The Shadow of the Wind
Publication Date: April 12, 2004
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As with all astounding novels, "The Shadow of the Wind "sends the mind groping for comparisons --T"he Crimson Petal and the White"? The novels of Arturo Perez-Reverte? Of Victor Hugo? "Love in the Time of Cholera"?--but in the end, as with all astounding novels, no comparison can suffice. As one leading Spanish reviewer wrote, "The originality of Ruiz Zafon's voice is bombproof and displays a diabolical talent. "The Shadow of the Wind" announces a phenomenon in Spanish literature." An uncannily absorbing historical mystery, a heart-piercing romance, and a moving homage to the mystical power of books, "The Shadow of the Wind" is a triumph of the storyteller's art.
Carlos Ruiz Zafn, thirty-nine, grew up in Barcelona. "The Shadow of the Wind" has spent more than a year on the Spanish bestseller list, much of it at number one, and has sold in more than twenty countries.
Lucia Graves was raised on the island of Majorca in postwar Spain. She has published Spanish-language editions of the work of her father, the poet Robert Graves, and books by Katherine Mansfield and Anas Nin.