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The Zahir: A Novel of Obsession

The Zahir: A Novel of Obsession

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Language English
Binding Paperback
Publisher Harper
Something or somebody that begins with just a passing thought and ends up being the only thing we can think about. This can be unerstood as saintliness or insanity.The Zahir, Paulo Coelho's new novel, is a perfect follow-on to The Alchemist. Paulo picks up the theme of the pilgrimage to Santiago but tells a very different, gripping story of love, los and passionate obsession.The protagonist of this new novel is a renowned author who writes about spirituality and once went on pilgrimage along the road to Santiago. On a return visit, he is suddenly abandoned by his wife, who leaves no trace of herself behind. As the story unfolds the author becomes obsessed with understanding the reason for her desertion.The title comes from a tale by Jorge Luis Borges, published in his book The Aleph. In Arabic Zahir means 'visible, present and unable to go unnoticed.' It refers to something or someone that ends up being the only thing we can think of. This state of 'possession' can be understood as sai ... See more
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  1.  Not the best of Paulo Coelho but definitely worth reading it 15 November, 2013 On
    The story of this book is about a quest for lost love, but not in the context as one would expect it to be. A well known writer's wife, Esther, goes missing from their home in Paris. The writer, and narrator in one person, has to figure out what lead to her disappearance and where she went. He meets Mikhail, Esther's friend and it is through him that the narrator starts a journey of self-discovery. Paulo Coelho takes us all the way from Paris to Kazakhstan as we follow the steps of the main protagonist in search of his zahir. It is also on this journey that Paulo Coelho describes and contemplates about various meanings of love.
    As usual, Paulo Coelho did not disappoint when it comes to the story, the language and the way he makes their readers think and contemplate.
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