When Daniel Sempere is a boy, his father brings him to a magical, cavernous place called The Cemetery of Forgotten Books. There, he is told he can choose only one book to take with him. He soon becomes fascinated with the novel he’s picked, The Shadow of the Wind. When he sets out to track down others by its mysterious author, Julián Carax, he discovers that someone else is also seeking Carax’s books, but with a much more sinister aim. Set in 1940s Barcelona, this novel blends history, mystery, and fantasy to create an atmospheric, engrossing tale.
“Every book, every volume you see here, has a soul. The soul of the person who wrote it and of those who read it and lived and dreamed with it. Every time a book changes hands, every time someone runs his eyes down its pages, its spirit grows and strengthens.”
Length: 487 pages
Set in: Barcelona, Spain
Translated by: Lucia Graves