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The City of Mist
by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Carlos Ruiz Zafon’s tragic death at the age of 55 left thousands of readers devestated that there wouldn’t be any more in the Cemetry of Forgotten books series which began with the Shadow of the Wind, but he did leave us a gift – before his death he wrote 11 short stories set in Barcelona.
The City of Mist introduces some new characters but to my great joy, it brings back some of the much loved favourites. It’s a bit of a tease as it leaves you dying for more but what a glorious parting gift from the master of the atmospheric!
The stories are mysterious, imbued with a sense of menace, and told with the warmth, wit, and humor of Zafón’s inimitable voice. A boy decides to become a writer when he discovers that his creative gifts capture the attentions of an aloof young beauty who has stolen his heart. A labyrinth maker flees Constantinople to a plague-ridden Barcelona, with plans for building a library impervious to the destruction of time. A strange gentleman tempts Cervantes to write a book like no other, each page of which could prolong the life of the woman he loves. And a brilliant Catalan architect named Antoni Gaudí reluctantly agrees to cross the ocean to New York, a voyage that will determine the fate of an unfinished masterpiece.
Imaginative and beguiling, these and other stories in The City of Mist summon up the mesmerizing magic of their brilliant creator and invite us to come dream along with him.
a posthumous parting gift from Ruiz Zafón to his millions of fans. The whole point of his oeuvre, so perfectly realised in his Cemetery of Forgotten Books series, is that he thickly layers gothic Barcelona detail on to tragic, romantic and mysterious narratives. – The Guardian
As well as allusions to the Forgotten Books novels themselves, there’s everywhere evidence of the storytelling skill and intoxicating tropes – Faustian pacts, fateful meetings, labyrinthine architecture and nested stories – that made Zafon such a phenomenon. – Daily Mail
The Dickens of Barcelona… A flamboyant farewell from a grand contemporary writer. – Sydney Morning Herald
Ruiz Zafón’s visionary storytelling prowess is a genre unto itself.—USA Today