Spanish writer Carlos Ruiz Zafón, author of "La sombra del viento", dies

Spanish writer Carlos Ruiz Zafón, author of

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"The writer Carlos Ruiz Zafón died today, June 19, 2020, at the age of 55, at his residence in Los Angeles, United States, due to cancer," said the Grupo Planeta in a statement.

"He has left us one of the best contemporary novelists, but he will remain very much alive among all of us through his books," added Planeta in a written sense.

In it they included a quote from Daniel Sempere's father, the protagonist of his best-known book and one of the most successful Spanish novels of recent decades.

«Every book, every volume you see, has a soul. The soul of those who wrote it, and the soul of those who read it and lived and dreamed of it ”, says this character when he shows his son the well-known Cemetery of Forgotten Books.

This is the genesis of a suspense story set in Barcelona after the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) in which Daniel Sempere tries to unravel the mystery surrounding the author of a book, Julián Carax.

The book published in 2001 was a literary sensation, with translations into some fifty languages ​​and millions of copies sold worldwide, launching stardom to stardom. Ruiz Zafon, previously dedicated to youth literature with works such as "Marina".

From "The wind's shadow»Was born the tetralogy of the« Cemetery of Forgotten Books », the labyrinthine and magical secret library on which the saga that culminated in 2016 revolves, two years before he was diagnosed with cancer.

In the presentation in Barcelona of the fourth volume, "The Labyrinth of the Spirits", the author claimed to feel "at peace" because the tetralogy was "exactly what it had to be."

In that act he also explained why he was never seduced by the numerous offers to adapt his successful saga to the cinema.

«For me these books are a tribute to literature, to the written word. Therefore, transforming them to film or television would be a betrayal, "he said.

Born in Barcelona in 1964, Ruiz Zafón was educated in a religious school and graduated in Information Sciences.

Although his fondness for literature dates back to his childhood, he did not publish his first book until he was in his late thirties and after abandoning the advertising career that he had developed until then.

Via Planet.

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