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zahir, paulo coelho
Title: The Zahir
Author: Paulo Coelho
Publisher: Harper Torch
Paulo Coelho’s new novel is about obsession. We know that
because it says “A Novel of Obsession” on the cover, and mentions
the word on the back cover too in case we have gone straight there without
stopping to read the front cover. Then the book devotes a prefacing note
with an explanation (attributed to Jorge Luis Borges, so we know we are
in the presence of cleverness here) that the title Zahir is an Arabic word
for a person seized by obsession. There are also several other prefaces
from classical and Biblical sources about, erm, obsession. So the book
is about obsession. Are you paying attention back there?
Words of praise for Weed from a publisher in London.
"... it’s really witty and very strong ... I would compare the writing to Robert Rankin, or a really satirically biting Tom Sharpe, and will say again that I’m really impressed by it"