The Shadow of the Wind (Limited Edition)

Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Illustrated by Jorge González

Preface by Lucia Graves

Translated by Lucia Graves

Limited to 500 numbered copies

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

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

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 Cemetery of Forgotten Books, ten-year-old Daniel is allowed to choose one 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. A captivating story of huge historical and fantastical scope, this book about books became an international bestseller and remains beloved the world over. 

With this beautiful limited edition, you can step into Daniel's shoes and choose La Sombra del Viento directly from the Cemetery of Forgotten Books. Its sumptuous leather binding, blocked in gold and with a gilded top edge, is an exact replica of Daniel's own magical discovery. Limited to just 500 numbered copies, each edition is signed by the artist Jorge González and presented in a cloth-bound slipcase with a design depicting the enchanting interior of the emporium. Hidden inside the slipcase the illustration of the magical library continues, while González has also created seven double-page illustrations that are woven throughout the novel and recreate Ruiz Zafón’s Barcelona. The limited edition includes an exclusive print, as well as a beautifully written new preface by translator Lucia Graves, who first brought this literary phenomenon to an anglophone readership.

Limitation tip signed by Jorge González

Bound in leather blocked in gold foil

496 pages set in Sabon

7 double-page colour illustrations

Illustrated black & white title-page spread

Gilded page tops 

Ribbon marker 

Slipcase covered with printed cloth and with hidden illustration inside

Exclusive print in presentation folder

10˝ x 6¾˝

‘An instant classic.’
  1. Daily Telegraph

A multi-million bestseller, and one of the most successful Spanish novels ever written, (second only to Don Quixote),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 leather-bound limited edition. 

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. Ruiz 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 Cemetery of Forgotten Books’. Ruiz Zafón died in Los Angeles in 2020. 

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).

Born in Buenos Aires in 1970, Jorge González has lived in Spain for almost 20 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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