A Novel of Obsession
Harper Perennial, Paperback, 9780060832810, 298pp.
Publication Date: July 2006
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 has been a member of the Brazilian Academy of Letters since 2002, and in 2007, he was appointed United Nations Messenger of Peace. He is also the most followed author on social media.
MARGARET JULL COSTA has established herself as the premier translator of Portuguese literature into English today.
“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)