The Shadow of the Wind

Weidenfeld & Nicolson

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Hidden in the heart of the old city of Barcelona is the 'Cemetery of Forgotten Books, a labyrinthine library of obscure and forgotten titles that have long gone out of print. To this library, one cold morning in 1945, a man brings his 10-year-old son Daniel. Daniel is allowed to choose one book from the shelves and pulls out 'The Shadow of the Wind by Julian Carax.

Captivated by the novel from its very first page, Daniel reads the book in one sitting. But he is not the only one interested in Carax. As he grows up in a Barcelona still suffering the aftershocks of a violent civil war, Daniel is haunted by the story of the author, a man who seems to have disappeared without trace after a duel in Pere Lachaise cemetery.

Then one night, in the old streets of the city centre, Daniel is approached by a figure who reminds him of a character from The Shadow of the Wind, a character who turns out to be the devil. This man is tracking down every last copy of Carax's works 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.


Condition: Pre-loved book. Minor yellowing of pages. Otherwise in good condition.

Format: Hardcover
Year published: 2004

Pages: 403
Mystery; literary fiction
Imprint: Weidenfeld & Nicolson

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