Brazilian best-selling author Paulo Coelho wrote on his blog that his books have been banned in Iran. He also said that he turned to the Brazilian government to mediate.
"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", he wrote.
His novel "The Alchemist", published in 1998, was a world bestseller. Coelho said he would put his books translated into the Persian language online for free.