The Angel's GameAuthor: Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Imprint: Text Publishing
Featured in the June, 2009 magazine
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translated by Lucia Graves
I took the envelope and examined it. It was closed with a wax seal on which I could make out a winged silhouette. An angel. Apart from that the only other thing visible was my name, neatly written in scarlet ink, in a fine hand.
In an abandoned mansion in Barcelona a young man named David Martin makes a living by writing steamy melodramas under a pseudonym. When his own novel receives scathing reviews, it seems his publishers are plotting against him and David is destined to literary obscurity.
In a locked room deep within the house he finds letters and photographs hinting at the death of the previous owner. Like a slow poison the history of the place seeps into his bones as David struggles with an impossible love.
Then he receives an extraordinary proposal from the French editor Andreas Corelli—a proposal that could make David rich and famous. And a bookseller called Sempere introduces him to the Cemetery of Forgotten Books…
Prequel to the best-selling The Shadow of the Wind, The Angel’s Game is a tale of lost souls and haunting shadows set amid the winding alleyways of Barcelona during the turbulent 1920s. It is a masterful tale and spellbinding love story about the magic of books and the darkest corners of the heart.