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The Shadow of the Wind

The Shadow of the Wind

Hidden in the heart of the old city of Barcelona is the ‘cemetery of lost books’, a labyrinthine library of obscure and forgotten titles that have long gone out of print. To this library, a man brings his 10-year-old son Daniel one cold morning in 1945. Daniel is allowed to choose one book from the shelves and pulls out ‘La Sombra del Viento’ by Julian Carax.

But as he grows up, several people seem inordinately interested in his find. Then, one night, as he is wandering the old streets once more, Daniel is approached by a figure who reminds him of a character from La Sombra del Viento, a character who turns out to be the devil. This man is tracking down every last copy of Carax’s work in order to burn them. What begins as a case of literary curiosity turns into a race to find out the truth behind the life and death of Julian Carax and to save those he left behind. A page-turning exploration of obsession in literature and love, and the places that obsession can lead.

Read by Daniel Philpott

(p) 2005 Isis Publishing Ltd

Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Modern & Contemporary Fiction (post C 1945)

On Sale: 9th June 2011

Price: £25

ISBN-13: 9781409142249

Reviews

A book lover's dream
The Times
A hymn of praise to all the joys of reading
Independent
A deeply satisfying, rich, full read
Sunday Telegraph
A magical tale
Cecilia Ahern
This gripping novel has the feel of a gothic ghost story complete with crumbling, ivy-covered mansions, gargoyles and dank prison cells...this is just the sort of literary mystery that would have found favour with Wilkie Collins
Daily Mail
Part gothic mystery, past ribald comedy, part political thriller, part Borgesian parable, and all marvellous
Sunday Times
One of those rare novels that combine brilliant plotting with sublime writing
Sunday Times
A page-turning exploration of obsession in literature and love
Sunday Express
Irresistibly readable...Walk down any street in Zafon's Barcelona and you'll glimpse the shades of the past and the secrets of the present
Guardian
Diabolically good
Elle
An astounding critical success. There's an intricate plot, a gothic atmosphere and an elusive quest, as well as murders, intrigue and star-crossed lovers
Guardian