The Shadow of the Wind

The Shadow of the Wind

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Hidden in the heart of the old city of Barcelona is the 'cemetery of lost books', a labyrinthine library of obscure and forgotten titles that have long gone out of print. To this library, a man brings his 10-year-old son Daniel one cold morning in 1945. Daniel is allowed to choose one book from the shelves and pulls out 'La Sombra del Viento' by Julian Carax. But as he grows up, several people seem inordinately interested in his find. Then, one night, as he is wandering the old streets once more, Daniel is approached by a figure who reminds him of a character from La Sombra del Viento, a character who turns out to be the devil. This man is tracking down every last copy of Carax's work in order to burn them. What begins as a case of literary curiosity turns into a race to find out the truth behind the life and death of Julian Carax and to save those he left behind. A page-turning exploration of obsession in literature and love, and the places that obsession can lead.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 512 pages
  • 110 x 176 x 38mm | 322.05g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Open market ed
  • 0752859544
  • 9780752859545
  • 42,472

About Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Carlos Ruiz Zafon was born in Barcelona in 1964. He won the Premio Edebe for his first novel, Prince of the Mists and La Sombra del Viento is a finalist for the Premio Lara. He lives in Los Angeles and works as a scriptwriter.show more

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320,004 ratings
4.24 out of 5 stars
5 50% (158,508)
4 32% (102,336)
3 13% (42,509)
2 4% (11,840)
1 2% (4,811)

Our customer reviews

This is a wonderful book! I loved every moment of this dark tale. It was recommended to me by my school librarian when I was about grade 9 and changed the way I think about reading. I had previously not really read more 'literary' style novels, but this really caught my attention. I would certainly recommend this! The Angel's Game is also very good.show more
by Emily Mayes
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