THE WORLD'S TOP Authors Spain - Carlos Ruiz Zafon ANNIVERSARY Issue 2013 JPG






Carlos Ruiz Zafón




Always interested in storytelling, Carlos Ruiz Zafón was creating stories before he could read or write.  Born in Barcelona, he worked as a musician and in the advertising industry before turning to his life’s passion, writing stories.  He began by writing books for young adults, and was awarded the Edebé Children’s Literature Award for his first novel, El príncipe de la niebla (The Prince of Mist).


His first book for adults, La sombra del viento (The Shadow of the Wind) sold millions of copies worldwide and has been translated into more than 50 languages, making Mr. Zafón the most successful modern-day Spanish writer.  It tells the story of a boy and a book in the Cemetery of the Forgotten Books, a library which is a labyrinth of books with tunnels, bridges and secret sections hidden inside a palace in Barcelona.  Inside are all the books that have been lost, forgotten or destroyed.  People who are trying to preserve books and ideas care for the library.


La sombra del viento, the first in an expected series of four novels all taking place in the same setting, was followed by El juego del ángel (The Angel’s Game), written as a prequel to La sombra del viento.  A third is El prisionero del cielo (The Prisoner of Heaven).  Mr. Zafón has stated that the books can be read in any order. 




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