Farewell to Carlos Ruiz Zafón, the great writer, author of The Shadow of the Wind, a novel that changed the lives of many
Farewell to Carlos Ruiz Zafón, writer of The Shadow of the Wind, considered one of the greatest novelists of our time. The author died just 55 years after a long battle against cancer. To spread the news of the death was the publisher Planeta: “Today is a very sad day for the whole publishing house – reads a statement -: in the twenty years in which we met and worked together, it was created a friendship that transcends the professional relationship ". While on Zafón's Twitter profile a phrase appeared: "Every book, every tome you see has a soul. The soul of those who wrote it and the soul of those who read, lived and dreamed it ".
Born in 1964, originally from Barcelona, the writer had long lived in Los Angeles, where he passed away. After the great success of The Shadow of the Wind, Carlos Ruiz Zafón had moved to California to pursue his passion for cinema and work as a screenwriter. His novel, published in 2001, marked a generation, selling over 15 million copies worldwide, with over one hundred foreign editions. From that book was born later the quadrilogy The Cemetery of the forgotten books, which includes, in addition to The Shadow of the Wind, also The Angel's Game, The Prisoner of Heaven and The Labyrinth of Spirits.
Zafón, with his creative flair and his love for literature, had managed to create a new sub-genre, that of novels dedicated to the power of books, in which elements of yellow, fantasy and realism are mixed together. The shadow of the wind tells the story of Daniel, who lives in a Barcelona marked by civil war and poverty in 1945. The young man is led by his father, owner of a used book shop, to the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, a place in where the tomes destined to be forgotten are kept. Daniel chooses one, Julián Carax's Shadow of the Wind, and the volume will accompany him throughout his life, between discoveries and adventures. "We exist as long as we are remembered," he once wrote, and Zafón certainly, with his extraordinary works, will be remembered forever.