The Angel’s Game

Spain’s hottest literary star, Carlos Ruiz Zafon, just released the gothic prequel to his hit The Shadow of the Wind, which has sold more than 12 million copies in 50 countries. The Angel’s Game (Doubleday) is set in 1920s Barcelona and revolves around the enigmatic young novelist David Martin, who finds sanctuary in an abandoned mansion and becomes entangled in its ancient secrets. Slowly but surely, the history of the place starts to seep into his bones as he tries to capture the heart of an unattainable woman. Suddenly, he gets the chance of a lifetime when a French editor makes him an offer he can’t refuse: write a book that will change mankind and in turn, he will grant him great fortune. But as he continues to write, he discovers there is a connection between his book and the ghosts that haunt his home.

Ruiz Zafon’s cryptic tale is one about obsession with love—and literature. “The whole of Barcelona stretched out at my feet and I wanted to believe that, when I opened those windows, its streets would whisper stories to me, secrets I could capture on paper and narrate to whomever cared to listen, ” he writes.

You’ve got us listening, David…or should I say, Carlos…