The Shadow of the Wind
In Barcelona, a second-hand bookseller, Mr. Sempere , takes his son Daniel to the Cemetery of Forgotten Books for the first time. The young Daniel is awestruck by the size and scope of the library, and the possibilities for learning it contains. Daniel sees on the book jacket that Carax is a native of Barcelona, but even his father has never heard of the author. In order to spend time around her, Daniel spends all his afternoons reading aloud to her in the apartment. Several years later, Daniel plans a sixteenth birthday party to which he invites Clara, but she never shows up.
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Throughout the story, the characters walk through the streets of Barcelona in the first half of the twentieth century. The novel has become a worldwide bestseller, with more than ten million copies sold in 36 different languages. The shadow of the wind is the first installment of a cycle of four novels interconnected and set in a mysterious and Gothic Barcelona that goes from the era of the industrial revolution to the years after the Spanish Civil War. The four stories, independent and self-sufficient in themselves, share some characters and scenarios. According to tradition, everyone initiated to this secret place is allowed to take one book from it and must protect it for life.