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The Zahir

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Book Summary of The Zahir

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 saintliness or insanity, with a fine line between the two.

The novel is also full of comments on what it is to be rich and famous, on the meaning of money, on what motivates a writer and on the nature of marriage

About The Author
Paulo Coelho’s books have won numerous awards and are permanent fixtures on bestseller lists in Brazil and around the world. Other books by Paulo Coelho include The Pilgrimage, The Valkyries, By The River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept., The Firfth Mountain and Verionika Decides to Diie. He and his wife Christina live in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Details of Book: The Zahir (BSID:55029)

Book The Zahir
Author Paulo Coelho
ISBN 8172236298
ISBN-13 9788172236298, 978-8172236298
Binding Paperback
Publisher Harper Collins Publishers
Publishing Date 2005
Number of Pages 356
Language English

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Sylvia June 27, 2008 review from Goodreads

I believe the quotation below will be sufficient to show how brilliant Coelho is: â??Marie, letâ??s suppose that two firemen go into a forest to put out a small fire. Afterwards, when they emerge and go over to a stream, the face of one is all smeared with black, while the other manâ??s face is complet...

nadia May 11, 2007 review from Goodreads

wow. do you know how and when i discovered this author? at the airport bookstore- at la guardia, the american terminal-the one next to the dunkin donuts/baskin robbins that one must ignore... you know how difficult it is to find something worthwhile to read in the airport bookstore, and i was abo...

Ashley August 03, 2011 review from Goodreads

This book was nothing like I expected. The back description was misleading - as a novice traveller I saw that the narrator of the book was going to go through "Spain, France, Croatia" etc in order to find the love of his life. Do not be fooled, there is little to no description of these places. I...

Odai April 14, 2011 review from Goodreads

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Nile daughter April 21, 2010 review from Goodreads

The (Zahir) is a concept that was totally new to me , I had to do some further research to find out that it is related to the Sufi , I read the book in English but after noticing the Arabic edition , I would have preferred if it was titled (Al zaher اÙ?ظاÙ?ر ) as a translation not as a repetition !...

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