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Cuando Óscar desaparece de repente, nadie sabe de el por siete días y siete noches.
En la Barcelona de 1980 Óscar Drai sueña despierto, deslumbrado por los palacetes modernistas cercanos al internado en el que estudia. En una de sus escapadas conoce a Marina, una chica delicada de salud. Ella lo lleva a un cementerio donde juntos son testigos de un macabro ritual que sucede el último domingo de cada mes sin falta.  A las diez de la mañana una mujer vestida de negro desciende de su carosa y le pone una sola rosa a un panteón sin nombre.
Cuando deciden seguirla, juntos comparten la aventura de adentrarse en un enigma doloroso del pasado de la ciudad. Un misterioso personaje de la posguerra se propuso el mayor desafío imaginable, pero su ambición lo arrastró por sendas siniestras cuyas consecuencias debe pagar alguien todavía hoy.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
★ 05/12/2014
In a novel first published in Spain in 1999, Zafón (The Midnight Palace) transports readers to 1979 Barcelona, where 15-year-old Oscar Drai lives a dreary boarding school life. That’s until he meets a girl named Marina, who takes him to an old cemetery where a cloaked woman conducts an odd ritual over a nameless grave. Soon they uncover a twisted tale of hereditary disease, murder, and horrible experiments, all of which took place years ago and whose central figures are dead. Or are they? Zafón is a master of both the subtle simile (“A strange sound throbbed in the darkness. A metallic murmur, like the sound of a venetian blind quivering”) and the outrageous image: “The light filtering down from above revealed the face of a harlequin. Two diamond shapes covered its glassy eyes, and steel fangs protruded from its lips of polished wood.” On a rational level, the tale, like many Gothic thrillers, is preposterous, but readers are never given time to think rationally. Unlikely discoveries in mysterious, half- ruined mansions alternate with spine- tingling action sequences to create a grotesquerie that will delight horror fans. Ages 12–up. (July)
From the Publisher
Marina es uno de esos libros que devoras rápidamente, y te quita el hambre que tuviste de una buena lectura. Una excelente historia. El estilo narrativo de Zafón es simplemente hermoso y el lenguaje que utiliza es totalmente fluido". —The Guardian, UK
“Un cuento mágico”. —Glamour
“Los lectores que disfrutaron de La sombra del viento encontraran sombras de ese mágico bestseller en este cuento gótico”. —Choice Magazine
“Intenso e inolvidable”. —My Weekly
" Descubrimientos misteriosos e improbables y mansiones en ruinas alternan para crear un imagen grotesca que hará las delicias de los fans del horror”. —Publishers Weekly

Praise for The Midnight Palace:
"With shades of modern horror classics....Zafón has crafted a highly original plot set within an exotic setting."

School Library Journal
★ 05/01/2014
Gr 8 Up—Set in Barcelona, Spain from late 1979 to May 1980, this gothic novel centers around 15-year-old boarding school student Oscar Drai. Instead of studying during his free time, the teen explores the city, and one day ends up in an area that seems deserted. Drawn in by music coming from an old dilapidated house, Oscar is given a scare by the owner, an eccentric and haunted German artist. Having accidently taken a watch from the house, the boy returns to bring the valuable item back and meets the enigmatic Marina. Realizing that they both like mysteries, Marina invites Oscar on an escapade to a graveyard to observe a woman who leaves a red rose on an unmarked grave. The two follow this woman, lose her, but eventually wander into an abandoned greenhouse filled with sinister marionettes and grotesque photos. Soon, the narrator becomes embroiled in the lives and histories of a presumed dead actress, recluse tycoon, and mad scientist obsessed with escaping death. From the very first page, this beautifully written work of historical fiction is impossible to put down. With elements of romance, mystery, and horror, none of them overwhelming the other, this complex volume that hints at Mary Shelley's Frankenstein manages to weave together three separate stories for a cohesive and eerie result.—Jesten Ray, Seattle Public Library, WA
Kirkus Reviews
Like Paris in Leroux’s The Phantom of the Opera, Ruiz Zafón’s Barcelona is a character in its own right, linchpin for this richly atmospheric, genuinely scary tale.Oscar Drai, 15, leads a solitary existence at his boarding school, marking time until he can escape to wander Barcelona’s cold misty streets and decaying neighborhoods. While exploring the garden of a decaying mansion, he hears a beautiful voice singing and impulsively follows it indoors to its source, an old gramophone, next to which is a pocket watch. When the room’s furious occupant suddenly confronts him, Oscar flees back to school before realizing he still has the watch. Returning it, he meets Germán, its owner, and his beautiful daughter, Marina, who befriends him. Soon, Marina invites Oscar to accompany her to a lonely graveyard, where, hidden, they watch a veiled woman in black place a flower on a gravestone that’s carved with the image of a black butterfly then disappear into one of the abandoned buildings nearby. Curious, they follow her and discover a greenhouse in an overgrown garden and make a horrific discovery. What lies behind the ancient facades—and in the fetid darkness beneath the city streets—is a mystery as layered as the city’s history. It’s well-known which road is paved with good intentions—none are more lethal, Oscar learns, than love and pity.High-quality gothic genre fiction with a classic Mary Shelley sensibility. (Horror. 12 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9788423648993
  • Publisher: EDBE
  • Publication date: 10/28/2005
  • Language: Spanish
  • Edition description: Spanish-language Edition
  • Edition number: 10
  • Pages: 238
  • Product dimensions: 5.68 (w) x 8.18 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Meet the Author

Carlos Ruiz Zafón es uno de los autores más leídos y reconocidos en todo el mundo. Inicia su carrera literaria en 1993 con El príncipe de la niebla, a la que siguen El palacio de la medianocheLas luces de septiembre (reunidos en el volumen La trilogía de la niebla) y Marina. En 2001 se publica su primera novela para adultos, La sombra del viento, que pronto se transforma en un fenómeno literario internacional. Con El juego del ángel vuelve al universo del Cementerio de los Libros Olvidados, que sigue creciendo con El prisionero del cielo. Sus obras han sido traducidas a más de cincuenta lenguas y han conquistado numerosos premios y millones de lectores en los cinco continentes.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2006

    Another Zafon Masterpiece

    I have to admit that I only bought this book because I had loved 'The Shadow of the Wind' (another novel by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, AND my personal favorite, all time, book). In 'Marina', the same ultra-detailed fascination of the main character over Barcelona is repeated. The story of Mijail Kolvenik will completely engage you, just as Julian Carax's in 'The Shadow...'. What didn't made me put a fifth star in it is that not one character came to me as real or deep. Lowering demands, I believe the only one who would pass as real to me (and let me mention that we are talking about a character that only has around two sentences in the whole book) would be Maria Shelly. Anyway, the book is great. The ending will really mix feelings, the tangles of human obsesion and the darkest lifestyles are portraid magnificently. Love, after all, comes and sets itself as a main character and well, one or two philosophical phrases may remain woundering within your head for a couple of days after finishing this memorable story.

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  • Posted February 24, 2009

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    The book is a wonderful read and I think it is almost as goon as Zafón's masterpiece: The Shadow of the wind.

    Marina is Carlos Ruiz Zafón (The Shadow of the Wind/La Sombra del Viento)'s first novel. He considers it a children book, but I think children would get nightmares from this book.

    The first line of the book is "Marina told me that we only remember what never happened". The story occurs in the Barcelona of the Seventies.

    Thus the strange and fantastic relationship starts between Oscar Drai, a student interned in a prep school, who does not get along with his real father, and thus befriends Marina Blau, and her father Germán at the Sarriá castle. Mr. Blau was an incredible paintor, married to an amazing opera singer who died of a congenital disease. He had Marina as a few years before his wife's death. He stopped painting after that, and in their home you can see multiple paintings of a woman--Diana, Marina's mother.

    When Oscar takes Marina and her father to the train station to Madrid, Oscar receives a card from a strange lady with the name: Miguel Kolvenik with an address.

    Curiosity takes the best of young Oscar and he goes to the address. There he meets Benjamin Santis, who was Kolvenik's business partner who informs him that Kolvenik died in 1948. Santis tells the strange story of this man, and the Velo-Granell factory that they owned together and how Kolvenik was an inventor of prosthesis that worked better than anything else in the market.

    Thus they gets rich and things go well until Kolvenik falls in love with a famous opera singer, Eva Irinova. She was "owned" by a Russian couple who had "adopted" her and Kolvenik buys them out through money and threats.

    On their wedding day, the Russians spay acid on Irina's face and she is never seen again. meanwhile, Kolvenik dissapears, and their home burns inexplicably and two bodies are found inside embracing each other.

    Mr. Santis dies under suspicious circumstances and Oscar finds out that a detective had been trying to prove monstrosities were occurring at the Velo-Granell factory. Oscar goes to the old factory and they discover cadavers that are "alive" and very dangerous.

    Thus an amazing adventure begins, filled with monsters, murders, and the many fabulous love stories.

    The book is a wonderful read and I think it is almost as goon as Zafón's masterpiece: The Shadow of the wind.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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