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"Gabriel García Márquez meets Umberto Eco meets Jorge Luis Borges for a sprawling magic show."—The New York Times Book Review

A New York Times Bestseller

Barcelona, 1945: A city slowly heals in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War, and Daniel, an antiquarian book dealer’s son who mourns the loss of his mother, finds solace in a mysterious book entitled The Shadow of the Wind, by one Julián Carax. But when he sets out to find the author’s other works, he makes a shocking discovery: someone has been systematically destroying every copy of every book Carax has written. In fact, Daniel may have the last of Carax’s books in existence. Soon Daniel’s seemingly innocent quest opens a door into one of Barcelona’s darkest secrets--an epic story of murder, madness, and doomed love.

“ Anyone who enjoys novels that are scary, erotic, touching, tragic and thrilling should rush right out to the nearest bookstore and pick up The Shadow of the Wind. Really, you should.”—Michael Dirda, The Washington Post

"Wonderous... masterful... The Shadow of the Wind is ultimately a love letter to literature, intended for readers as passionate about storytelling as its young hero."—Entertainment Weekly (Editor's Choice)

"One gorgeous read."—Stephen King

Fiction & Literature
January 25
Penguin Publishing Group

Customer Reviews

Kaeby1 ,


What a wonderful book! I became so immersed that the characters came alive and I feel I know them and would love to visit The Cemetery of the Forgotten Books! I love to read and reading is a passion that will never die!

ice cream gail ,

Shadow of the wind

Kind of Good in a weird way

MJMIttner ,

Well worth you time

I listened to the audiobook. The storyline is a complex coming of age story, driven by Love, loyalty, and a series of books written by a mysterious author, bathed in intrigue. The protagonist, Daniel, keeps learning that people are so much more than they seem, their actions surprising to him because they are driven by unfathomable histories and desires. As the life-story of his favorite author unfolds, you are drawn with Daniel through literal and figurative back alleys and haunted minds as he learns who he, himself, is.

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