May 2010 Book of the Month.
The Shadow of the Wind is one of those rare books that continues to deeply affect you long after it is read. This second masterpiece is connected but stands apart. A twisting and mysterious tale of love, despair, compulsion and the supernatural that spins you along with it until you don’t want it to end. Read every word, savour it, for books this good are rare and precious things.
In an abandoned mansion at the heart of Barcelona, a young man - David Martin - 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 city's underworld. But perhaps his dark imaginings are not as strange as they seem, for in a locked room deep within the house 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. Then David receives the offer of a lifetime: he is to write a book with the power to change hearts and minds. In return, he will receive a fortune, perhaps more. But as David begins the work, he realises that there is a connection between this haunting book and the shadows that surround his home...
Closing date: 04/07/2018
David Martin works for a newspaper, and enjoys his job. When David’s boss hands him the assignment of coming up with a story – quickly – the fill-in job is a remarkable success, and David’s career as a writer takes off. Then he receives a communication from a French editor, who turns out to be a man of secrets. Subsequently, the bookseller Sempere opens for him a strange world: the Cemetery of Forgotten Books. What follows is a phantasmagorical adventure, steeped in the fascinating lore of books, with references to great writers such as Stevenson and Dickens. This is headily atmospheric fare, couched in the rich and allusive prose style that Zafón has made his own.
Publication date: 29/04/2010
Publisher: Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co
Publication date: 04/06/2009
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Publication date: 01/06/2009
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
|Publication date:||29th April 2010|
|Author:||Carlos Ruiz Zafon|
|Publisher:||Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co|
|Genres:||Action Adventure / Spy, Books of the Month, eBook Favourites, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Thriller / Suspense,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Fiction in translation,|
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.More About Carlos Ruiz Zafon