The Zahir

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The Zahir

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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.

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  • GENRES

    Fiction

  • PUBLISHED BY

    Harperone

  • PUBLISHED ON

    Jul 3, 2006

  • ISBN

    0060832819 , 9780060832810

  • FORMAT

    Paperback

  • LANGUAGE

    English

  • NO. OF PAGES

    336

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Quotes from The Zahir

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.

When someone leaves, it's because someone else is about to arrive.

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.

Dreams   Future   Happiness   Life   Plans   Sadness

To czego szukamy, znajduje się zawsze w zasięgu naszego wzroku, wystarczy rozglądać się wokół uważnie i w skupieniu, żeby odkryć, dokąd Bóg chce nas zaprowadzić i w którą stronę najlepiej iść.

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On the road again--to spiritual and sexual fulfillment, as promised by the megabestselling Brazilian author of The Alchemist .

A Time to Rend and a Time to Sew is the story of my love for Esther and naturally becomes yet another international bestseller.

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 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...

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