In 2001, Carlos Ruiz Zafon published 'The Shadow of the Wind', the opening movement in a four-volume cycle collectively entitled 'The Cemetery of Forgotten Books'.


Each of the four novels serves as both as both an independent narrative and a point of entry into the lives of a gallery of unforgettable characters, chief among them the Sempere family, booksellers eking out a living in the ravaged, war-torn city of Barcelona. Taken together, these four volumes form a kind of secret history of Barcelona, one dominated and symbolized by the eponymous Cemetery.


Zafon then sets that imaginary history against the larger history of a city—and country—torn by civil war and forced to endure nearly forty years of state sponsored terror under the Fascist regime of Francisco Franco. The resulting fusion of literature and politics, history and art, is one of the significant accomplishments of modern popular fiction.


On another, more personal level, these four books offer a profound and moving defense of the power of the imagination. Horrors abound in Zafon’s fictional universe, but so do their benign counterparts: love, friendship, family, ideas and, most centrally, stories.

Carlos Ruiz Zafon:

   First edition hardcover -signed/ ltd

   First edition hardcover -signed/ ltd

   First edition hardcover -signed/ ltd

   First edition hardcover -signed/ ltd

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