Friday, January 9, 2009

Fans of Shadow of the Wind

Fans of The Shadow of the Wind finally have a new book to look forward to from author Carlos Ruiz Zafon! At least once a week, someone asks me if he has written anything else, because they loved that book so much. And finally I can give them some GOOD news. The Shadow of the Wind, a bestseller in Spain (second most successful Spanish novel ever, with Don Quixote Number 1) and translated into more than 40 languages, was translated into English in 2004. Set in 1945 Barcelona -- Spain under Franco -- the book tells the story of 10-year-old Daniel, who is taken by his widowed bookseller father to the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, where he is told to choose one book to protect. He soon learns that the book he has chosen is both very valuable and very much in danger. Part detective story, adventure tale, romance, fantasy, and gothic horror, with a colorful cast of characters and a meticulously crafted plot, the book tells of the perilous nature of obsession in literature and in love.

In June, Doubleday will publish The Angel's Game, which also revolves around the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, this time in 1920s Barcelona. The book is a "dizzingly constructed labyrinth of secrets where the magic of books, passion, and friendship blends into a masterful story."

If you haven't yet read The Shadow of the Wind, read it now before the new book comes out! When asked why he writes, the author says "I am in the business of storytelling. I always have been, always will be. It's what I've been doing since I was a kid." He is also a musician and a composer. In fact, at his Web site ( you can download music that he composed to accompany The Shadow of the Wind.

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