Author(s): Carlos Ruiz Zafon; Lucia Graves (Translator)
The bestselling author of The Shadow of the Windtakes us back to the shadowy streets of Barcelona and the world of the Sempere and Sons bookshop. Continuing the story of The Shadow of the Windand The Angel's Game, The Prisoner of Heavenleads us to the enigma at the heart of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books. It is a mesmerising tale of passion, suspicion and betrayal. It begins just before Christmas in Barcelona in 1957, one year after Daniel and Bea from The Shadow of the Wind have married. They now have a son, Julian, and are living with Daniel's father at Sempere & Sons. Fermin still works with them and is busy preparing for his wedding to Bernarda in the New Year. However something appears to be bothering him. Daniel is alone in the shop one morning when a mysterious figure with a pronounced limp enters. He spots one of their most precious volumes that is kept locked in a glass cabinet, a beautiful and unique illustrated edition of The Count of Monte Cristo. Despite the fact that the stranger seems to care little for books, he wants to buy this expensive edition. Then, to Daniel's surprise, the man inscribes the book with the words 'To Fermín Romero de Torres, who came back from the dead and who holds the key to the future'. This visit leads back to a story of imprisonment, betrayal and the return of a deadly rival.
* Profiles expected in the Herald Sun, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Star Times * Reviews in regional and suburban newspapers * Extensive radio interviews to coincide with author tour * Author tour confirmed for May 2013 in Auckland, Sydney and Melbourne * Online giveaways * Budget for bookseller catalogues * Advertising in bookseller newsletters * Featured in Text's newsletter and website * Social media campaign * Reading copies available to the trade
Commended for World Fantasy Convention, special achievement award for translation 2013.
'It will entrance and move you and make you chuckle. You couldn't ask for more.' Sunday Age 'Richly written, historically fascinating, always entertaining...and slightly mad.' West Australian 'An unforgettable novel about the forgotten.' Adelaide Advertiser 'The seductions of narrative, for Zafon, are not unlike the allures of erotic love. He actually succeeds in making bookishness sexy.' Weekend Australian 'A big, thrilling romp through glorious Barcelona.' Courier-Mail 'Masterful, meticulous plotting...a love letter to literature, intended for readers as passionate about storytelling as its young hero.' Who Weekly 'Glorious, grandiose fun. It's a haunting, fast-paced thriller with enough twists and turns to hold a Dan Brown fan's attention, enough spookiness to satisfy lovers of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, with grotesques worthy of Dickens and some lovely, evocative writing.' Herald on Sunday 'Carlos is a natural-born storyteller.' Good Reading 'Marvellously evocative.' Sydney Morning Herald 'His enterprise is bold, serious and shocking. His treatment of Spain's tortured history in the 20th century is as significant as his literary skill. These are things that belong not just to one city but to the world.' The Times (UK)
Carlos Ruiz Zafon was born in Barcelona in 1964 and attended university there. He worked as a screenwriter in Los Angeles for ten years before the publication of his fifth book, The Shadow of the Wind, in 2001. It has been translated into over 40 languages and was a finalist for the Premio Fernando Lara. Ruiz Zafon is now a full-time novelist and regular contributor to the newspapers El Pais, La Vanguardia and El Mundo. He lives in Barcelona and Los Angeles.