The Zahir's narrator is a bestselling novelist who lives in Paris and enjoys all the money and celebrity-bringing privileges. His ten-year-old wife, Esther, is a war correspondent who has gone missing along with a friend, Mikhail, who may or may not be her lover.
Was Esther kidnapped, killed or ... just escaped a marriage that left her unfulfilled? The narrator has no answers but he has many of his own questions. Mikhail then finds the narrator one day and promises to reunite him with his wife. The narrator discovers something unforeseen about himself in his attempt to recapture a lost love.
If you're a nobody, if your work has no impact, then it deserves to be praised. If, however, you climb out of that state of mediocrity and are a success, then your defying 'the law' and deserve to be punished.
Our true friends are those who are with us when the good things happen. They cheer us on and are pleased by our triumphs. False friends only appear at difficult times, with their sad, supportive faces, when, in fact, our suffering is serving to console them for their miserable lives.
No one should ever ask themselves that: why am I unhappy? The question carries within it the virus that will destroy everything. If we ask that question, it means we want to find out what makes us happy. If what makes us happy is different from what we have now, then we must either change once and for all or stay as we are, feeling even more unhappy.
Ester asked why people are sad. "That’s simple," says the old man. "They are the prisoners of their personal history. Everyone believes that the main aim in life is to follow a plan. They never ask if that plan is theirs or if it was created by another person. They accumulate experiences, memories, things, other people's ideas, and it is more than they can possibly cope with. And that is why they forget their dreams.
This is the mystery at the heart of The Zahir by internationally renowned Brazilian author Paulo Coelho.In Arabic, zahir means "incapable of going unnoticed" and refers to any object or person who becomes the sole obsession of a person's every waking minute.In Coelho's tale, a nameless, best-sell...