulo Coelho relives the dreams of a generation that longed for peace and challenged the established social order.
In Hippie, he tells the story of Paulo, a skinny Brazilian with a goatee, learning about himself by exploring the world.
Travelling on the ‘Death Train to Bolivia’, on to Peru, Paulo hitchhikes through Chile and Argentina and into Amsterdam. In the famous Dam Square he meets Karla, a young Dutch woman in her twenties who has been waiting to find the ideal companion to accompany her on the fabled hippie trail to Nepal. Together with their fellow travellers, they embark on a trip aboard the Magic Bus, heading across Europe and Central Asia to Kathmandu.
For everyone, the journey is transformative. For Paulo and Karla it is a life-defining love story that leads to choices that will set the course of the rest of their lives.
“Beautifully written . . . an inspiring read.”
“In Hippie, Coelho stirs readers’ emotions through passionate prose and evocative passages based on his life experiences.”
“A nostalgic immersion in the mind-blowing 1960s.”
“A spiritual journey of self-discovery.”
“Paulo Coelho, a gift to the literary world from Brazil, tells a story of the journey of being.”
Hurriyet Book magazine
“An intimate and charming book.”
“Hippie is precisely the antidote for all those who are already tired of living and of enduring the blows of a more and more dehumanized society. A new vision of the hippie movement.”
“His worldly wisdoms strike a timely chord.”
St. Galler Tagblatt & Luzerner Zeitung