I was not aware there was a special 25th anniversary edition of The Pilgrimage (2012) with a special introduction by Paulo Coelho until I spotted one on display in Waterstone’s in Farnham today on a cold winter afternoon.
It was walking El Camino de Santiago that inspired Paulo Coelho to write The Alchemist.
Many of his early books have their origins somewhere along El Camino de Santiago.
When he walked El Camino de Santiago, it had fallen into disuse, maybe 400 pilgrims a year. Since publication of the Pilgrimage, the numbers have risen exponentially, with peaks in Holy Years, such that by 2005 there were 400 a day passing a bar on the halfway point.
El Camino de Santiago is medieval pilgrim’s route that runs along northern Spain. The destination is Santiago de Compostela where lies the remains of Apostle James the Greater, St James.
- The History of the Pilgrimage to Compostela
- Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela today
- El Camino de Santiago