A Novel of Obsession
“Superabundant talent, stunning originality, an elegant way with words… The Zahir is something more.”
-- Los Angeles Times
The narrator of The Zahr 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.
A haunting and redemptive story about obsession, The Zahir explores its potential to fulfill our dreams, and to destroy them.
Praise For The Zahir: A Novel of Obsession…
— New York Times
“Fans of Paulo Coelho will love this eloquent meditation on commitment--as will anyone who’s ever been in a relationship.”
— Marie Claire
“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.”
— Library Journal
“A fast-moving, captivating, both satirical and thoughtful novel about love and desire.”
— Edmonton Journal (Alberta)
HarperOne, 9780060832810, 336pp.
Publication Date: August 3, 2021
About the Author
Paulo Coelho, born in Rio de Janeiro in 1947, is one of the bestselling and most influential authors in the world. The Alchemist, The Valkyries, Brida, The Fifth Mountain, Eleven Minutes, The Zahir, The Witch of Portobello, Veronika Decides to Die, The Winner Stands Alone, Aleph, Adultery, and Hippie, among others, have sold over 320 million copies worldwide.