The Spanish writer Carlos Ruiz Zafon, famous worldwide for his novel the Shadow of The wind, died at age 55 of cancer. "The writer, Carlos Ruiz Zafon has died today, June 19, 2020, at age 55, in his home in Los Angeles, United States, cancer ", said her publishing house Planeta said in a statement. "One of the finest novelists contemporary has left us, but he will remain very much alive among us through his books," adds the editor, who published the last twenty years, the novels of Ruiz Zafon, especially his tetralogy of The Cemetery of books forgotten. Published between 2001 and 2016, it includes the Shadow of The wind, The Game of the angel, The Prisoner of heaven and The Labyrinth of minds.
In this suspense novel that takes place in Barcelona after the Spanish civil war (1936-1939), the young Daniel Sempere tries to unravel the mystery surrounding the writer, Julian Carax. The novel, published in 2001 quickly became a huge success, translated into fifty languages and sold millions of copies around the world, making a star of its author, who had hitherto devoted to children's literature. Born in Barcelona in 1964, Carlos Ruiz Zafon, educated in a religious institution and holds a diploma in communication, had initially made a career in advertising before publishing his first novel in nearly thirty years.
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