"Originalmente publicado en Espana por Editorial Planeta, S.A., Barcelona, en 2001"--T.p. verso."Originalmente publicado en Espana por Editorial Planeta, S.A., Barcelona, en 2001"--T.p. verso.Read Less
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I read this book in translation in English and found it so beautiful that I ordered it as a gift for a friend who reads Spanish. I can only imagine how beautiful the original language must be considering how it reads in English. The story is unique and always fascinating. It is one of the best books that I have read in recent years.
Apr 26, 2007
The best book ever!
This book is a masterpiece all the way: I'm talking about the original spanish version (haven't read the english one). The descriptions are breathtaking and the characters are delightful. It is by far one of the great literery works of all times and my favorite book no doubt.
Publishers Weekly, 2002-03-01 A Barcelona-born novelist based in Los Angeles, Ruiz Zafon was a finalist for the Spanish Fernando Lara de Novela award with this fifth novel. This thriller follows the mysterious disappearance of an author of melodramas, Juli n Carax, and how his book influences the 10-year-old Daniel Sempere. When Daniel visits a mysterious and secret Library of Forgotten Books in 1940s Barcelona and finds Carax's novel The Shadow of the Wind, he becomes obsessed with Carax. For more than a decade, he follows the writer's ghost through a labyrinth of love, sex, violence, friendship, and betrayal. The narration unfolds through an interesting, yet overextended, interplay of overlapping characters and stories. Carax's and Ruiz Zafon's novels blend throughout the story, sometimes misleading the reader but ending in masterfully executed pages. Ruiz Zafon explores the world of antique books, the city of Barcelona, and the animosity inherited from the Spanish Civil War. Some scenes in this thriller also refer to Borges's exploration of libraries, the labyrinth structure, and Arturo Prez-Reverte's study of hypertextuality in works like El club Dumas (The Dumas Club, Suma de Letras, 2000). Although Riuz Zafon uses some complex metaphors to imitate Carax's melodramatic style, his language is mostly clear and accessible to all readers. Recommended for public libraries and bookstores.Leda Schiavo, Univ. of Illinois, Chicago (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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