The City of Mist

ebook / ISBN-13: 9781474623148

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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Fiction: Special Features / Short Stories

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The echo of the novels of The Cemetery of Forgotten Books series resonates in the stories of Carlos Ruiz Zafón: gathered here for the first time – and some never before published in English – these stories are a celebration of one of the world’s great storytellers

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.

A celebration of a master storyteller, beloved by fans around the world:

‘The real deal: one gorgeous read’
Stephen King

‘This book will change your life. An instant classic’
Daily Telegraph

‘A book lover’s dream’
The Times

‘A hymn of praise to all the joys of reading’

‘Gripping and instantly atmospheric’
Mail on Sunday

‘Irresistibly readable’

‘Diabolically good’


Ruiz Zafón's many fans are sure to find his collection of short stories both familiarly satisfying and poignant . . . Readers will once again luxuriate in his florid descriptions of his hometown of Barcelona that bring to life that magical and mysterious city . . . [they] will encounter new characters but also find familiar names, offering fresh perspectives on fictional lives we already know so well
Washington Post
Mysterious, imbued with a sense of menace, and told with the warmth, wit, and humor of Zafón's inimitable voice . . . the stories contained within this posthumous collection summon up the mesmerizing magic of their brilliant creator and invite us to come dream along with him
Book Riot
The Dickens of Barcelona... A flamboyant farewell from a grand contemporary writer.
Sydney Morning Herald
PRAISE FOR CARLOS RUIZ ZAFON AND THE CEMETERY OF FORGOTTEN BOOKS 'The real deal: one gorgeous read' Stephen King 'Will change your life. An instant classic' Daily Telegraph 'A book lover's dream' The Times 'Marvellous' Sunday Times 'A hymn of praise to all the joys of reading' Independent 'Gripping and instantly atmospheric' Mail on Sunday 'Irresistibly readable' Guardian 'Diabolically good' Elle
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.
Stephanie Cross, DAILY MAIL
A posthumous parting gift from Ruiz Zafón to his millions of fans . . . with much-loved places and characters making fleeting reappearances, it's a fitting coda to his life and world