|Carlos Ruiz Zafón|
While Carlos Ruiz Zafón was first known for his books for young adults -- his El príncipe de la niebla (The Prince of Mist) earned the Edebé literary prize for young adult fiction in 1993 -- his first "adult" novel La sombra del viento (The Shadow of the Wind) garnered acclaim around the world and sparked what the author calls in our interview, a kind of “Zafón-mania."
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Carlos Ruiz Zafón
Date of Birth:
September 25, 1964
Place of Birth:
Winner of the Edebe Literary Award for best novel, 1993; Best Book of the Year, as voted by readers of the Barcelona newspaper La Vanguardia, 2003 ; Book Sense Book of the Year Honor, 2005
|The Shadow of the Wind|
Carlos Ruiz Zafon, Lucia Graves (Translator)
Postwar Barcelona lies shrouded in a cloud of secrets and suspicion, and a boy in mourning for his mother finds solace in an extraordinary book called The Shadow of the Wind, by an author named Julian Carax. But soon he discovers that someone has been systematically destroying every copy of every book the man has ever written. He learns that this book is as dangerous to own as it is impossible to forget, for the mystery of its author's identity holds the key to an epic story of murder, madness, and doomed love that someone will go to any lengths to keep secret.
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|A Writer's Way|
|“In my tender youth I worked as a musician (composer, arranger and keyboard player/synthesizer programmer, record producer, etc.) and I’ve also labored for seven long years in the advertising jungle as a cynical mercenary, first as a copywriter, then a creative director (whatever that means) and also producing/directing TV commercials and polluting the world with artifacts glorifying Visa, Audi, Sony, Volkswagen, American Express, and many other evil entities," Zafón reveals in our exclusive interview. "In 1992, when the lease on my soul was about to expire, I quit to become what I always wanted to do, be a full-time writer. Since then, I’ve published five novels and also have worked occasionally as a screenwriter.”|