Veronika Decides to die is a story about a young girl, Veronika, who has everything that a girl could think of in life, but still feels like there is something missing. This disturbs her and makes her feel like there is a void in her that is almost impossible to fill. She, therefore, decides to die. Summary of the Book Veronika has everything that a young woman can think of having, but still isn’t satisfied with this as she feels a void within her. As she feels that nothing can fill this void she decides one fine day that she is going to die and consumes several sleeping pills. While she is surprised to find herself still alive when she wakes up in a local mental hospital, she is told that her wish to die will come true in a matter of days as the overdose on the pills has caused irreparable damage to her heart. However, it is in these last few days of life that Veronika starts to actually appreciate things around her. She starts to feel things that she has never felt before like: love, fear, hatred, sexual awakening and curiosity. About the Author Paulo Coelho is a Brazilian author. He used to be theatre director, actor, lyricist and journalist before he gave in to his love for writing. He has written many novels like The Alchemist, The Pilgrimage, Eleven Minutes and Zahir.
A Tale of Hope and Happiness
'Veronika Decides to Die' is a beautiful tale of hope and happiness. The story revolves around Veronika, a young Slovenian woman who has everything that a woman in the prime of her life would want. She has a good job, a string of boyfriends and a family that loves her. However, she is not happy with her life and decides to committ suicide. After taking sleeping pills, she awaits her death which does not arrive. She wakes up in a hospital where she is told that the pills have shortened her life span and that she has only a few days to live. Within the walls of a mental hospital, Veronika falls in love with a person suffering from schizophrenia. The head psychiatrist at the hospital is trying to perform an experiment, which concerns Veronika in some manner. How and why is this happening? That is what the story is about.Critically Acclaimed
Veronika Decides to Die is loosely based on the author’s experiences in mental institutions. The book has been translated in 46 languages worldwide and has been adapted for theatre shows multiple times. The book has also received a lot of praise from the critics. The Daily Express has termed the book as a poetic piece of literature that can give the readers hope and happiness, whereas the Independent has termed the book as a publishing phenomenon. Veronika Decides to Die has also been adapted into a major motion picture by Das Films with Muse Productions.Inspiring Novel
Veronika Decides to Die is a very inspiring tale which is self-evident because it comes from the author of the world famous novel, The Alchemist. The book has inspired many people to live in a happier manner and has been considered as a pure work of art. It has also inspired other forms of art like theatre and music. A lot of bands have composed songs based on the storyline of the book.About the Author
Paulo Cohelo is one of the most celebrated writers in the world today. Born in 1947 in Brazil, the author is known widely for his influential novels and stories. The author has penned some very famous books like The Alchemist, The Winner Stands Alone, The Witch of Portobello and Eleven Minutes. His books have together sold around 15 million copies in 160 nations across the globe.
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