Let's visit the beautiful and magical city of Barcelona! "The Shadow of the Wind", by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, is a mystery set in Barcelona, Spain in 1945. This novel is an international sensation (sold in more than 20 countries and been number one on the Spanish best-seller list), and recently translated into English.
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.
Full of unusual characters, and strong in its sense of place (Spain under Franco), this is a touching coming of age story as well as a Goth-like mystery around book burning. Part detective story, part adventure, part romance, fantasy, and gothic horror, the intricate plot is urged on by foreshadowing and nail-nibbling tension. This is rich, lavish storytelling.