'The Zahir', Paulo Coelho's new novel available in paperback for the first time, incorporates exclusive new content including an extra section containing interviews with Paulo and plenty of information for those for whom the book just wasn't enough. It begins with a glimpse or a passing thought. It ends in obsession. One day a renowned author ...
'The Zahir', Paulo Coelho's new novel available in paperback for the first time, incorporates exclusive new content including an extra section containing interviews with Paulo and plenty of information for those for whom the book just wasn't enough. It begins with a glimpse or a passing thought. It ends in obsession. One day a renowned author discovers that his wife, a war correspondent, has disappeared leaving no trace. Though time brings more success and new love, he remains mystified - and increasingly fascinated - by her absence. Was she kidnapped, blackmailed, or simply bored with their marriage? The unrest she causes is as strong as the attraction she exerts. His search for her - and for the truth of his own life - takes him from France to Spain, Croatia and, eventually, the bleakly beautiful landscape of Central Asia. More than that, it takes him from the safety of his world to a totally unknown path, searching for a new understanding of the nature of love and the power of destiny. With 'The Zahir', Paulo Coelho demonstrates his powerful and captivating storytelling.
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That's the first book that i read from Paulo Coelho. I can't believe it. It's awsome! Great! I loved! The history takes the person and transport to the history and it's like one was the protagonist. I recommended to everyone who likes the deep histories.
Sep 1, 2007
This was the first book by Paulo Coelho that I read. Big mistake. I hated it, read it on the beach and I struggled to read the whole thing because I thought it was so boring. Since then I read several other Paulo Coelho books. He is a remarkable writer. I recommend that you start by other books by him such as The Alchemist, Veronika decides to die. Then you?ll be ready to fully embrace The Zahir and its message as well as Paulo Coelhos' wonderful writing.
Apr 18, 2007
Great book,quite different from other Coelho books
Ha! This book was wonderful! This is a story all about finding your own path and meaning in life and settling for nothing less! Even though the main character (written about as if HE was actually writing a biography of sorts) is at times quite abrupt and opinionated in a less-than-agreeable manner, I found myself hoping that things would work out for him...that he would find his Zahir! Wonderful journeys he takes before the book ends...and quite unusual! Also...finding comfort and some semblance of solace through his supposed nemesis was an unusual twist!
Publishers Weekly, 2005-07-11 The press chat cites 65 million copies of Coelho's eight previous novels in print, making the Brazilian author one of the world's bestselling novelists (150 countries and 56 languages). This book, whose title means "the present" or "unable to go unnoticed" in Arabic, has an initial staggered laydown of eight million copies in 83 countries and 42 languages. It centers on the narrator's search for his missing wife, Esther, a journalist who fled Iraq in the runup to the present war, only to disappear from Paris; the narrator, a writer, is freed from suspicion when his lover, Marie, comes forward with a (true) alibi. He seeks out Mikhail, the man who may be Esther's most recent lover and with whom she was last seen, who has abandoned his native Kazakhstan for a kind of speaking tour on love. Mikhail introduces the narrator to a global underground "tribe" of spiritual seekers who resist, somewhat vaguely, conventional ways of living. Through the narrator's journey from Paris to Kazakhstan, Coelho explores various meanings of love and life, but the impact of these lessons is diminished significantly as they are repeated in various forms by various characters. Then again, 65 million readers can't be wrong; the spare, propulsive style that drove The Alchemist, Eleven Minutes and Coelho's other books will easily carry fans through myriad iterations of the ways and means of amor. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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