The Shadow of the Wind
by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
This gripping tale begins in the Cemetery of Lost Books and leads the protagonist, a young Daniel Sempere, through the alleyways of post-war Barcelona and deep into the literary history of one fated author. Along the way, the pre-war world comes alive, as we encounter ex-prisoners, ghosts of bygone eras, and the devil himself. Rich, atmospheric, and mesmerizing, The Shadow of the Wind activates the essence of literature as it blows past.