chapter  10
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In the Cemetery of Forgotten Books

It is exactly what the title proclaims, a Cemetery of Forgotten Books. Carlos Ruiz Zafon (born 1964), the literary sensation and newly ac­ claimed Spanish writer, conveys with great clarity in his first adult novel, The Shadow o f the Wind (2001), a story very much worth telling.1 The main protagonist of this novel is little Daniel, a 10-year-old boy, who at the request of his father visits his intriguing bookshop. W hile wandering in the various aisles and hidden places within the confines of thousands of shelved books, his father brings him to a special room where he will face those works of art and love that have been forgotten by the unappreciative public. He is about to enter the Cemetery of Forgotten Books.