The Alchemist


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Title: The Alchemist

Author: Paul Coelho

Genre: Parable, fable, magical realism, philosophy, self-help

Setting: Andalusia, Spain; Tangier; Sahara Desert; Egypt

Time Period: Unstated, although clues point to the mid-19th century

Protagonist: Santiago, the shepherd boy

Antagonist: Fear, thieves, love, complacency

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