The Dreamseller: The Calling

A Novel

The Dreamseller: The Calling

Wherever he goes, the dreamseller enchants, stirs up trouble and inspires his listeners to search for the most important thing: the heart of the human soul. Every person he meets is someone who has abandoned their dreams and is struggling through life: a professor who has stopped pursuing his passions, an alcoholic who has no family, the elderly who have lost their zest for life. Through his questioning and wisdom, the dreamseller helps them to look into their silent hearts and get to the root of their unhappiness.

The Dreamseller: The Calling is moving, entertaining and ultimately inspiring. This book will make you laugh and cry, but above all, it will make you reflect on the purpose of your life, value others and become empowered to believe in your dreams.
  • Atria Books | 
  • 256 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781439195734 | 
  • October 2011
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Reading Group Guide

This reading group guide for The Dreamseller includes an introduction, discussion questions, ideas for enhancing your book club, and a Q&A with author Augusto Cury. The suggested questions are intended to help your reading group find new and interesting angles and topics for your discussion. We hope that these ideas will enrich your conversation and increase your enjoyment of the book.


Julio Cesar Lambert stands atop the great San Pablo Building in New York City, ready to leap to his death. A mysterious stranger appears out of the crowd and convinces Julio to not be afraid of life and more than that, to live it intensely: by selling dreams. Doubtful at first, Julio Cesar joins this mysterious man on a journey, collecting other dream sellers and helping strangers realize what has been missing in their lives. What follows is a remarkable parable exploring the major themes of modern existence as this wild band of misfits, lead by the Dreamseller himself, work to change the world. 


1.       From the onset of the novel, Julio Cesar is in big trouble. Identify the parts of his personality and of his life that would lead him to consider suicide. What were your first impressions of him, as a character? How does this impression change throughout the course of the novel? 

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About the Author

Augusto Cury
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Augusto Cury

Augusto Cury is a psychiatrist, psychotherapist, scientist and bestselling author. The writer of more than twenty books, Cury is currently one of the most widely read authors in Brazil where he has sold over twelve million books. His books have been published in more than fifty countries. The Dreamseller: The Calling is the recipient of China’s 2009 Weishanu Award for Best Foreign Novel. Through his work as a theorist in education and philosophy, he created the Theory of Multifocal Intelligence which presents a new approach to the logic of thinking, the process of interpretation and the creation of thinkers. Cury created the School of Intelligence based on this theory. Please visit