The Shadow of the Wind (Paperback)

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By Carlos Ruiz Zafon, Lucia Graves (Translated by)
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Bookseller: Mark
Title: The Shadow of the Wind


This highly-satisfying melodrama has all the elements of old-style literary novels & reads as if from the pen of Victor Hugo. Starting with an indelible scene of our hero Daniel being taken to "the Cemetery of Forgotten Books" by his bookseller father, it propels us through suspenseful small chapters of domed love in post-war Barcelona, whee Daniel's quest to uncover the story of forgotten author Julian Carax doubles-dare I say shadows - his own need to recover htrough reading & make real his own life's memories (Huh?)

Mysterious, gothic scenes of relentless evil paired with the 'immortal life-force' unreel like a noirish film of the 40's with stock characters, some of whom, like your favorite actors, rise above the action to moments of resonant courage. This is a 'good read' on many levels, an old-fashioned' page-turner & I recommend it heartily.

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The New York Times bestseller

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

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 Julián 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.

About the Author

Carlos Ruiz Zafón was 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 was the author of The Shadow of the Wind, The Angel's Game, The Prince of Mist, The Midnight Palace, The Prisoner of Heaven, and, most recently, The City of Mist (2021), published posthumously. He died in 2020. 

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

"The Shadow of the Wind will keep you up nights—and it'll be time well spent. Absolutely marvelous." —Kirkus (starred review)

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