The Shadow of the Wind (Paperback)

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By Carlos Ruiz Zafon, Lucia Graves (Translated by)
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Has there ever been a better book written for lovers of books? That was my immediate reaction after reading The Shadow of the Wind by Spanish novelist Carlos Ruiz Zafron. Written in 2001, the English translation finally appeared in the United States in 2005 after international acclaim.

In post WWII Barcelona, a young boy is taken to the Cemetery of Forgotten Books by his bookseller father. He is allowed to choose one book to adopt and care for. His selection triggers a complex tale of mystery, romance, obsession, politics, and evil. This intricate story is beautifully written and somewhat magical in the way in which its many threads are woven together.

Memorable quotes are scattered throughout the book such as: "...that the art of reading is slowly dying, that it's an intimate ritual, that a book is a mirror that offers us only what we carry inside us..." This is a literary treasure to share with other book lovers in your life.

— From Art

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"Gabriel García Márquez 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 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.

“ 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 ZAFÓN 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