Noted Spanish writer Carlos Ruiz Zafón, known for 2011 best-selling thriller The Shadow of the Wind, passes away aged 55

The Spanish publisher, Planeta, said in a news release on 19 June that Carlos Ruiz Zafón died in Los Angeles. It gave no cause of death, but Zafón was known to have cancer.

The Associated Press June 19, 2020 18:40:04 IST
Noted Spanish writer Carlos Ruiz Zafón, known for 2011 best-selling thriller The Shadow of the Wind, passes away aged 55

Carlos Ruiz Zafón, author of the best-selling novel The Shadow of the Wind and one of the world’s most popular Spanish writers, has died. He was 55.

His Spanish publisher, Planeta, said in a news release on 19 June that Zafón died in Los Angeles. It gave no cause of death, but Zafón was known to have cancer.

A tweet from the publisher included a quote from The Shadow of the Wind, which earned Zafón international renown: “Every book, every volume you see, has a soul. The soul of the person who wrote it and the soul of those who read it and lived it and dreamed about it.”

Noted Spanish writer Carlos Ruiz Zafn known for 2011 bestselling thriller The Shadow of the Wind passes away aged 55

Image via Twitter/ Carlos Ruiz Zafón.

Born in Barcelona in 1964, Zafón worked as a publicist before becoming a full-time writer.

He got noticed in the early 1990s with the publication of the first volume of the Mist Trilogy, including The Prince of Mist, initially published as a young adult novel.

The Shadow of the Wind, a literary thriller from 2001, is the first in his series The Cemetery of Forgotten Books.

The novel, set in Barcelona, recounts the hunt for a mysterious author, mingling reality, fantasy and love. It quickly became a worldwide bestseller. The Angel’s Dream was another strong seller in the series.

His works have been translated into more than 50 languages, according to Planeta, and have won numerous prizes.

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