A Novel of Obsession
By Paulo Coelho
(Harper Perennial, Paperback, 9780060832810, 336pp.)
Publication Date: July 2006
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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.
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, and The Winner Stands Alone, among others, have sold 115 million copies in more than 160 countries.
“Coelho is a novelist who writes in a universal language.”
-New York Times
“Fans of Paulo Coelho will love this eloquent meditation on commitment--as will anyone who’s ever been in a relationship.”
“If you read Coelho’s book The Alchemist, then you should definitely read this.... There’s really no one else like him.”
“Likely to entrance even the most cynical of readers.”
“An enlightening story of faith and the reclamation of pure love.”
“A fast-moving, captivating, both satirical and thoughtful novel about love and desire.”
-Edmonton Journal (Alberta)