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A deeply spiritual man, Coelho once made a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, Spain, which inspired "The Pilgrimage" in 1986. The next year, he wrote "The Alchemist", which he published by a small Brazilian publishing house. A seemingly simple tale of Santiago, a shepherd seeking his fortune, the story takes the form of a travelogue and an adventure, introducing fascinating characters who influence his decisions. It is both gentle and shocking, the journey exposing Santiago to budding romance and terrifying bandits, the exotica of oases and the desert, as well as the mysteries of alchemy itself. While completing his quest to see the pyramids, Santiago experience far more than he would have as a shepherd, the life lessons leading to a revelatory conclusion. Paulo Coelho's inspirational novel reminds us to search our hearts to find our personal treasure. The Alchemist pen has been conceived to relay a similar message as the writer looks forward to the experience of writing with an instrument whose symbolic voice encourages following one's dreams. Such is the impact of "The Alchemist", a novel that touches the heart and soul. To embody its spirit in a pen, the artisans of Montegrappa have fashioned form that encompasses the myriad symbols embedded in the story. Using the lost wax technique of casting, the pen is decorated with representations of the Sun and Moon on the cap, the band onto which Sun and Moon are attached incorporating a rotating mechanism that gives the same tactile sensation as the winding and time-setting of a mechanical watch. Physically, the Alchemist Pen communicates the true experience of the practice of alchemy through actual pieces of the seven metals of alchemy imcorporated in the body; quicksilver is represented by its chemical sign. The pen's pocket clip opens as does a cartographer's drawing compass. Like the book it represents, the Alchemist Pen operates on many levels, and its owners will continue to discover its many details in subsequent studies. The Alchemist Pen has been issued in an edition of 1987 fountain pens and rollerballs in total, in honor of the year that it was published: 900 pens in resin and sterling silver (450 fountain pens and 450 rollerballs) to represent the number of copies in the first edition's print run.