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Carlos Ruiz Zafón is the author of six novels, including the international phenomenon The Shadow of the Wind and The Angel's Game, the first two books in a series of novels set in literary universe of The Cemetery of Forgotten Books. His work has been published in more than forty different languages, and honored with numerous international awards. He divides his time between Barcelona, Spain, and Los Angeles, California.
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Prequel to the bestselling The Shadow of the Wind, The Angel's Game takes us to the turbulent Barcelona of the 1920s and the Cemetery of Forgotten Books. It's a spellbinding love story about the power of storytelling.
In an abandoned mansion in Barcelona a young man named David Martin makes a living by writing steamy melodramas under a pseudonym. When his own novel receives scathing reviews, it seems his publishers are plotting against him and David is destined to literary obscurity.
In a locked room deep within the house he finds letters and photographs hinting at the death of the previous owner. Like a slow poison the history of the place seeps into his bones as David struggles with an impossible love.
Then he receives an extraordinary proposal from the French editor Andreas Corelli—a proposal that could make David rich and famous. And a bookseller called Sempere introduces him to the Cemetery of Forgotten Books…
The Angel’s Game is a tale of lost souls and haunting shadows set amid the winding alleyways of Barcelona during the turbulent 1920s. It is a masterful tale and spellbinding love story about the magic of books and the darkest corners of the heart.
Carlos Ruiz Zafón was born in Barcelona in 1964 and attended university there. He worked as a screenwriter in Los Angeles for ten years before the publication of his fifth book, The Shadow of the Wind, in 2001. It has been translated into over 40 languages and was a finalist for the Premio Fernando Lara. Ruiz Zafón is now a full-time novelist and regular contributor to the newspapers El Pais, La Vanguardia and El Mundo. He lives in Barcelona.
‘The prose is intelligent but unpretentious, and the author is clear in his intentions to provide a rollicking, fun read…the novel’s themes address the power of narrative, and many sharp lines pertain to storytelling…hugely enjoyable.’ Lionel Shriver, Daily Telegraph
‘The tale is rich, evocative and literate…Zafon is a great describer, with a cinematic flair for murders and sexual encounters.’ Evening Standard
‘It’s got the lot: good setting (Barcelona noir), old fashioned chunky plot, a dash of horror and the merest shaving of raciness…The mysteries within mysteries will be enough to keep you turning pages even after a couple of cervezas.’ Herald (UK)
‘A thrilling labyrinthine plot packed with murder, mystery and an obsessive love affair.’ Woman and Home
‘Fans of The Shadow of the Wind and new readers alike will be delighted with this gothic semiprequel. Zafón’s novel is detailed and vivid, and David’s narration is charming and funny, but suspect. Villain or victim, he is the hero of and the guide to this dark labyrinth that, by masterful design, remains thrilling and bewildering.’ Publishers Weekly
A shudder ran through his body and he took a step back: the hand of the figure, which seconds earlier had been clenched in a fist, now lay open, its palm stretched out invitingly. For a moment the cold morning air seemed to burn in Max's throat and he could feel a throbbing in his temples.
When his family moves to an old house by the sea, Max discovers an abandoned garden of mysterious statues positioned on a six-pointed star. In the centre rising out of the mist stands a clown, its arm outstretched.
Then Max meets Roland, who takes him swimming through the underwater ruins of an old shipwreck near the lighthouse where he lives with his grandfather, and Max sees the uncanny six-pointed star again.
But it's Roland's grandfather and his tale of the shipwreck and the circus troupe on board that makes Max realise that he is not the only one to be affected the clown's sinister presence.
The Prince of Mist is an intriguing tale of good versus evil, a compelling gothic mystery for young adults from the best-selling author of The Shadow of the Wind and The Angel's Game.
Carlos Ruiz Zafon was born in Barcelona in 1964 and is one of the world's most read and best loved writers. His novels have been translated into more than forty languages, garnering numerous international prizes and reaching millions of readers. He lives in Barcelona.
As a child, Daniel Sempere discovered a book that would change his life forever. Now a grown man, he is just one step away from solving the mystery of his mother’s death when a new plot is revealed, much deeper and darker than he could ever have imagined. That is when Alicia Gris appears, a soul born from the shadows of war, to lead Daniel to the heart of darkness and reveal the secret history of his family ... at a terrible price.
This is the final chapter in the story that began with The Shadow of the Wind and brings it to a grand finale. It is a tribute to the world of books, the art of storytelling and the magical link between literature and life.
The third in a series of novels that began with The Angel's Game and The Shadow of the Wind. The Prisoner of Heaven returns to the world of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books and the Sempere & Sons bookshop.
It begins just before Christmas in Barcelona in 1957, one year after Daniel and Bea have married. They have a son, Julian, and are living with Daniel's father at Sempere & Sons. Fermin still works with them and is busy preparing for his wedding to Bernarda in the New Year. However something appears to be bothering him.
Daniel is alone in the shop one morning when a mysterious figure with a pronounced limp enters. He spots one of their most precious volumes that is kept locked in a glass cabinet, a beautiful and unique illustrated edition of The Count of Monte Cristo. Despite the fact that the stranger seems to care little for books, he wants to buy this expensive edition. Then, to Daniel's surprise, the man inscribes the book with the words 'To Fermin Romero de Torres, who came back from the dead and who holds the key to the future'. This visit leads back to a story of imprisonment, betrayal and the return of a deadly rival.
Carlos Ruiz Zafón worked as a screenwriter in Los Angeles for ten years before the publication of his fifth book, The Shadow of the Wind, in 2001. It has been translated into over 40 languages and was a finalist for the Premio Fernando Lara. Ruiz Zafón is now a full-time novelist and regular contributor to the newspapers El Pais, La Vanguardia and El Mundo. He lives in Barcelona.
'The seductions of narrative, for Zafón, are not unlike the allures of erotic love. He actually succeeds in making bookishness sexy.' Weekend Australian
'Carlos is a natural-born storyteller.’ Good Reading
Calcutta, 1932. A train in flames crosses the city, a fire spectre sowing terror in the shadows of the night. But that is only the beginning of the horror for siblings Ben and Sheere.
Twins separated at birth and kept hidden for their safety, they have grown up unaware of the secrets of their past. Now, on their sixteenth birthday, their paths meet and they will confront the most terrible and deadly enigma in the history of the city of palaces.
The Midnight Palace is a spellbinding tale of heroism and tragedy set in the dark mysterious streets and alleyways of an ancient Indian city.
Carlos Ruiz Zafon was born in Barcelona in 1964 and is the author of five previous novels. The Shadow of the Wind was a finalist for the Premio Fernando Lara. He lives in Barcelona.
A return to the mythical Barcelona library, the Cemetery of Forgotten Books.
This posthumous collection from Carlos Ruiz Zafón, the New York Times bestselling author of The Shadow of the Wind comprises eleven stories, most never before published in English. The City of Mist is Ruiz Zafón’s tribute to the countless thousands of readers who joined him on the extraordinary journey through the mysterious gothic world of his beloved Cemetery of Forgotten Books quartet.
A boy decides to become a writer when he discovers that his creative gifts capture the attentions of an aloof young beauty who has stolen his heart. A labyrinth-maker flees Constantinople to a plague-ridden Barcelona, with plans for building a library impervious to the destruction of time. A strange gentleman tempts Cervantes to write a book like no other, each page of which could prolong the life of the woman he loves. And a brilliant Catalan architect named Antoni Gaudí reluctantly agrees to cross the ocean to New York, a voyage that will determine the fate of an unfinished masterpiece.
Imaginative and beguiling, these and other stories in The City of Mist bring to life the mesmerising magic of their brilliant creator and invite us to enter the dream along with him.
Carlos Ruiz Zafón (1964–2020) was the author of eight novels, including the internationally bestselling and critically acclaimed Cemetery of Forgotten Books quartet: The Shadow of the Wind, The Angel's Game, The Prisoner of Heaven and The Labyrinth of the Spirits. His work, which also includes prizewinning young-adult novels, has been translated into more than fifty languages and published across the globe, garnering numerous awards and reaching millions of readers.
‘Ruiz Zafón’s visionary storytelling prowess is a genre unto itself.’ USA Today
A gothic tale for readers of all ages from the author of the bestselling The Shadow of the Wind.
Barcelona, 1980. Oscar Drai finds himself drawn to an old dilapidated mansion where he meets the captivating and elusive Marina. She leads him to the cemetery to witness a mysterious ritual: on the fourth Sunday of every month, a veiled woman alights from a carriage and lays a single rose on an unmarked grave.
Oscar and Marina are swept on a journey into the city's dark underground of labyrinthine sewers, corrupt policemen, ageing aristocrats, forgotten societies and criminal depravity...to a sinister tale of love, ambition and jealousy that will hold Oscar's heart forever.
Carlos Ruiz Zafon was born in Barcelona. He is one of the world's most read and best-loved writers. His work has been translated into more than forty languages, garnering numerous international prizes and reaching millions of readers. Marina was first published in Spanish in 1999, this is the first time it has been published in English.
'Marina is one of those books that are meant to be devoured in one sitting' Guardian
'A tale of love, revenge, corruption and death...What at the start seem to be a story about a schoolboy crush easily morphs into a horror story, Carlos Ruiz Zafon skillfully weaves the subplots together.' Daily Telegraph
'A triumph of the storyteller's art.' Daily Telegraph on The Shadow of the Wind
'You'll read it and you'll want more.' Age on The Shadow of the Wind
A mysterious toymaker, Lazarus, lives as a recluse in a crumbling mansion by the sea, surrounded by the mechanical beings he has created. Strange lights seem to shine through the mists that envelop the small island where the old lighthouse stands, and somewhere in the woods nearby lurks a shadowy creature.
When her mother takes a job as a housekeeper for the toymaker, fourteen-year-old Irene meets Hannah and her alluring sailor cousin Ismael, and what seems like a dream summer begins. But Lazarus's house contains dark secrets and before long Irene and Ismael find themselves entwined in the mystery of the September lights.
Carlos Ruiz Zafon was born in Barcelona. He is one of the world's most-read and best-loved writers. His work has been translated into more than forty languages, garnering numerous international prizes and reaching millions of readers. The Watcher in the Shadows is the fifth of his novels to be published in English.
Der Friedhof der vergessenen Bücher ist der geheimnisvolle Ort, um den das gesamte Erzähluniversum von Carlos Ruiz Zafón kreist: Eine tief unter Barcelona verborgene Bibliothek, in der die Bücher darauf warten, ihre Seele an ihren Leser weiterzugeben. Im 2001 erschienenen Roman »Der Schatten des Windes« entführte uns Carlos Ruiz Zafón zum ersten Mal in dieses magische Labyrinth und schuf einen Weltbestseller.
Zafóns letztes Projekt war es, diesen Ort in Erzählungen weiter wachsen zu lassen. Es entstand ein Geheimfach von Geschichten, das hier zum ersten Mal vollständig geöffnet wird. Es war sein großer Wunsch, diese Texte in einem Buch zu sammeln, nun wurde es zum letzten Geschenk an seine Leser und Leserinnen.
Mit sieben bislang unveröffentlichten Erzählungen.
Carlos Ruiz Zafón, Autor des Weltbestsellers ›Der Schatten des Windes‹, ist zurück! Mit seinen Romanen rund um den Friedhof der Vergessenen Bücher schuf der spanische Bestsellerautor eine der faszinierendsten Erzählwelten aller Zeiten. Die Verheißung, die mit ›Der Schatten des Windes‹ begann, findet mit seinem neuen großen Roman ›Das Labyrinth der Lichter‹ ihre Vollendung.
Spanien in den dunklen Tagen des Franco-Regimes: Ein Auftrag der Politischen Polizei führt die eigenwillige Alicia Gris von Madrid zurück in ihre Heimatstadt Barcelona. Unter größter Geheimhaltung soll sie das plötzliche Verschwinden des Ministers Mauricio Valls aufklären, dessen dunkle Vergangenheit als Direktor des Gefängnisses von Montjuïc ihn nun einzuholen scheint. In seinem Besitz befand sich ein geheimnisvolles Buch aus der Serie ›Das Labyrinth der Lichter‹, das Alicia auf schmerzliche Weise an ihr eigenes Schicksal erinnert. Es führt sie in die Buchhandlung Sempere & Söhne, tief in Barcelonas Herz. Der Zauber dieses Ortes schlägt sie in seinen Bann, und wie durch einen Nebel steigen Bilder ihrer Kindheit in ihr auf. Doch die Antworten, die Alicia dort findet, bringen nicht nur ihr Leben in allerhöchste Gefahr, sondern auch das der Menschen, die sie am meisten liebt.
Meisterlich verknüpft Carlos Ruiz Zafón die Erzählfäden seiner Weltbestseller ›Der Schatten des Windes‹, ›Das Spiel des Engels‹ und ›Der Gefangene des Himmels‹ zu einem spannenden Finale.
Die wiederentdeckte Erzählung des großen spanischen Romanciers
In seiner phantastischen Erzählung ›Gaudí in Manhattan‹ verbindet der große spanische Erzähler Carlos Ruiz Zafón zwei der schönsten Schauplätze, die die Literatur kennt: Barcelona und Manhattan. Gaudí, der Baumeister Barcelonas, soll in Manhattan einen Wolkenkratzer bauen. Als er nach New York reist um das Angebot zu verhandeln, begegnet ihm eine rätselhafte Frauengestalt, die ihn vor eine schicksalhafte Entscheidung stellt.