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Contents : PAULO COELHO The Zahir A NOVEL OF OBSESSION Translated from the Portuguese by Margaret Jull Costa O Mary conceived without sin pray for us who turn to you. Amen ABOUT THE AUTHOR Born in Brazil PAULO COELHO is one of the most beloved writers of our time renowned for his international bestseller The Alchemist. His books have been translated into 59 languages and published in 150 countries. He is also the recipient of numerous prestigious international awards among them the Crystal Award by the World Economic Forum France's Chevalier de l'Ordre National de la L gion d'Honneur and Germany's Bambi 2001 Award. He was inducted into the Brazilian Academy of Letters in 2002. Mr. Coelho writes a weekly column syndicated throughout the world. Visit www.AuthorTracker.com for exclusive information on your favorite HarperCollins author. ALSO BY PAULO COELHO The Alchemist The Pilgrimage The Valkyries By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept The Fifth Mountain Veronika Decides to Die Warrior of the Light: A Manual Eleven Minutes CREDITS Photograph of mountains Romilly Lockyer / Getty Images Photograph of woman Superstock Copyright Copyright 2005 by Paulo Coelho. English translation copyright 2005 Margaret Jull Costa. All rights reserved under International and Pan-American Copyright Conventions. By payment of the required fees you have been granted the non-exclusive non-transferable right to access and read the text of this e-book on-screen. No part of this text may be reproduced transmitted down-loaded decompiled reverse engineered or stored in or introduced into any information storage and retrieval system in any form or by any means whether electronic or mechanical now known or hereinafter invented without the express written permission of PerfectBoundTM. THE ZAHIR: A NOVEL OF OBSESSION. A DF Books NERDs Release PerfectBoundTM and the PerfectBoundTM logo are trademarks of HarperCollins Publishers Inc. Mobipocket Reader August 2005 ISBN 0-06-088376-6 Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Coelho Paulo. Zahir. English The Zahir: a novel of obsession / Paulo Coelho translated from the Portuguese by Margaret Jull Costa.--Ist US ed. p. cm. ISBN 10: 0-06-082521-9 (hardcover: alk. paper) ISBN 13: 978-0-06-082521-8 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 What man of you having an hundred sheep if he lose one of them doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness and go after that which is lost until he find it LUKE 15:4 ITHACA When you set out on your journey to Ithaca pray that the road is long full of adventure full of knowledge. The Lestrygonians and the Cyclops the angry Poseidon--do not fear them: You will never find such as these on your path if your thoughts remain lofty if a fine emotion touches your spirit and your body. The Lestrygonians and the Cyclops the fierce Poseidon you will never encounter if you do not carry them within your soul if your heart does not set them up before you. Pray that the road is long. That the summer mornings are many when with such pleasure with such joy you will enter ports seen for the first time stop at Phoenician markets and purchase fine merchandise mother-of-pearl and coral amber and ebony and sensual perfumes of all kinds as many sensual perfumes as you can visit many Egyptian cities to learn and learn from scholars. Always keep Ithaca in your mind. To arrive there is your ultimate goal. But do not hurry the voyage at all. It is better to let it last for many years and to anchor at the island when you are old rich with all you have gained on the way not expecting that Ithaca will offer you riches. Ithaca has given you the beautiful voyage. Without her you would never have set out on the road. She has nothing more to give you. And if you find her poor Ithaca has not deceived you. Wise as you have become with so much experience you must already have understood what Ithacas mean. CONSTANTINE CAVAFY (1863 1933) translated by Rae Dalven DEDICATION In the car I mentioned that I had finished the first draft of my book. Later as we set out together to climb a mountain in the Pyrenees which we both consider to be sacred and where we have already shared some extraordinary moments I asked if she wanted to know the main theme of the book or its title she would love to she said but out of respect for my work she had until then asked nothing she had simply felt glad--very glad. So I told her the title and the main theme. We continued walking in silence and on the way back we heard a noise the wind was getting up passing above the leafless trees and coming down toward us causing the mountain once more to reveal its magic and its power. Suddenly the snow began to fall. I stopped and stood contemplating that moment: the snowflakes falling the gray sky the forest the woman by my side. The woman who has always been by my side. I felt like telling her then but decided to let her find out when she read these pages for the first time. This book is dedicated to you Christina my wife. According to the writer Jorge Luis Borges the idea of the Zahir comes from Islamic tradition and is thought to have arisen at some point in the eighteenth century. Zahir in Arabic means visible present incapable of going unnoticed. It is someone or something which once we have come into contact with them or it gradually occupies our every thought until we can think of nothing else. This can be considered either a state of holiness or of madness. FAUBOURG SAINT-P RES Encyclopaedia of the Fantastic (1953) CONTENTS O Mary... What man of you having an hundred sheep if he lose... ITHACA DEDICATION According to the writer Jorge Luis Borges...
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