The Shadow of the Wind

Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Illustrated by Jorge González

Introduced by Lucia Graves

Translated by Lucia Graves

Carlos Ruiz Zafón’s best-selling phenomenon The Shadow of the Wind is beautifully presented as a Folio collector’s edition with a new preface by translator Lucia Graves and atmospheric artwork by Jorge González.

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‘An instant classic’
  1. The Daily Telegraph

Dawn is breaking in post-war Barcelona when Daniel’s father guides him through the mist to a mysterious building hidden in the heart of the old city. Here, in the Cemetary of Forgotten Books, ten-year-old Daniel is allowed to choose one story from the thousands of abandoned volumes that line the labyrinthine corridors. Inexplicably drawn to The Shadow of the Wind, the boy clutches his prize, unaware of the fantastical and frightening chain of events that its discovery triggers; a mystery that will see the new custodian embark on a dangerous quest to reveal the book’s shocking secrets.

Bound in printed and blocked cloth  

Set in Sabon

496 pages

7 double-page spread colour illustrations, black & white title-page illustration

Printed paper slipcase

Printed in Germany

10˝ x 6¾˝

‘Shadow is the real deal, a novel full of cheesy splendour and creaking trapdoors, a novel where even the subplots have subplots. One gorgeous read.’
  1. Stephen King

A multi-million bestseller, and one of the most successful Spanish novels ever written, The Shadow of the Wind is a literary thriller laced with fantastical elements that captured the imagination of a generation. Engrossed in his precious book, Daniel becomes preoccupied with the mysterious life of its author, Julian Carax. As a sinister history begins to emerge, Daniel’s life is embroiled in danger; shadowy figures want this rare book destroyed and Julian Carax erased from history. Set among Barcelona’s crumbling buildings and warren of alleyways, Daniel’s perilous quest is also his maturation, as he navigates love, friendship and a fraught paternal relationship in a city still healing after the Civil War. An incredible literary achievement, The Shadow of the Wind can now be shared with generations to come in this beautiful collector’s edition.

About Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Born in Barcelona in 1964, Carlos Ruiz Zafón was one of the most widely read Spanish authors. Following a career in advertising, he moved to Los Angeles to work as a scriptwriter before writing his first novel, The Prince of Mist, which won the Edebé Prize for Children’s Literature in 1993. Zafón was best-known for his novel The Shadow of the Wind (2001; Folio Society 2023), which was the first in his four-volume collection called ‘The Cemetary of Forgotten Books’. Zafón died in Los Angeles in 2020.

About Lucia Graves

Lucia Graves is an English writer and translator. Graves grew up in Mallorca where she spoke English, Spanish and Catalan. After studying at the University of Oxford, Graves returned to Spain and lived mainly in Barcelona, before moving to London in the 1990s. Graves has translated more than 30 volumes, most notably Carlos Ruiz Zafón’s ‘The Cemetary of Forgotten Books’ cycle, as well as writing the memoir A Woman Unknown (1999) and novel The Memory House (2002).

About Jorge Gonzalez

Born in Buenos Aires in 1970, Jorge Gonzalez has lived in Spain for almost twenty years. His conceptual, graphic style is stylised and González uses media including pastel, collage, charcoal and coloured pencil in his work. His book Fueye/Bandonéon won First Prize for Graphic Novel FNAC-Sinsentido in 2009. He also published the children’s stories La Cueva del Bandolero and Kinú y la ley de Amarok and Hate Jazz. He is the author of the animated short film Jazz song and collaborates with The New Yorker. His latest publications include The Lord of the Flies, Memories of the Subsoil, and Barbosa the Pirate.


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