The international bestseller and modern classic – over 20 million copies sold worldwide
‘Shadow is the real deal, a novel full of cheesy splendour and creaking trapdoors, a novel where even the subplots have subplots. One gorgeous read’ STEPHEN KING
‘An instant classic’ DAILY TELEGRAPH
The Shadow of the Wind is a stunning literary thriller in which the discovery of a forgotten book leads to a hunt for an elusive author who may or may not still be alive…
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 ‘The Shadow of the Wind’ 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 the book, 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 SUNDAY TIMES bestseller and chosen for the Richard & Judy book club.
‘Part gothic mystery, past ribald comedy, part political thriller, part Borgesian parable, and all marvellous’ SUNDAY TIMES
‘A hymn of praise to all the joys of reading’ INDEPENDENT
‘A magical tale’ CECILIA AHERN
‘One of those rare novels that combine brilliant plotting with sublime writing’ SUNDAY TIMES
‘Gripping and instantly atmospheric’ MAIL ON SUNDAY
‘A book lover’s dream’ THE TIMES
‘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
‘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
‘A deeply satisfying, rich, full read’ SUNDAY TELEGRAPH
‘A page-turning exploration of obsession in literature and love’ SUNDAY EXPRESS
‘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