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The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

With the passion of García Márquez, the irony of Dickens, and the necromancy of Poe, Carlos Ruiz Zafón spins a web of intrigue so thick that it ensnares the reader from the very first line.

The Shadow of the Wind is an ode to the art of reading, but it is also the perfect example of the all-encompassing power of a well-told story.

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At the first light of dawn in postwar Barcelona, a bookseller leads his motherless son to a mysterious crypt called the Cemetery of Forgotten Books.

This labyrinthine sanctuary houses the books that have lost their owners, books that are no longer remembered by anyone. It is here that ten-year-old Daniel Sempere pulls a single book—The Shadow of the Wind—off of the dusty shelves to adopt as his own. With one fateful turn of a page, he begins an adventure that will unravel another man’s tragedy and solve a mystery that has already taken many lives and will shape his entire future.

When Daniel speaks with Gustavo Barceló, a local booktrader, to find out more about his new treasure, word begins to spread that he has uncovered a long-sought rarity, perhaps the only copy of any of Julián Carax’s works in existence. Soon after, a mysterious stranger whom Daniel recognizes as Laín Coubert, the leather-masked, cigarette-smoking devil from Carax’s novel, propositions Daniel, offering to buy the book from him for an astronomical price.

Daniel refuses, in spite of the man’s thinly veiled threats. With the help of his bookselling friends, Daniel discovers that Laín Coubert has cut a swath of destruction through two countries, methodically searching for and destroying all of Carax’s books while erasing every trace of Carax’s life.

The Shadow of the Wind is a coming-of-age tale of a young boy who, through the magic of a single book, finds a purpose greater than himself and a hero in a man he’s never met.

Weight 386 g
Dimensions 193 × 135 × 32 mm
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Praise

If someone thought that the genuine gothic novel had died in the 19th century, this book will change their mind. This is a novel full of splendour and hidden trapdoors in which even the subplots have subplots. In Zafón’s hands, each scene reads as though it has come out of Orson Welles’ early films. You have to be a true romantic to appreciate it fully but if you are, this is an incredible read

Stephen King

Tremendously good… the story is incredibly well rounded. The doses of humour, terror, politics and romance are well measured… and the overall effect is very satisfying. Zafón, an ex-scriptwriter, is particularly good at contrast and rhythm: the book’s four hundred pages pass incredibly quickly

Sunday Telegraph

García Márquez, Umberto Eco and Jorge Luis Borges meet in a magical, overflowing spectacle, of unnerving perspicacity and definitive wonder, written by the Spanish novelist Carlos Ruiz Zafón

New York Times

Ruiz Zafón’s pages will bewitch anyone who reads them for a couple of days. The man’s narrative talent is overwhelming

El Mundo

1 review for The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

  1. Adam Garcia

    This is going down as one of my favourite books. What I enjoyed most about The Shadow of the Wind was how my opinions of each of the characters changed throughout the book as Zafón gradually reveals a little more of their pasts. Once I got to grips with the parallel stories of present, past and the book within the book I was completely hooked on finding out how each storyline progressed and seeing how they weaved together in the end. Already looking forward to reading more of Zafón’s books

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Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Carlos Ruiz Zafón is the author of seven novels, including the New York Times bestseller The Prince of Mist and the international phenomena The Shadow of the Wind and The Angel’s Game. His work has been published in more than fifty countries and honoured with numerous awards. He divides his time between Barcelona, Spain, and Los Angeles, California.