Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho

Veronika Decides to Die 1998

A dramatic story of love, life and death that shows us all why every second of our existence is a choice we all make between living and dying.

Twenty-four-year-old Veronika seems to have everything‹youth and beauty, boyfriends and a loving family, a fulfilling job. But something is missing in her life. So, one cold November morning, she takes a handful of sleeping pills expecting never to wake up. But she does‹at a mental hospital where she is told that she has only days to live.

Inspired by events in Coelhos own life, Veronika Decides to Die questions the meaning of madness and celebrates individuals who do not fit into patterns society considers to be normal. Bold and illuminating, it is a dazzling portrait of a young woman at the crossroads of despair and liberation, and a poetic, exuberant appreciation of each day as a renewed opportunity.

The novel was adapted by Muse Productions, Das Films, and Velvet Steamroller Entertainment for the 2009 film “Veronica Decides to Die”, starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jonathan Tucker, Melissa Leo, David Thewliss and Erika Christensen. It is set in New York instead of Ljubljana (Slovenia).


Original Language: Portuguese
Original Title: Veronika Decide Morrer
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