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«Quince años más tarde, la memoria de aquel día ha vuelto a mí. He visto a aquel muchacho vagando entre las brumas de la estación de Francia y el nombre de Marina se ha encendido de nuevo como una herida fresca. Todos tenemos un secreto encerrado bajo llave en el ático del alma. Éste es el mío.» 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, que comparte con Óscar la aventura de adentrarse en un enigma doloroso del pasado de la ciudad, un desafío de siniestras que alguien deberá pagar.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Praise for The Watcher in the Shadows:
"Zafón cuts between his various characters with cinematic skill, and his habit of telling stories within the narrative is put to spine-tingling use...Good, solid scares."—Booklist

Praise for The Prince of Mist:
* "Awesome."—School Library Journal (starred review)

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


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

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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 (Premio Edebé), a la que siguen El Palacio de la Medianoche, Las 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 (2008) vuelve al universo del Cementerio de los Libros Olvidados, que sigue creciendo con El Prisionero del Cielo (2011). 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.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 24, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2012

    excellent book!

    This is the 3rd book I read from Carlos Ruiz Zafon. My first one was "The Shadow of the Wind" which was incredibly good. The next one "EL Juego del Angel" was good, but somewhat confusing.

    Marina is an excellent story! I highly recommend this author.

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    Posted February 23, 2011

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