El Zahir: Una Novela de Obsesion [NOOK Book]


El narrador de El Zahir es un aclamado autor de renombre internacional que vive en Francia y disfruta de los privilegios que le otorgan su fama y su dinero. Esther, su esposa de hace diez años, es corresponsal de guerra y a pesar de su éxito profesional, y su relativa libertad de los confines tradicionales del matrimonio, se enfrenta a una crisis existencial que la atormenta silenciosamente. Un día, Esther desaparece con su amigo Mikhail -- quien podría o no ser su amante -- y, perplejas ante la ausencia de ...

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El narrador de El Zahir es un aclamado autor de renombre internacional que vive en Francia y disfruta de los privilegios que le otorgan su fama y su dinero. Esther, su esposa de hace diez años, es corresponsal de guerra y a pesar de su éxito profesional, y su relativa libertad de los confines tradicionales del matrimonio, se enfrenta a una crisis existencial que la atormenta silenciosamente. Un día, Esther desaparece con su amigo Mikhail -- quien podría o no ser su amante -- y, perplejas ante la ausencia de indicios, las autoridades deciden cuestionar al narrador. Todos se preguntan si Esther fue secuestrada o asesinada, o si fue que simplemente decidió abandonar un matrimonio que la dejaba insatisfecha. El narrador no tiene las respuestas pero poco a poco comienza a interrogarse sobre su propia existencia.

Sin embargo un día, Mikhail, el hombre con quien Esther fue visto por última vez, encuentra al narrador y promete llevarlo a donde se encuentra su mujer. Se embarcan un viaje que los lleva del suntuoso glamour de Paris, a Kazakhstan, el lugar de origen de Mikhail. Y es en este misterioso lugar, marcado por una historia a la vez trágica y espiritualmente poderosa, que el narrador comienza a hacer sorprendentes descubrimientos sobre si mismo.

Esta evocadora novela escrita por el aclamado autor de los bestsellers internacionales El Alquimista y Once Minutos es la fascinante historia de una obsesión por recuperar un amor perdido, y una búsqueda por comprender cómo se relaciona con la libertad, la realización personal, y la necesidad que cada cual tiene de alcanzar sus metas.

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"One day, because of a woman, I made a long pilgrimage to find my dream. Many years later, the same woman made me set off again; this time to rediscover the man who had gotten lost along the way." In this stunning Spanish-language novel of pilgrimage and obsession, a renowned novelist leaves the splendors of Paris to search for his wife in war-torn Kazakhstan.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062226471
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/10/2012
  • Language: Spanish
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 264,890
  • File size: 349 KB

Meet the Author

Paulo Coelho

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 theater director, actor, lyricist, and journalist. Coelho wrote song lyrics for many famous performers in Brazilian music, such as Elis Regina and Rita Lee, yet he is best known for his work with Raul Seixas. Together they wrote such successes as "Eu nasci há dez mil anos atrás" ("I Was Born Ten Thousand Years Ago"), "Gita," and "Al Capone."

His fascination with the spiritual quest dates back to his hippie days, when he travelled the world learning about secret societies, oriental religions, etc. In 1982, Coelho published his first book, Hell Archives, which failed to make any kind of impact. In 1985, he contributed to the Practical Manual of Vampirism, although he later tried to take it off the shelves, since he considered it "of bad quality." In 1986, Paulo Coelho did the pilgrimage to Saint James of Compostella, an experience later to be documented in his book The Pilgrimage.


His books have been translated into 56 languages, topped bestseller lists throughout the world, and scored him such celebrity fans as Julia Roberts, Bill Clinton, and Madonna; yet for Brazilian publishing phenom Paulo Colho, the road to success has been strewn with a number of obstacles, many of them rooted in his troubled past.

As a youth, Coelho was expected to follow in the footsteps of his father, a professional engineer. When he rebelled, expressing his intentions to become a writer, his parents had him committed to a psychiatric hospital where he was subjected to electro-shock therapy. He left home to join the 1970s countercultural revolution, experimenting with drugs, dabbling in black magic, and getting involved in Brazil's bohemian art and music scene. He teamed with rock musician Raul Seixas for an extremely successful songwriting partnership that changed the face of Brazilian pop -- and put a lot of money in Coelho's pockets. He also joined an anti-capitalist organization called the Alternative Society which attracted the attention of Brazil's military dictatorship. Marked down as a subversive, he was imprisoned and tortured.

Amazingly, Coelho survived these horrific experiences. He left the hippie lifestyle behind, went to work in the record industry, and began to write, but without much success. Then, in the mid-1980s, during a trip to Europe, he met a man, an unnamed mentor he refers to only as "J," who inducted him into Regnum Agnus Mundi, a secret society that blends Catholicism with a sort of New Age mysticism. At J's urging, Coelho journeyed across el Camino de Santiago, the legendary Spanish road traversed by pilgrims since the Middle Ages. He chronicled this life-changing, 500-mile journey -- the culmination of decades of soul-searching -- in The Pilgrimage, published in 1987.

The following year, Coelho wrote The Alchemist, the inspirational fable for which he is best known. The first edition sold so poorly the publisher decided not to reprint it. Undaunted, Coelho moved to a larger publishing house that seemed more interested in his work. When his third novel (1990's Brida) proved successful, the resulting media buzz carried The Alchemist all the way to the top of the charts. Released in the U.S. by HarperCollins in 1993, The Alchemist became a word-of-mouth sensation, turning Coelho into a cult hero.

Since then, he has gone on to create his own distinct literary brand -- an amalgam of allegory and self-help filled with spiritual themes and symbols. In his novels, memoirs, and aphoristic nonfiction, he returns time and again to the concepts of quest and transformation and has often said that writing has helped connect him to his soul. While his books have not always been reviewed favorably and have often become the subject of strong cultural and philosophical debate, there is no doubt that this self-described "pilgrim writer" has struck a chord in readers everywhere. In the 2009 edition of the Guiness Book of World Records, Coelho was named the most translated living author -- with William Shakespeare the most translated of all time!

Good To Know

Few writers are able to accomplish what Coelho can in just two to four weeks -- which is how long it takes for him to write an entire novel.

Before become a bestselling novelist, Coelho was a writer of a different sort. He co-wrote more than 60 songs with Brazilian musician Raul Seixas.

Coelho is the founder of the Paulo Coelho Institute, a non-profit organization funded by his royalties that raises money for underprivileged children and the elderly in his homeland of Brazil.

In our interview with Coelho, he shared some fascinating facts about himself:

"I have been practicing archery for a long time; a bow and arrow helps me to unwind."

"In writing, I apply my feminine side and respect the mystery involved in creation."

"I love almost everything about my work, except conferences. I am too shy in front of an audience. But I love signings and having eye contact with a reader who already knows my soul."

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    1. Hometown:
      Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    1. Date of Birth:
      August 24, 1947
    2. Place of Birth:
      Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    1. Education:
      Left law school in second year
    2. Website:

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Zahir SPA, El

Una Novela de Obsesion
By Paulo Coelho

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2006 Paulo Coelho
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0060831316

Capitulo Uno

Inmediatamente me ponen bajo sospecha, y soy detenido --ya que me negaba a decir mi paradero el dia de su desaparicion. Pero el carcelero acaba de abrir la puerta, y ha dicho que soy un hombre libre.

Por que soy un hombre libre? Porque hoy en dia todo el mundo lo sabe todo de todo el mundo, solo con desear la informacion, ahi esta: donde se utilizo la tarjeta de credito, sitios que frecuentamos, con quien dormimos. En mi caso, fue mas facil: una mujer, tambien periodista, amiga de mi mujer, pero divorciada --y, por tanto sin problema en decir que estaba conmigo-- se ofrecio para atestiguar a mi favor al saber que habia sido detenido. Dio pruebas concretas de que estaba con ella el dia y la noche de la desaparicion de Esther.

Voy a hablar con el inspector jefe, que me devuelve mis cosas, me pide disculpas, afirma que mi rapida detencion se hizo bajo el amparo de la ley, y que no podre acusar ni procesar al Estado. Le explico que no tengo la menor intencion de hacerlo, se que cualquiera esta siempre bajo sospecha, y es vigilado 24 horas al dia, aunque no haya cometido ningun crimen.

--Es usted libre --dice, repitiendo las palabras del carcelero.

Le pregunto: no es posible que realmente le haya ocurridoalgo a mi mujer? Ella ya me habia comentado que, por culpa de su enorme red de contactos en el submundo del terrorismo, alguna vez que otra sentia que sus pasos eran seguidos de lejos.

El inspector desvia la conversacion. Yo insisto, pero no me dice nada.

Le pregunto si ella puede viajar con su pasaporte, el dice que si, ya que no ha cometido ningun crimen: por que no iba a poder salir y entrar libremente del pais?

--Entonces existe la posibilidad de que ya no este en Francia?

--Cree usted que lo ha abandonado por culpa de la mujer con la que se acuesta?

No es asunto suyo, respondo. El inspector deja un segundo lo que esta haciendo, se pone serio, dice que me han detenido porque es el procedimiento de rutina, pero que siente mucho la desaparicion de mi mujer. Tambien el esta casado, y aunque no le gusten mis libros (entonces sabe quien soy! No es tan ignorante como parece!), es capaz de ponerse en mi situacion, sabe que es dificil lo que estoy pasando.

Le pregunto que debo hacer a partir de ahora. Me da su tarjeta, me pide que le informe si tengo alguna noticia-- es una escena que veo en todas las peliculas, no me convence, los inspectores siempre saben mas de lo que cuentan.

Me pregunta si habia visto alguna vez a la persona que estaba con Esther la ultima vez que fue vista. Respondo que sabia su nombre en clave, pero que nunca lo habia conocido personalmente.

Me pregunta si tenemos problemas en casa. Le digo que estamos juntos desde hace mas de diez anos, y que tenemos todos los problemas normales de una pareja, ni mas ni menos.

Me pregunta, delicadamente, si habiamos hablado recientemente de divorcio, o si mi mujer estaba considerando separarse. Respondo que esa hipotesis jamas existio, aunque --y repito, "como todas las parejas"-- tuviesemos algunas discusiones de vez en cuando.

Con frecuencia o de vez en cuando?

De vez en cuando, insisto.

Me pregunta mas delicadamente aun, si ella desconfiaba de mi aventura con su amiga. Le digo que fue la primera --y la ultima vez-- que nos acostamos. No era una aventura, en realidad era por la ausencia de obligaciones, el dia era aburrido, no tenia nada que hacer despues de la comida, el juego de la seduccion es algo que siempre nos despierta a la vida, y por eso acabamos en la cama.

--Se va usted a la cama con alguien solo porque el dia es aburrido?

Pienso en contestarle que no forma parte de la investigacion este tipo de preguntas, pero necesito su complicidad, tal vez lo necesite mas adelante -- despues de todo, hay una institucion invisible llamada Banco de Favores, que siempre me ha sido muy util.

--A veces pasa. No hay nada interesante que hacer, ella busca emociones, yo busco aventura, y ya esta. Al dia siguiente, ambos fingimos que no ha pasado nada, y la vida sigue adelante.

El me lo agradece, me tiende la mano, dice que en su mundo no es del todo asi. Hay aburrimiento, tedio, e incluso ganas de irse a la cama con alguien, pero las cosas son mucho mas controladas, y nadie hace lo que piensa o quiere.

--Tal vez con los artistas las cosas sean mas libres --comenta.

Respondo que conozco su mundo, pero no quiero entrar ahora en comparaciones sobre nuestras diferentes opiniones de la sociedad y de los seres humanos. Permanezco en silencio, aguardando el siguiente paso.


Excerpted from Zahir SPA, El by Paulo Coelho Copyright © 2006 by Paulo Coelho. Excerpted by permission.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.

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    Posted August 27, 2013

    Facial room


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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2009

    Another great book by Paulo Coelho

    I really enjoyed this book. The story is very interesting and the ending is pretty surprising. Great motivator for relationship growth.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2005

    un libro intenso y maravilloso.

    El Zahir es un libro sencillamente especial. Solo lo puede interpretar el que esta listo para ello. Es una historia de vida.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2005

    Simplemente Majestuoso

    Entre los libros que he leido en toda mi vida,(muchos), este es uno de esos que no puedes olvidar. Paulo Coelho escribe sobre temas de mucho interes y nos able la mente a un mundo de pasion.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2005

    le falto algo, no es el mejor.

    No me gusta el sentimiento de obsecion, y menos si se trata de amor, paulo tiene mejores y exellentes obras.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2005


    Amazing. Impressive. The book is a balsam for the wounds of the wounded hearts. A jewel

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2005

    The worse Paulo C. Book

    I don't like the way the book is written. So boring. I have read all the Paulo's books, this one is inferior. I felt I wasted my money.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2005

    Una Búsqueda Agotadora

    Esperaba algo más, me quedé con una extraña sensación de que falto algo. La búsuqeda de Esther parecía nunca terminar.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2005

    Paulo Coelho is simply the best!

    There is no enough words about Paulo Coelho to describe his talent in writting good books. This Brazilian worldwide best-seller shows up again with a magneficent book to touch our lives in so many special ways: El Zahir.

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