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 | 416 pages
  • 152 x 228 x 44mm | 598.75g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0753819317
  • 9780753819319
  • 152,103

About Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Carlos Ruiz Zafon is the author of six novels, including the international phenomenon The Shadow of the Wind, and The Angel's Game. His work has been published in more than forty different languages, and honoured with numerous international awards. He divides his time between Barcelona, Spain, and Los Angeles, California.show more

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306,098 ratings
4.23 out of 5 stars
5 49% (150,944)
4 32% (98,066)
3 13% (40,954)
2 4% (11,454)
1 2% (4,680)

Our customer reviews

It is an enjoyable book and there are enough mysteries that at times take on the aspect of the supernatural. Easy reading, swiftly paced and entertaining, it brilliantly mingles romance and intrigue and you are so captured by the story that you reach the end in an incredible speed.show more
by Sonia Mengoni
Let Zafon take you to a magical place: the cemetary of forgotten books. The main character, Daniel, is an intelligent little boy - yet he is very human, he has his faults and makes mistakes just like the rest of us. The story takes place in a dark and gloomy Barcelona, before Franco came to power and before the Ramblas were overwhelmed with tourists. Come visit Tibidabo, follow Daniel into the bar Els Quattre Gats (which still exists, Picasso used to be a regular client there) and explore the labyrinth of Horta. Barcelona is a wonderfull city, and while reading the story you can almost smell the city's salty breeze... A must read for fans of good literature, I was so intrigued it took me only a week to finish the book!show more
by Anke Joosens
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