The Zahir: A Novel of Obsession

Paperback | July 3, 2006

byPaulo Coelho

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The narrator of The Zahir is a bestselling novelist who lives in Paris and enjoys all the privileges money and celebrity bring. His wife of ten years, Esther, is a war correspondent who has disappeared along with a friend, Mikhail, who may or may not be her lover.

Was Esther kidnapped, murdered, or did she simply escape a marriage that left her unfulfilled? The narrator doesn’t have any answers, but he has plenty of questions of his own. Then one day Mikhail finds the narrator and promises to reunite him with his wife. In his attempt to recapture a lost love, the narrator discovers something unexpected about himself.

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The narrator of The Zahir is a bestselling novelist who lives in Paris and enjoys all the privileges money and celebrity bring. His wife of ten years, Esther, is a war correspondent who has disappeared along with a friend, Mikhail, who may or may not be her lover.Was Esther kidnapped, murdered, or did she simply escape a marriage that ...

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The narrator of The Zahir is a bestselling novelist who lives in Paris and enjoys all the privileges money and celebrity bring. His wife of ten years, Esther, is a war correspondent who has disappeared along with a friend, Mikhail, who may or may not be her lover. Was Esther kidnapped, murdered, or did she simply escape a marriage that...

Paulo Coelho, born in Rio de Janeiro in 1947, is one of the bestselling and most influential authors in the world.The Alchemist,The Pilgrimage,The Valkyries,Brida,Veronika Decides to Die,Eleven Minutes,The Zahir,The Witch of Portobello,The Winner Stands Alone,Aleph,Manuscript Found in Accra, andAdultery, among others, have sold 150 mil...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.76 inPublished:July 3, 2006Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Explores The Untold! Ah, a tale of obsession. I love how each and every novel by Paulo Coelho explores a different human emotion/experience. The story of The Zahir is something anyone can relate to once you understand the meaning behind it. In Arabic zahir means "visible; present; incapable of going unnoticed." This could refer to anything from an object to a person or even an objective. I personally think every person has been in a state of obsession about something in which it takes over much of their mind. It is common human experience. It's all about using the power of obsession and turning it into a spiritual awakening as opposed to madness. Explore the untold, break away from the conventional and ask yourself if you are truly happy. Enjoy the journey! Thanks for the wisdom Mr. Coelho :)
Date published: 2013-03-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Disappointing Three years ago, I read The Zahir by Paulo Coelho and was very disappointed. The novel just kept going on and on about the protagonists obsession with his wife. It was boring and way too long, when it could have been half the size. If you have not yet read any of Paulo Coelho's works or are looking for an exciting story, you should just stick to The Alchemist and you won't be disappointed. The Zahir, in my opinion, is definitely aimed for older people who are looking forward to reading a novel about self-discovery. It is about a man whose wife left him one day without any notification; now she is all that he thinks about. He needs to meet her, Esther again and ask her why she left him in order to rid himself from her invisible presence. The word ‘Zahir’ means incapable of going unnoticed; his ex-wife is now his Zahir. The themes of love and life are explored. I did learn a lot about epileptic seizures.
Date published: 2008-09-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not The Alchemist This book is certainly not The Alchemist nor should it be. It is a tale about love and obsession. It tells of one man's journey to find the woman with whom he is in love with. I appreciated the journey this man took in an attempt to reconnect with his partner. I enjoyed Coelho's writing, though it does need to be viewed separate from The Alchamist (a superior novel). Coelho does get a little self-indulgent at times and seems to want to again reach the prophetic aw inspiring level he achieved in The Alchamist. As a novel distinct from his other works though the journey of the main character is worth reading alothough it did take me several days to finish the book.
Date published: 2007-07-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Another let down by Coehlo After I read The Alchemist, I thought Coehlo was a genius and immediately tried to read a few of his other books a few years ago. I was very disappointed. After a few years had passed I picked up The Zahir, hoping that he had once again produced something magical. It only got worse. Coehlo now puts himself in every novel, using opportunities throughout the fictional novel to insert his complaints about the poor reviews he has had since writing The Alchemist. This book completely lacked a plot or a consistent theme, aside from Coehlo 's own self grandisement and whining about his poor (and deserved) reviews. It makes me wonder if someone else wrote the Alchemist, or if he got lucky and now tries to follow some sort of formula that just doesn't work. The title: Zahir: A novel of Obsession, doesn't so much describe the plot, but Coehlo's own self obsession
Date published: 2007-01-06

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“A fast-moving, captivating, both satirical and thoughtful novel about love and desire.”