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Marina by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

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A wonderful Spanish writer who presents large, rambling novels like the magnificent The Shadow of the Wind and these much shorter, more plot-led pieces designed for a younger readership. The Prince of Mist, the first of these to be translated, was a glorious adventure. Marina is much slower, essentially a love story filled with teenage longing, oh, and some undead zombie doll monsters, a Frankenstein genius and the mystery of a woman in black who leaves a rose on an unnamed grave once a month. It is sad and sweet in an old-fashioned way, a slow build into a terrifying adventure. Some of the language, as with all his work, is not for the faint-hearted, but I enjoy his detailed and colourful descriptions of Barcelona, which in his hands becomes a fairy tale city. A truly talented writer of really beautiful books.

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Marina by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

'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.


'A magical, gothic tale' GLAMOUR

About the Author

Carlos Ruiz Zafon

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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30th November 1999


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