The Shadow of the Wind (Paperback)

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By Carlos Ruiz Zafon, Lucia Graves (Translator)
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In post-WWII Barcelona, a boy comes across a rare novel. By seeking out
the history of its mysterious author, he finds himself enmeshed in a
tangled net of treachery, love, family and murder. The writing is
classically exquisite, but often with a darkly comic edge. This layered
story unfolds gradually, luring the reader in with Zafon's masterful
prose. Before you know it, you're hooked!

— Michael

The romantic, mysterious streets of post civil war Barcelona come to life in this wonderfully told tale. A young boy, Daniel Sempere, visits a secret library and finds a mysterious book that is destined to change his life. When he decides to find out more about the author of the book he embarks on a tale of intrigue, love, friendship, adventure, and even a touch of the supernatural. You will never think of Barcelona in the same way after you read this!-- Sharon

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Description


"Gabriel Garcia Marquez meets Umberto Eco meets Jorge Luis Borges for a sprawling magic show." --The New York Times Book Review

A New York Times Bestseller

Barcelona, 1945: A city slowly heals in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War, and Daniel, an antiquarian book dealer's son who mourns the loss of his mother, finds solace in a mysterious book entitled The Shadow of the Wind, by one Julian Carax. But when he sets out to find the author's other works, he makes a shocking discovery: someone has been systematically destroying every copy of every book Carax has written. In fact, Daniel may have the last of Carax's books in existence. Soon Daniel's seemingly innocent quest opens a door into one of Barcelona's darkest secrets--an epic story of murder, madness, and doomed love.

" Anyone who enjoys novels that are scary, erotic, touching, tragic and thrilling should rush right out to the nearest bookstore and pick up The Shadow of the Wind. Really, you should." --Michael Dirda, The Washington Post

"Wonderous... masterful... The Shadow of the Wind is ultimately a love letter to literature, intended for readers as passionate about storytelling as its young hero." --Entertainment Weekly (Editor's Choice)

"One gorgeous read." --Stephen King

About the Author


CARLOS RUIZ ZAFON is one of the world's most read and best-loved writers. His work has been translated into more than forty languages and published around the world, garnering numerous international prizes and reaching millions of readers. He divides his time between Barcelona and Los Angeles. He is the author of The Shadow of the Wind, The Angel's Game, The Prince of Mist, The Midnight Palace, and, most recently, The Prisoner of Heaven. LUCIA GRAVES is the author and translator of many works and has overseen Spanish-language editions of the poetry of her father, Robert Graves.

Praise For…


“ Anyone who enjoys novels that are scary, erotic, touching, tragic and thrilling should rush right out to the nearest bookstore and pick up The Shadow of the Wind. Really, you should.”
—Michael Dirda, The Washington Post

"Gabriel Garcia Marquez meets Umberto Eco meets Jorge Luis Borges for a sprawling magic show." --The New York Times Book Review

"Wonderous... masterful... The Shadow of the Wind is ultimately a love letter to literature, intended for readers as passionate about storytelling as its young hero." --Entertainment Weekly (Editor's Choice)

"One gorgeous read." --Stephen King

Product Details
ISBN: 9780143034902
ISBN-10: 0143034901
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: January 25th, 2005
Pages: 512
Language: English