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The Zahir

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  61,302 Ratings  ·  2,970 Reviews
The narrator of  The Zahir  is a bestselling novelist who lives in Paris and enjoys all the privileges money and celebrity bring. His wife of ten years, Esther, is a war correspondent who has disappeared along with a friend, Mikhail, who may or may not be her lover.

Was Esther kidnapped, murdered, or did she simply escape a marriage that left her unfulfilled? The narrator d
Paperback, 336 pages
Published July 3rd 2006 by HarperOne (first published 2005)
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Sai Chaitanya Dear Friend, Everybody has different perspective over life. I read your comments, i would agree with you and i would like to add my comments to you. I…moreDear Friend, Everybody has different perspective over life. I read your comments, i would agree with you and i would like to add my comments to you. I feel his journey is more internal rather than going places. I felt it's a meditative journey of who he was? and what person he became?
Also to add if,as you suggested, everything would be of truths and facts then that would become a non fictional case study of reporting person, and what fun in that...?(less)
Samantha Ege It shows how love isn't always perfect like the fairytales we have all grown up with, but it's disappointing due to the harsh reality of how…moreIt shows how love isn't always perfect like the fairytales we have all grown up with, but it's disappointing due to the harsh reality of how emotionally unavailable the protagonist is and how vague and confusing his wife is. Although those are both stereotypical versions of men and women, I think it's pessimistic on how a relationship can and should be. Both characters don't fit with each other, and they see that in some retrospect. It was realistic, but pessimistic.(less)

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Aug 15, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: People in the journey to their personal legend.
Shelves: fictiousaddict
I believe the quotation below will be sufficient to show how brilliant Coelho is:

‘Marie, let’s suppose that two firemen go into a forest to put out a small fire. Afterwards, when they emerge and go over to a stream, the face of one is all smeared with black, while the other man’s face is completely clean. My question is this: which of the two will wash his face?

‘That’s a silly question. The one with the dirty face of course.’

‘No, the one with the dirty face will look at the other man and assu
Ahmad Sharabiani
O Zahir = The Zahir, Paulo Coelho
The Zahir is a 2005 novel by the Brazilian writer Paulo Coelho. Just as in an earlier book, The Alchemist, The Zahir is about a pilgrimage. The book touches on themes of love, loss and obsession. The Zahir was written in Coelho's native language, Portuguese, and it has been translated into 44 languages.
عنوانها: زهیر، ظاهر؛ نویسنده: پائولو کوئیلو؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز نخست ماه مارس سال 2004 میلادی
عنوان: زهیر؛ نویسنده: پائولو کوئیلو؛ مترجم: آرش حجازی؛ تهران، کا
Nov 16, 2007 rated it it was ok
Shelves: drama
So far my least favorite of Coelho's books. A woman leaves her husband with no explanation to find out how to be happy. She leaves no note, no messenger, takes nothing, just seems to disappear. He finds himself in the journey and learns he needs to look for her because he loves her, not because he is obsessed. Along the way other hearts get broken.


"When someone leaves, it's because someone else is about to arrive - I'll find love again."

"In order to be able to find her, I first had to fin
Issa Deerbany
الظاهر كلمة من التراث الاسلامي وتعني الواضح ، البائن، الجلي.

وهذا الشيء نتعلق به ونحبه ونتقرب منه اكثر وبعد ذلك نتعود عليه ثم تبدأ حياتنا الرتيبة . ولكننا عندما نفقده نشعر كم هو مهم انا ونعيد التفكير بهذا الظاهر .

رواية فلسفية عن هذا الظاهر يقدم فيها باولو كويلو دعوته الى التخلي عن حياتنا المعاصرة وجعلها الحكم على كل شيء، والدعوة الى الحياة الطبيعية التي ليس فيها حب المادة والآلات التي تحيط بِنَا.

الدعوة الى الحياة في الطبيعة الرائعة والتأمل لمعرفة حقيقة نفسك متجردا من اَي اثر للحياة المادية.

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Odai Al-Saeed
هذه الرواية الثانية لي مع باولو كويليو ولا ادري ان كانت الترجمة هي المشكلة في هذا السرد الممل ام هو اسلوب الراوي .الرواية فيها تطويل ممل ووصف رتيب لدرجة انك تفقد القدرة على اكمال القراءة .احداث الرواية تدور في محور ضيق فيها بعض المشوقات والعبر الجميلة .ولكن اعتقد ان هناك ما يستحق القراءة اجود بكثير .
Shwan Majeed
May 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
مغامرة ورحلة اخرى مليئة ب التشويق الاثارة من قبل الكاتب الرائع باولو كويلو, في هذه الرواية لم يبتعد باولو كويلو عن اسلوبه في التعمق والتدخل في العمق الانساني والرحلات لأكتشاف الذات والايمان ب داخلنا, هذه الرحلة تدخلك الى عالم مختلف بعض الشيء عن بقية الرحلات في دخول الى عمقك وبلأخص الصوت الداخلي او الشيء الذي يقدوك من اعماقك بشكل يمكن ان تكون صائبة بشكل أكبر وهي طريق حدسك والامل الموجود في داخلك الذي يأتي منه بكل هذه الاشياء.
ما ذكره باولو كويلو في هذه الرواية بشكل متعمق اكثر وغير ظاهر في الكثير م
Ninoska Goris
Feb 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favoritos
Uno de mis libros favoritos de todos los tiempos.

Te deja con grandes decisiones a tomar en tu vida.

Nour Sharif
Feb 19, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: noone
Recommended to Nour by: no one, thankfully. That means I don't have to kill anyone yet.
2.6 stars
Okay, dear dear Paulo Coelho. Where do I start?

This is how this book briefly was written.


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زهرة منصور
May 20, 2012 rated it liked it
الزهير هي نطق آخر للكلمة العربية الظاهر والتي تعني الشئ الواضح أو الذي لا يمكن المرور دون ملاحظته. تدور القصّة حول الراوي صاحب الروايات الأكثر رواجاً، وبحثه لزوجتِه المفقودة. يتمتّع بطل الرواية بكلّ الامتيازات ومن ذلك المال والشهرة ولكنه مشكوك فيه من السلطات والصحافة بسبب الاختفاء الغير قابل للتوضيح لزوجته من بيتهم في باريس. يستكشف كويلو معاني مختلفة للحب والحياة من خلال الرواية(ويكيبيديا)
كعادة باولو كويليو أبهرني في (الزهير) لكنه فاجأني في النهاية لم تكن مناسبة لمستوى الرواية وما تحويه من ج
Jan 03, 2009 rated it really liked it
I have to say, at times I found myself obsessed with this book about obsession. At times, it didn't quite flow or seemed to bring in random points, but I felt like I just "got it" and completely understood where he was coming from. Coelho's words resonated deeply within me, and in fact, helped me to "see" and unlock some feelings that I haven't been able to understand for quite some time. In that sense, it was like an Eat, Pray, Love for me. Not to compare authors, literary styles, or anything l ...more
Mar 31, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: latin-america
The (Zahir) is a concept that was totally new to me , I had to do some further research to find out that it is related to the Sufi , I read the book in English but after noticing the Arabic edition , I would have preferred if it was titled (Al zaher الظاهر ) as a translation not as a repetition !
I liked the definition he reached at the ednd :
(The zahir was the fixation on everything that had been passed from generation to generation ; it left no question unanswered , it looks up all the space ;
Nov 26, 2007 rated it did not like it
I was diasspointed with this and I would consider myself a fan of Paolo Coelho. I just don't think this lived up to his usual work. The plot was weak and there was a lot of annoying, sentimental stream-of-consciousness drivel about the meaning of love and the meaning of life. It's true that these are Coelho's usual themes but I think he's gotten a bit carried away with all the sentiment in this novel and forgotten the story in the process. The only thing that kept me reading until the end was my ...more
Aug 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Zahir tells an incredible journey of a man whose wife has left the house without letting him know.

His search for her and the meaning of their marriage and above all, Paulo Coelho's writing is spectacular to watch.

Introduced to me by my sister.
Apr 26, 2007 rated it liked it
wow. do you know how and when i discovered this author? at the airport bookstore- at la guardia, the american terminal-the one next to the dunkin donuts/baskin robbins that one must ignore... you know how difficult it is to find something worthwhile to read in the airport bookstore, and i was about to buy something else- this book was in the low corner pocket and i saw it. the cover, and the title, are enticing, but could have been just over the top. but i usually test drive books buy opening th ...more
Lina AL Ojaili
Oct 05, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: paulo-coelho
عندمــا لــم يبـق لي ما أخسره ، أعطيت كل شئ . عندما كففت عن كوني نفسي ، وجدتها . وعندما خبرت الذلّ وبقيت أمضي ، أدركت أنني حُـرّ في اختيار قدري . لعل بى خطبا ., لا ادرى , لعل زواجى لم افهمه عندما عشته . ما اعرفه هو ان بامكانى العيش من دونها , لا ازال اود رؤيتها مجددا , لاقول لها ما لم اتفوه به عندما كنا معا : احبك اكثر من حبى لنفسى ولو امكننى قول ذلك , لتمكنت عندها من المضى فى حياتى , بسلام مع روحى , لان ذلك الحب افتدانى

Mar 03, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"بسيار مهم است كه بگذاريم بعضى چيزها بروند، رهايشان كنيم، آزادشان كنيم. انسان ها بايد درك كنند كه هيچ كس با كارت هاى علامت دار بازى نمى كند، گاهى مى بريم، گاهى هم مى بازيم. منتظر نباشيد چيزى را به شما برگردانند، منتظر نباشيد قدر تلاشتان را بدانند، نبوغتان را كشف كنند، عشقتان را درك كنند. چرخه ها را ببنديد. نه به خاطر غرور يا بى قابليتى يا برترى جويى، به خاطر آنكه آن چيز ديگر در زندگى تان جاى نميگيرد. در را ببنديد، موسيقى را عوض كنيد، خانه را تمييز كنيد، غبارها را بتكانيد. ديگر آن كسى نباشيد كه ب ...more
Hanan Dora
Oct 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
فقدت رغبتى فى كتابة ريفيوهات منذ فترة ولكن بأكتب برضه
الموقف هنا يختلف أنا لا أريد كتابة ريفيو لأنى لا أعلم ماذا أكتب ؟!
الرواية اصعب من أن تدرك وأعمق من أن لا تدرك
موجودة فى كل شىء حين تكون لا شىء
ولن تجد شىء حين تظن أنك كل شىء
حين تقرأ الروايات فى المواصلات الأمر يختلف خاصة فى وقت باكر أو وقت متأخر حين يكون الهواء نقيا إلى حد ما فهى تحتاج إلى فضاء حتى تدرك أن هناك أشياء فى اللا شىء !
حدث البيئة
حدث السماء
حدث " الآخرين "
حدث القديم و ودعه بشجاعة راحل
و حدث الجديد واستقبله بحبور مستقبل !
حدث نفسك
Walid Elalfy
Apr 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
هى ليست روايه بالمفهوم الصحيح . باولوا كويلهوا اوهمنا ان هناك روايه مثله مثل يوسف زيدان فى ظل الافعى هو اختلاق مواقف لشخوص معينه لبث فلسفته فى الحياه . استغربت من تصنيف الاخوه الذين سبقونى فى تصنيف الروايه فجزء كبير منهم اتهم الكاتب بالتطويل والروايه بالمط والملل ولم يدركوا ما بين السطور وما يريد ان يرسله لنا الكاتب . باولوا كويليهو هذا المتصوف الزاهد ارسل لنا حكمته فى الحوار بين سانتياجو وساحر الصحراء فى روايه الخيميائى وارسل نا نفس الحكمه فى رحله العاهره فى احدى عشره دقيقه وها هنا يرسلها لنا م ...more
Feb 11, 2008 rated it liked it
Typical Coelho...lots of really good quotes. whether you agree with them or not does not really matter but he makes you think by hitting the extremes.

When i get time i will type my favorite two pages which I think summarize the whole book. here are some others.

"Although I know that I may have lost forever the woman I love, I must try to enjoy all the graces that God has given me today. Grace cannot be hoarded. There are no banks where it can be deposited to be used when I feel more at peace wit
Feb 03, 2008 rated it really liked it
A great book for anyone struggling with attachment or ownership of something that you love.

"I heard other people speaking in the name of freedom and the more they defended this unique right, the more enslaved the seemed to be to the parent's wishes, to a marriage in which they had promised to stay with the other person "for the rest of their lives," to the bathroom scales, to their diet, to the half-finished projects, to lovers to whom they were incapable of saying "No", or "It's over", to weeke
Ashley Lauren
Apr 12, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: do-not-recommend
This book was nothing like I expected. The back description was misleading - as a novice traveller I saw that the narrator of the book was going to go through "Spain, France, Croatia" etc in order to find the love of his life. Do not be fooled, there is little to no description of these places. In fact, there is no description of Spain at all. Thoroughly disappointing.

Besides that the book itself was... interesting. I admit it is a much different story than I have ever read and I was given some
Jan 01, 2016 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: NADIE
Recommended to CalypK by: Regalo de mi tía materna -_-
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Terminado de leer 03/01/2016

Leído para el 2016 Reading Challenge: #13. Libro de autoayuda

Si tuviese que describir este libro con una palabra, sería: VULGAR. Ya sabemos que Coelho no es precisamente el más afilado de los lápices de la caja a la hora de escribir, sabemos también que sus tramas carecen de sustancia (otro check) pero lo que resulta toda una novedad (al menos para mí, que de él solo he l
Suzie Toumeh
Nov 09, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: no one
Shelves: romance, spirituality
The very little things that made me detest this book:

I believe that each reader creates his own film inside his head, gives faces to the characters, constructs every scene, hears the voices, smells the smells. And that is why, whenever a reader goes to see a film based on a novel that he likes, he leaves feeling disappointed, saying: “The book is so much better than the film.”

The thing is, Paulo never describes ANYONE or ANYTHING clearly.

In this book although the main character is obsessed
May 06, 2014 rated it did not like it
Recommended to Emtiaj by: সালমান হক ধ্রুব
Shelves: portuguese
(view spoiler) মাঝখান দিয়ে দারশনিক মারকা অনেক লেখা পড়তে হল। কি বিরকতিকর! কি বিরকতিকর!!

দুই মাস, আটদিন পর এই বই শেষ করতে পারলাম। আহ, কি শানতি। আমি খুব ভালোভাবেই বুঝে গেলাম, দারশনিক মারকা বই আমার ভালো লাগে না। আর Paulo Coelho জীবন থেকে বাদ। অনতত কয়েক বছরের জনয তো অবশযই।

বইটা কিভাবে শেষ করলাম, একটা শবদও বাদ না দিয়ে? পরথম দিকে তো বেশ কষট করছিলাম। শেষ দিকে টেনিদার সাথে পড়ছিলাম। নিজেকে বুঝাচছিলাম, একটা চযাপটার পড়তে পারলেই কিন
Mohamed Abdelsttar
Dec 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
تاني عمل ادبي اقرأه للعالمي باولو كويليو بعد الخيميائي
لم يخيب ظني اطلاقا .. اسلوب متميز ..حكمة رائعة مع كل صفحة

الرواية بصفة عامة بتخلينا نعيد التفكير في حياتنا ونطرح علي نفسنا سؤال
هل انا سعيد ام تعس ؟؟
هل انا سعيد حقا أم اتظاهر بالسعادة ؟؟
هل نعيش الحياة ام تمض بنا الايام؟؟
كيف نسعي وراء اهدافنا ؟ وده نفس المعني في الخيمائي -السعي وراء اسطورتنا الشخصية-

في الرواية عابرات كتير جميلة اكتفي باقتباس عبارة واحدة منها

"ان ثمن الحرية باهظ اسوة بثمن العبودية .. الفرق الوحيد بينهما أنك في الحالة الاولي تس
Tamim Nashed
Apr 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I kept reading it and finished it in a short time.... this means that i love it.... It helps you understand the real meaning of can you reach your goals... "the energy of love" which i believe in
Nov 29, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommended to Brad by: Giovanna
Shelves: philosophical
This book wasn't written for me. I am not on a search for spirituality; I am not trying to understand my spirituality; I don't even think humanity itself is all that special, and I certainly don’t believe spirituality is what separates us from the beasts. So from the earliest moments of The Zahir I felt like a tourist, an unwelcome voyeur.

But then this book was written for me because, stripping away all the talk of spirituality, I am looking for complete sensuality, complete living, complete be
Kyriakos Sorokkou
Jun 30, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: σε εχθρούς
Shelves: books-i-borrowed
Αγαπητέ αναγνώστη, προσοχή.
Αν θες να διαβάσεις αυτό το αριστουργηματικό (νοτ) βιβλίο του Παύλου Κοελλίδη (το λι όπως της Αμαλίας στο Παρά Πέντε) σταμάτα τώρα γιατί ακολουθούν σπόιλερς.
Αν πάλι είσαι φαν του Παύλου σταμάτα επίσης. Δεν θα μιλήσω ωραία.

Πριν να μπω στα σπόιλερς, να εκφράσω την γνώμη μου γι' αυτό το μυθιστόρημα(?)


Η Πλοκή
Απ' όσο θυμάμαι ένας πετυχημένος συγγραφέας (κάτι σαν τον Κοέλο) χάνει την γυναίκα του και την αναζητά (όχι στη Σαλονίκη, αλλά στην Γαλλία και στο Καζακστάν). Μετά απ
Mar 02, 2016 rated it it was ok
The Zahir is the sixth stand-alone book by Brazil-born author, Paulo Coelho. It is translated from Portuguese by Margaret Jull Costa. Esther, a journalist and the wife of a best-selling author disappears from their home in Paris. Once the police release him from custody, dismissing the idea that he may have been responsible, he begins to wonder what has happened. He is soon convinced that she left him voluntarily, despite her occasionally dangerous job as a war correspondent. For two years, he r ...more
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The Brazilian author PAULO COELHO was born in 1947 in the city of Rio de Janeiro. Before dedicating his life completely to literature, he worked as theatre director and actor, lyricist and journalist. In 1986, PAULO COELHO did the pilgrimage to Saint James of Compostella, an experience later to be documented in his book The Pilgrimage. In the following year, COELHO published The Alchemist. Slow in ...more
“When someone leaves, it's because someone else is about to arrive.” 4172 likes
“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.”
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