Brazilian author Paulo Coelho denounced via twitter that his books have been banned in Iran and has made an appeal to his homeland Brazil to intervene. Coelho blogged a message from his editor in Iran where he was informed of the government’s decision to pull his books from stands.
Coehlo’s editor, Arash Hejazi, appears in a video of anti-government protests in 2009, attempting to save the life of Persian popular singer and musician Neda Agha-Soltan, whose death became a symbol of the violence after the disputed elections.
“I strongly hope this misunderstanding will be solved during the week. And I strongly count on the Brazilian government to support me, my books, for the sake of all the values we cherish,” Coelho wrote on the blog.
Coelho said he did not know the reason for the ban, but noted that he used social networks to support Hejazi during the violence.
Coelho, whose sales total at least 300m in 150 countries, and is the author of the 1988 allegorical novel, The Alchemist—one of the best-selling books of all time added that his work had been selling in Iran since 1998.