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The Zahir : a novel of obsession

Author: Paulo Coelho; Margaret Jull Costa
Publisher: New York : Harper Perennial, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Book : Fiction : English : 1st Harper Perennial edView all editions and formats
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Set in Paris and in the enchanting landscape of central Asia, this new novel by the author of the international bestsellers The Alchemist and Eleven Minutes follows the journey of a man obsessed with finding the wife who left him without an explanation. The narrator of The Zahir is a bestselling novelist who lives in Paris and enjoys all the privileges that money and celebrity bring. His wife of ten years, Esther,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Paulo Coelho; Margaret Jull Costa
ISBN: 0060832819 9780060832810 0060875356 9780060875350
OCLC Number: 70691262
Language Note: Translated from Portuguese.
Notes: Includes P. S. insights, interviews & more (20 p.) following text.
Description: 298 p. ; 21 cm.
Other Titles: Zahir.
Responsibility: Paulo Coelho ; translated from the Portuguese by Margaret Jull Costa.

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Set in Paris and in the enchanting landscape of central Asia, this new novel by the author of the international bestsellers The Alchemist and Eleven Minutes follows the journey of a man obsessed with finding the wife who left him without an explanation. The narrator of The Zahir is a bestselling novelist who lives in Paris and enjoys all the privileges that money and celebrity bring. His wife of ten years, Esther, is a war correspondent who, despite her professional success and freedom from the conventional constraints of marriage, is facing an existential crisis. When she disappears along with a friend, Mikhail, who may or may not be her lover, the authorities question the narrator. Was Esther kidnapped, killed, or did she simply abandon 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, the man with whom Esther was last seen, finds the narrator and promises to take him to his wife. In his attempt to recapture a love lost, the narrator discovers something unexpected about himself.

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