Carlos Ruiz Zafón The Shadow of the Wind (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books, Book 1)


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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. 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.

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.

About the Author

Often hailed as the most widely read Spanish author since Cervantes, Carlos Ruiz Zafón was an internationally bestselling novelist and the author of The Shadow of the Wind.Before the publication of his first novel in 1993, Zafón worked in advertising. His debut The Prince of Mist first appeared
in English in 2010. Zafón is best-known for his internationally acclaimed The Shadow of the Wind (2001) – the first volume in a four-novel cycle collectively called The Cemetery of Forgotten Books. Set in Barcelona, with a labyrinthine narrative of interlocking stories and mysteries, the series
has become a global phenomenon. It was followed by The Angel's Game (2009) and The Prisoner of Heaven (2012). The final part of the quartet, The Labyrinth of Spirits, was published in English in 2018.

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'A magical tale.' - Cecilia Ahern

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