The Zahir: A Novel of Obsession is a novel by the world famous Brazilian novelist Paulo Coelho. The novel was originally written in the author's native language, Portuguese. The book is about a pilgrimage. It deals with the themes of love, obsession and loss. This book is considered to be a follow-on to the author's earlier book The Alchemist.
The meaning of the title, The Zahir, is "the obvious. " The story is narrated from a first-person perspective. A bestselling novelist lost his wife Esther. Although he enjoys the luxury brought to him by money and fame, he is unsatisfied due to his missing wife and goes on a search for her. Meanwhile, the police suspects his hand in the disappearance of his wife.
Amidst the chaos, the narrator looks back at his own life to examine what went wrong that made his wife disappear. During a book launch, he encounters Esther's friend Mikhail. From him, the narrator learns that Esther left him in search of peace as she could not find one with him.
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Paulo Coelho, born in Rio de Janeiro in 1947, is one of the bestselling and most influential authors in the world. The Alchemist, The Pilgrimage, The Valkyries, Brida, Veronika Decides to Die, Eleven Minutes, The Zahir, The Witch of Portobello and The Winner Stands Alone, among others, have sold 115 million copies in more than 160 countries.