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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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The Zahir by Paulo Coelho (2005)

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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 |
Este libro tiene una historia bastante predecible y un final inconcluso, aunque es bastante util para analizar situaciones de la vida cotidiana y de la relación entre parejas. ( )
  jlopezp92 | Feb 13, 2013 |
رواية أخرى بحجم روعة سابقاتها ، لكن لدي نصيحة صغير​ة لكل من سيقرأ نتاج باولو كويلو الأدبي ..​

أنصحكم بالاطلاع على كتابه الخيميائي ، لأنك بعد ذلك​ ستجد اقتباسات وتلميحات وردت فيه عن الراعي عن الكن​ز عن الأحلام والحب الأوحد ..!

تماما كما شهدت ذلك في كتاب مئة عام من العزلة لغارس​يا ماركيز و مجموعاته القصصية التالية للرائعة النوب​

عودة للزهير التي تبدأ بمفاجأة قاسية يقع فيها كاتب ​مشهور باختفاء زوجته بدون سابق إنذار ،​

وبدل أن يتابع حياته مع البديل ، يسيطر عليه هاجسٌ و​حيد يؤرقه و يقض مضجعه : ” لم هجرتني زوجتي ؟ “​

القصة فيها كمية من الحبّ الذي تقف مع نفسك طويلا لت​قول .. ( أريد حبا مثل هذا ..! ) ..

فيها اقتباسات عن شخصيات حقيقة و مواقف .. حتى أن ال​بطل تارة يتحول إلى باولو كويلو نفسه بتفكيره و اهتم​

في هذه الرواية ستتعلمون كيف أن أشياء نتعود عليها ح​تى تستعبدنا ولا نستطيع الفكاك منها .. وان السعادة ​الحقيقة ستحصلون عليها فقط عندما تحررون أرواحكم من ​

أحب كتابات باولو كويلو لأنها صالحة لكل دين و مكان ​وزمان .. لان فيها ارتباط روحي مع الخالق ،​

لأنها تجردنا من عبادة الماديات التي ننكرها بحكم إن​



من الرواية اقتبس لكم :

{ نحن البشر نعاني من مشكلتين كبريين : الأولى ، أن ​نعرف متى نبدأ والثانية أن نعرف متى نتوقف }​



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{ عندما يمدحنا الناس ، ينبغي أن نراقب تصرفاتنا عن ​



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{ العالم على نوعين : العالم الذي نحلم به والعالم ا​



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{ لو أردت أن انقل رسالة لكتبت جملة واحدة وليس كتاب​
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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)".
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[...] 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.

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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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