The Shadow of the Wind
Hidden in the heart of the old city of Barcelona is the 'cemetery of lost books', a labyrinthine library of obscure and forgotten titles long 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 the book, a character who turns out to be the devil. This man is tracking down every last copy of Carax's works 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.
- 138 x 138 x 16mm | 181.44g
- 04 Jun 2009
- Orion Publishing Co
- Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
- London, United Kingdom
- Abridged edition
'Gothic twists lurk in the shadows of post-war Spain Zafon's atmospheric novel, read by actor James Wilby which will delight fans of Umberto Eco' WATERSTONE'S BOOKS QUARTERLY
About Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Carlos Ruiz Zafon was born in Barcelona and grew up under the shadow of Gaudi's Sagrada Familia cathedral. For a few years he lived in Los Angeles, working as a screenwriter, and has published four novels for young-adults before escaping everything to write The Shadow of the Wind, a novel that has become an international literary phenomenon in over 20 countries. His work has been translated into 17 languages. Now back in Barcelona, he is working on a new novel.