Wednesday, March 25, 2009

A summer release not to be missed

Third in my "I Just Can't Wait for This Book to Come Out" posts is Carlos Ruiz Zafon's Angel's Game, prequel to the fantabulous Shadow of the Wind, one of my favorite books ever. I posted here about that one and told you all how excited I was about this upcoming release, but have any info on the release other than that it was a prequel. 

Well, the book is due out on June 16 (mark your calendars) and here's some info from Amazon:

In an abandoned mansion at the heart of Barcelona, a young man - David Martin - makes his living by writing sensationalist novels under a pseudonym. The survivor of a troubled childhood, he has taken refuge in the world of books, and spends his nights spinning baroque tales about the city's underworld. But perhaps his dark imaginings are not as strange as they seem, for in a locked room deep within the house are letters hinting at the mysterious death of the previous owner. Like a slow poison, the history of the place seeps into his bones as he struggles with an impossible love. Then David receives a letter from a reclusive French editor, Andreas Corelli, who makes him the offer of a lifetime. He is to write a book with the power to change hearts and minds. In return, he will receive a fortune, perhaps more. But as David begins the work, he realises that there is a connection between this haunting book and the shadows that surround his home. 

Set in the turbulent 1920s, The Angel's Game takes us back to the gothic universe of the Cemetery of the Forgotten Books, the Sempere and Son bookshop, and the winding streets of Barcelona's old quarter, in a masterful tale about the magic of books and the darkest corners of the human soul.

Shadow of the Wind is such a beautifully written, gothic tale that I don't see how this one could be any less magnificent. Plus, if you're like me and you love books about books, this one should give us more insight into the mysterious tales that fill Shadow of the Wind. 

I'm a big fan of gothic reads. It's a style that I think either few are interested in mastering these days, or that few are able to master these days. Zafon's US debut was one of the first modern gothic tales that I read and it left me wanting more. 

I should also point out that Angel's Game has been translated by Lucia Graves who also translated In the Shadow of the Wind

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