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Carlos Ruiz Zafon - Author

About the Author

Carlos Ruiz Zafón was born in Barcelona and grew up under the shadow of Gaudi's Sagrada Familia cathedral, just a block away from the family home. For a few years he lived in Los Angeles, working as a screenwriter, and has published four novels for young-adults before escaping everything to write THE SHADOW OF THE WIND, a novel that has become an international literary phenomenon in over 20 countries. His work has been translated into 17 languages. Now back in Barcelona, he is presently at work on a new novel.

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Marina

Marina

Author: Carlos Ruiz Zafon Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/09/2013

'Fifteen years on, the remembrance of that day has returned to me. I have seen that boy wandering through the mist of the railway station, and the name of Marina has flared up again like a fresh wound. We all have a secret buried under lock and key in the attic of our soul. This is mine...' In May 1980, 15-year-old Oscar Drai suddenly vanishes from his boarding school in the old quarter of Barcelona. For seven days and nights no one knows his whereabouts...His story begins in the heart of old Barcelona, when he meets Marina and her father German Blau, a portrait painter. Marina takes Oscar to a cemetery to watch a macabre ritual that occurs on the fourth Sunday of each month. At 10 a.m. precisely a coach pulled by black horses appears. From it descends a woman dressed in black, her face shrouded, wearing gloves, holding a single rose. She walks over to a gravestone that bears no name, only the mysterious emblem of a black butterfly with open wings. When Oscar and Marina decide to follow her they begin a journey that will take them to the heights of a forgotten, post-war Barcelona, a world of aristocrats and actresses, inventors and tycoons; and a dark secret that lies waiting in the mysterious labyrinth beneath the city streets.

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The Prisoner of Heaven

The Prisoner of Heaven

Author: Carlos Ruiz Zafon Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/04/2013

THE PRISONER OF HEAVEN returns to the world of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books and the Sempere & Sons bookshop. It begins just before Christmas in Barcelona in 1957, one year after Daniel and Bea from THE SHADOW OF THE WIND have married. They now have a son, Julian, and are living with Daniel's father at Sempere & Sons. Fermin still works with them and is busy preparing for his wedding to Bernarda in the New Year. However something appears to be bothering him. Daniel is alone in the shop one morning when a mysterious figure with a pronounced limp enters. He spots one of their most precious volumes that is kept locked in a glass cabinet, a beautiful and unique illustrated edition of HE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO. Despite the fact that the stranger seems to care little for books, he wants to buy this expensive edition. Then, to Daniel's surprise, the man inscribes the book with the words 'To Fermin Romero de Torres, who came back from the dead and who holds the key to the future'. This visit leads back to a story of imprisonment, betrayal and the return of a deadly rival ...

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Other books by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Der Gefangene des Himmels

Der Gefangene des Himmels

Author: Carlos Ruiz Zafon Format: eBook Release Date: 06/12/2012

Der packendste und temporeichste Roman des groen Carlos Ruiz Zafon, der mit den beiden Weltbestsellern Der Schatten des Windes und Das Spiel des Engels Millionen Leser auf der ganzen Welt in den Bann schlug.Jah wird das traumschone Barcelona aus dem Schlummer gerissen und zum Schauplatz eines rasanten Abenteuers: Als Fermin, ein charmanter Herumtreiber und Freund der Buchhandler Sempere, uberraschend Besuch von einem mysteriosen Fremden bekommt, holen ihn finstere Intrigen aus der Zeit des Spanischen Burgerkriegs ein. Sie drohen nicht nur sein Leben und Liebesgluck zu zerstoren, sondern schlingen sich bald auch um das Gluck seiner Freunde ... Spannender und temporeicher als je zuvor entfuhrt uns Carlos Ruiz Zafon mit erzahlerischem Furor in eine magische Geschichte von Verfolgung, Liebe und Freundschaft.

Prisoner of Heaven

Prisoner of Heaven

Author: Carlos Ruiz Zafon Format: eBook Release Date: 10/07/2012

Once again, internationally acclaimed, New York Times bestselling author Carlos Ruiz Zafn creates a rich, labyrinthine tale of love, literature, passion, and revenge, set in a dark, gothic Barcelona, in which the heroes of The Shadow of the Wind and The Angel's Game must contend with a nemesis that threatens to destroy them.Gabriel Garca Mrquez meets Umberto Eco meets Jorge Luis Borges for a sprawling magic show."e; New York Times Book Review on Shadow of the Wind

The Midnight Palace

The Midnight Palace

Author: Carlos Ruiz Zafon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/07/2012

A mesmerising story of a secret society and a labyrinthine railway station with a dark past. The book begins with a chase through the streets of Calcutta in May 1916. Lieutenant Peake pauses for breath outside the ruins of the Jheeter's Gate station knowing that he only has a few hours to live. Inside his overcoat he is sheltering two newborn babies - twins, a boy and a girl. Peake entrusts them to Aryami Bose. Sixteen years later we meet the boy, Ben, and his friends. They have formed a secret club, The Chowbar Society, which meets each week at midnight in the old ruin they have christened The Midnight Palace. Then Aryami Bose turns up with Sheere, Ben's sister, and tells them the story of the parents they never knew. Their father was an engineer and writer who died in tragic circumstances at the inauguration of Jheeter's Gate station. But as the novel unfolds, there is more to their history than meets the eye and they are lured by a shadowy figure from the past into a final showdown in the ruins.

Der dunkle Wachter

Der dunkle Wachter

Author: Carlos Ruiz Zafon Format: eBook Release Date: 23/08/2011

Carlos Ruiz Zafons groer SchauerromanCravenmoore - so heit das geheimnisumwobene Anwesen, auf dem der Spielzeugfabrikant Lazarus Jann mit zahllosen seiner Konstruktionen lebt: mechanischen Menschen, die ihm Diener und Gesellschaft sind und ihn vor den dunklen Schatten seiner Vergangenheit bewahren sollen. Familie Sauvelle, die Lazarus aus seiner Einsamkeit reit, weckt auch sein morderisches Geheimnis aus jahrelangem Schlaf. Ein brutaler Mord reit die Familie aus ihrem neuen Gluck. Der Sommer an der blauen Bucht, der so strahlend begann, konnte ihr letzter werden.Nach dem Tod ihres Mannes zieht Simone Sauvelle mit ihrer Tochter Irene und ihrem Sohn Dorian in ein kleines Dorf an der Kuste der Normandie. Ihr neuer Job auf dem Anwesen Cravenmoore verspricht nach Jahren der Entbehrung endlich einen glanzenden Neuanfang. Schnell verbindet die Sauvelles eine enge Freundschaft mit dem liebenswerten Spielzeugfabrikanten, doch die prunkvollen Mauern von Cravenmoore werden vor allem Irene und ihrem neuen Freund Ismael immer unheimlicher.Warum durfen sie bestimmte Zimmer nicht betreten und warum ist die schwerkranke Frau des Fabrikanten nie zu sehen? Was hat es mit den geheimnisvollen Septemberlichtern auf sich, die vom Leuchtturm drohen? Als ein brutaler Mord geschieht, versuchen Irene und Ismael das Geheimnis von Cravenmoore aufzudecken und wecken damit die dunklen Schatten der Vergangenheit. Der spanische Bestsellerautor Carlos Ruiz Zafon, der mit "e;Der Schatten des Windes"e; Millionen von Lesern auf der ganzen Welt begeisterte, ist ein Meister des Unheimlichen, ein Meister des Schauerromans. Mit Der dunkle Wachter weiht uns Zafon in ein dunkles Geheimnis ein, das Spannung und Gansehaut garantiert.

The Prince Of Mist

The Prince Of Mist

Author: Carlos Ruiz Zafon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/07/2011

In 1943 Max Carver's father - a watchmaker and inventor - decides to move his family to a small town on the Atlantic coast. But as soon as they arrive, strange things begin to happen. Max discovers an overgrown garden surrounded by a metal fence topped with a six-pointed star. When he goes to investigate, Max finds statues like a circus troupe fill the garden. In the centre is a clown set in another six-pointed star. Max has the curious sensation that the statue is beckoning to him. The family grows increasingly uneasy when they discover a box of old films, his sister Alicia has unsettling dreams, while little Irina hears voices whispering to her from an old wardrobe. But Max spends most of his time with his new friend Roland, who takes him diving to the wreck of a boat that sank close to the coast in a terrible storm. Everyone on board perished except for one man - an engineer who built the lighthouse at the end of the beach. During the dive, Max sees something that leaves him cold - on the mast floats a tattered flag and on it is the symbol of the circle and six-pointed star. As they learn more about the wreck, the chilling story of a legendary figure called the Prince of Mist begins to emerge ...

Marina

Marina

Author: Carlos Ruiz Zafon Format: eBook Release Date: 12/04/2011

Als Oscar Drai das Madchen Marina trifft, ahnt er nicht, dass sie sein Leben fur immer verandern wird. Mit ihrem Vater lebt sie in einer alten Villa wie in einer vergangenen Zeit. Marina bringt Oscar auf die Spur einer mysteriosen Dame in Schwarz, und bald befinden sich die beiden mitten in einem Albtraum aus Trauer, Wut und Groenwahn, der alles Gluck zu zerstoren droht.Nur kurz vor seinen Weltbestsellern Der Schatten des Windes Das Spiel des Engels und Der Gefangene des Himmels schuf Carlos Ruiz Zafon Marina. Erstmals beschwort Zafon sein unnachahmliches Barcelona herauf und erzahlt die dramatische Geschichte eines jungen Mannes, der um sein Gluck und seine groe Liebe kampft.

Der Mitternachtspalast

Der Mitternachtspalast

Author: Carlos Ruiz Zafon Format: eBook Release Date: 27/10/2010

"e;Es gibt zwei Dinge im Leben, die du dir nicht aussuchen kannst. Das eine sind deine Feinde. Das andere ist deine Familie. Manchmal ist der Unterschied zwischen beiden schwer zu erkennen."e;Carlos Ruiz Zafon, MitternachtspalastIn der verblassten Kolonialschonheit Kalkutta begegnet Ben in den 30er Jahren der geheimnisvollen Sheere, von der er sich magisch angezogen fuhlt. Beide sind ohne Eltern aufgewachsen; er im Internat, sie bei ihrer Gromutter. Nun konnen sie nicht mehr ohne einander sein. Doch als hatte eine dunkle Macht nur auf ihr Zusammentreffen gewartet, geraten die beiden bald in einen morderischen Strudel und mussen erkennen, dass sie weit mehr verbindet als groe Gefuhle ...Mit dem dunkel schillernden Kalkutta hat Carlos Ruiz Zafon ein Traumgespinst von einer Stadt geschaffen, das seinem unvergleichlichen Barcelona in nichts nachsteht - Ben und Sheeres groe, tragische Geschichte wird man lange nicht vergessen.

Der Furst des Nebels

Der Furst des Nebels

Author: Carlos Ruiz Zafon Format: eBook Release Date: 10/03/2010

Carlos Ruiz Zafons legendarer erster Roman - neu ubersetzt und fesselnd von der ersten bis zur letzten Seite. Ein fruhes Meisterstuck dieses begnadeten Erzahlers.In "e;Der Furst des Nebels"e; fliehen Max und seine Familie vor dem tobenden Krieg. Ein altes Haus am Meer verheit Frieden und Sicherheit. Doch schon bald legt sich ein dunkler Schatten uber den Zufluchtsort, als Max erfahrt, dass der Sohn der ehemaligen Bewohner unter mysteriosen Umstanden ertrunken ist. Eine geheimnisvolle Macht bedroht nun auch das Leben seiner Familie. Als er mit seinem neuen Freund Roland zum Wrack der Orpheus taucht, kann Max formlich fuhlen, wie etwas Schreckliches in der Tiefe lauert. Gibt es eine Verbindung zum finsteren "e;Furst des Nebels"e;, von dem der Leuchtturmwarter erzahlt? Und hat der ihnen wirklich alles gesagt?Als Max erkennt, welch grauenvolle Gefahr wirklich droht, hat sich bereits ein Sturm zusammengebraut: etwas lange Totgeglaubtes erhebt sein Haupt und macht sich auf die Jagd.

Das Spiel des Engels

Das Spiel des Engels

Author: Carlos Ruiz Zafon Format: eBook Release Date: 06/11/2009

Ein Labyrinth voller GeheimnisseBarcelona in den turbulenten Jahren vor dem Burgerkrieg: Der junge David Martin fristet sein Leben als Autor von Schauergeschichten. Als ernsthafter Schriftsteller verkannt, von einer todlichen Krankheit bedroht und um die Liebe seines Lebens betrogen, scheinen seine groen Erwartungen sich in nichts aufzulosen. Doch einer glaubt an sein Talent: Der mysteriose Verleger Andreas Corelli macht ihm ein Angebot, das Verheiung und Versuchung zugleich ist. David kann nicht widerstehen und ahnt nicht, in wessen Bann er gerat - und in welchen Strudel furchterregender Ereignisse ...Mit unwiderstehlicher erzahlerischer Kraft lockt uns Carlos Ruiz Zafon wieder auf den Friedhof der Vergessenen Bucher: mitten hinein in einen Kosmos voller Spannung und Fantastik, Freundschaft und Liebe, Schrecken und Intrige. In eine Welt, die vom diabolischen Wunsch nach ewiger Schonheit regiert wird.

Angel's Game

Angel's Game

Author: Carlos Ruiz Zafon Format: eBook Release Date: 16/06/2009

From master storyteller Carlos Ruiz Zafn, author of the international phenomenon The Shadow of the Wind, comes The Angels Gamea dazzling new page-turner about the perilous nature of obsession, in literature and in love.The whole of Barcelona stretched out at my feet and I wanted to believe that, when I opened those windows, its streets would whisper stories to me, secrets I could capture on paper and narrate to whomever cared to listen . . .In an abandoned mansion at the heart of Barcelona, a young man, David Martn, makes his living by writing sensationalist novels under a pseudonym. The survivor of a troubled childhood, he has taken refuge in the world of books and spends his nights spinning baroque tales about the citys underworld. But perhaps his dark imaginings are not as strange as they seem, for in a locked room deep within the house lie photographs and letters hinting at the mysterious death of the previous owner. Like a slow poison, the history of the place seeps into his bones as he struggles with an impossible love. Close to despair, David receives a letter from a reclusive French editor, Andreas Corelli, who makes him the offer of a lifetime. He is to write a book unlike anything that has ever existeda book with the power to change hearts and minds. In return, he will receive a fortune, and perhaps more. But as David begins the work, he realizes that there is a connection between his haunting book and the shadows that surround his home.Once again, Zafn takes us into a dark, gothic universe first seen in the Shadow of the Wind and creates a breathtaking adventure of intrigue, romance, and tragedy. Through a dizzingly constructed labyrinth of secrets, the magic of books, passion, and friendship blend into a masterful story.

Shadow of the Wind

Shadow of the Wind

Author: Carlos Ruiz Zafon Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/2005

Barcelona, 1945just after the war, a great world city lies in shadow, nursing its wounds, and a boy named Daniel awakes on his eleventh birthday to find that he can no longer remember his mother's face. To console his only child, Daniel's widowed father, an antiquarian book dealer, initiates him into the secret of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, a library tended by Barcelona's guild of rare-book dealers as a repository for books forgotten by the world, waiting for someone who will care about them again. Daniel's father coaxes him to choose a volume from the spiraling labyrinth of shelves, one that, it is said, will have a special meaning for him. And Daniel so loves the novel he selects, The Shadow of the Wind by one Julian Carax, that he sets out to find the rest of Carax's work. To his shock, he discovers that someone has been systematically destroying every copy of every book this author has written. In fact, he may have the last one in existence. Before Daniel knows it his seemingly innocent quest has opened a door into one of Barcelona's darkest secrets, an epic story of murder, magic, madness and doomed love. And before long he realizes that if he doesn't find out the truth about Julian Carax, he and those closest to him will suffer horribly.As with all astounding novels, The Shadow of the Wind sends the mind groping for comparisonsThe Crimson Petal and the White? The novels of Arturo Perez-Reverte? Of Victor Hugo? Love in the Time of Cholera?but in the end, as with all astounding novels, no comparison can suffice. As one leading Spanish reviewer wrote, ';The originality of Ruiz Zafon's voice is bombproof and displays a diabolical talent. The Shadow of the Wind announces a phenomenon in Spanish literature.' An uncannily absorbing historical mystery, a heart-piercing romance, and a moving homage to the mystical power of books, The Shadow of the Wind is a triumph of the storyteller's art.

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