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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
April 12
Penguin Publishing Group

Customer Reviews

Yael McCue ,

Stick with it

Honestly started to hate it at about 500 pages in, but really glad I stuck with it. You will be too. Question your expectations of it, let the words flow over you, and just enjoy the ride.

Jerrman ,

A master of storytelling

The first in the related four books is told with Zafon’s elevated imagination and gifts for imagery. Perhaps due to the earlier part of Franco’s repressive regime, it is far more grim and Barcelona’s underbelly is ever present throughout. This is the introduction of the key characters, told within the context of various enduring but tragic loves that can never be reconciled or fulfilled.

Auggie's Man ,


One of those books that when you’re reading it your annoyed by the life that interrupts you. All I wanted to do was read, and when I realized I was too sleepy, I’d sleep, then start that chapter again. Excellent writing and characters, and wonderful story.

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