In addition to his style which selects various intriguing narrative subjects, Coelho has a flamboyant imagination and a magic technique how to tell a story, he transmits messages, with vibrant texts, which are well known to be endless sources of relevance in philosophy, psychology and theology. As Friedrich Hegel would say, these are texts that emerge from the soul and their destination is the human character. Paulo Coelho with his novel “The Alchemist,” has not only reached a world record; he appears as a specific model of narration before the World of literature, a new tradition which leaves ample space for multiple analysis and literary interpretations.
The lyrics and prose of “The Alchemist,” are built with simple style, its content has a thin implicit layer of philosophy, which speaks through symbols, textual recollections and inter-textual levels of meaning. The author has knitted the text through the linear unfolding, which is very similar to the genre of magic realism. Truthfully, his style is a brilliant mirror image of a gigantic literature, constructed inside a huge literary grid, where the universal literature and cultural codes coexist while being continuously revitalized. These codes are reconstructed and have reappeared thanks to the skillful perceptions of Coelho. He is a famous master of narrative, he would enliven every character, while cheerfully shaping various plot sequences, and transform the past as part of the contemporary through the cultural, religious and symbolical memories. Indeed, “The Alchemist” is navigating through all these semantic layers which represent philosophical, religious and ethical messages.
The works of Coelho, generally – with an exception on “The Alchemist” – are emerging as a representation where literature finds strong connection with dialogue and has discovered the mirror of self-identification with the art of literature, therefore the individual is faced with eternal challenges that engulf him every instant as well as on every corner of the space. Thanks to the masterful literary discourse; the uncompromised writer, always is in search of a magic depth, where only the supernatural alchemists can penetrate in order to earn the goods reserved for them and to display those as a shining meteor before his audience: the reader. In respect to the definition that literature is considered a dialogue between the author and the reader, Coelho has accomplished this task with an energized dialogue and concludes by saying that: “The work is considered outstanding only when its purpose is accomplished.”
“The Alchemist” is an Allegorical Novel. The author as an expert takes the reader into dramatic situations, with many adventures so he can return at the point of departure right where the story ends. The end reveals vigorously the purpose of the text. Everything is developed inside a masterful narration, where the rhythm of assertion, proceeds gradually with the structure and selection of the story. The allegory is an overwhelming implicit feature in the novel, covered by a symbolic language which is present throughout the text. This lurch of narration is attained with dynamic literary sequences that keep the reader breathless up to the epilogue of the story, when the author selected the most paradox fable and surprisingly takes the reader at the point of departure.
However, according to Umberto Eco, the author, as a great master of story telling, understands that the literary text is an open structure; this is why he creates images and sometimes multiple images that allow the possibility for an infinite understanding. Coelho does not conclude this novel with an epilogue; in reality, at this stage the literary nuances are just starting, present with hermeneutical interpretations, are searching the significance of symbolic and allegorical elements which the author controls amazingly. In the mean time textual and semi logic analysis, represent the organizational symbols and the structure of a text which is built inside a literary communication system that considers literature as a dialogue, as a culture and vice versa. Literature and Culture are two worlds that influence each other.
Ndue Ukaj is an Albanian Author, has published three volumes of poetry and has written "The Presence of Biblical Context in Albanian Literature" Published in Kosova, 2009. Ndue Ukaj has received MA Degree from the University of Prishtina, Kosovo.
Translated from the original Albanian by Spero contributor Peter M. Tase.