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.
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.
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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