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The Zahir: A Novel of Love, Longing and Obsession (original 2005; edition 2005)

by Paulo Coelho

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Title:The Zahir: A Novel of Love, Longing and Obsession
Authors:Paulo Coelho
Info:HarperCollins Publishers Ltd (2005), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 304 pages
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Not your typical romance novel, but an excellent love story, nonetheless. It's not so much about 'obsession' but about the journey of the (re)discovery of oneself and of selfless love.
  MomsterBookworm | Jul 14, 2014 |
I learn that when you love is as real as life is; it is that same love, whether you are apart or not from you, not even that distance or time is enough to keep you aside. Your true love will return to you. ( )
  Pamelangeles | Jul 3, 2014 |
I read it a long time ago, when it first came out. I find it one of the best that he'd ever written. It was realistic, speaking of the individuality of a couple. Some were disappointed by the ending, they wanted a fairy tale, but no, Coelho was daring enough to speak truth and reality instead. ( )
  pathogenik | Mar 2, 2014 |
Man dies and goes to heaven. ( )
  csobolak | Apr 25, 2013 |
Slow to get through at first but at halfway through you really can start to connect to the main character and understand his obsession. The ending is absolutely fantastic. ( )
  Athy127 | Feb 28, 2013 |
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Paulo Coelhoprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Costa, Margaret JullTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Epigraph
[four epigraphs] "O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who turn to you. Amen".

"What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose
one of them doth not leave the ninety and nine in the
wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it?
Luke 15:4".

"ITHACA [poem]
Constantine Cavafy (1863-1933)
translated by Rae Dalven".

"According to the writer Jorge Luis Borges, the idea of the Zahir comes from Islamic tradition [...]
Faubourg Saint-Pères
Encyclopedia of the Fantastic (1953)".
Dedication
[...] This book is dedicated to you, Christina, my wife.
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"Her name is Esther; she is a war correspondent who has just returned from Iraq because of the imminent invasion of that country; she is thirty years old, married, without children."
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Freedom is not the absence of commitments, but the ability to choose—and to commit myself to—what is best for me.
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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 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.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 14:04:38 -0400)

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Set in Paris and in the enchanting landscape of central Asia, this new novel by the author of the international bestsellers The Alchemist and Eleven Minutes follows the journey of a man obsessed with finding the wife who left him without an explanation. The narrator of The Zahir is a bestselling novelist who lives in Paris and enjoys all the privileges that money and celebrity bring. His wife of ten years, Esther, is a war correspondent who, despite her professional success and freedom from the conventional constraints of marriage, is facing an existential crisis. When she disappears along with a friend, Mikhail, who may or may not be her lover, the authorities question the narrator. Was Esther kidnapped, killed, or did she simply abandon 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, the man with whom Esther was last seen, finds the narrator and promises to take him to his wife. In his attempt to recapture a love lost, the narrator discovers something unexpected about himself.… (more)

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