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Carlos Ruiz Zafón in 2017

The famed and world-illustrious Spanish novelist Carlos Ruiz Zafón has died in Los Angeles, conventional 55.

He had been in unhappy health for several years with most cancers.

His Barcelona-based mostly mostly mystery The Shadow of the Wind (La sombra del viento) used to be a worldwide hit in 2001, printed in 50 countries.

It used to be the predominant in a four-part cycle called Cemetery of Forgotten Books. His work used to be strongly influenced by crime fiction and cinema.

Born in 1964, he grew up in a flat shut to Barcelona’s Sagrada Família basilica. Its irregular, highly revolutionary assemble became part of his fiction, which he populated with mythical creatures equivalent to dragons.

Zafón studied files expertise and had a keenness for cinema – indeed his screenplays for movies had been highly acclaimed, despite the indisputable truth that he made his title as a novelist.

After working for several advertising and marketing companies he devoted himself to literature, a hit an award for his first work – The Prince of Mist (1993) – written for young adults.

Other young adult fiction adopted, earlier than The Shadow of the Wind, his first novel for adults. He moved to Los Angeles in 1994.

The legendary, labyrinthine Cemetery of Forgotten Books has its Gothic origins within the 15th Century.

Spain’s High Minister Pedro Sánchez tweeted his condolences to the author’s family.

„One amongst the most broadly learn and admired Spanish authors has left us,“ he stated, adding that Zafón used to be a „key novelist of our generation“ who had „made a serious contribution to novel literature“.

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Opposition Current Celebration leader Pablo Casado stated Zafón had been an „distinctive narrator who transported readers to all corners of his expansive works“.

Author and translator Elvira Sastre Sanz recalled „reading his books hidden among the textbooks within the center of exams. I would possibly well well no longer let them prance“.

She added: „Let’s give his books as gifts: it’s the teach tribute.“

Novelist Blas Ruiz Grau stated his cherish of books used to be kindled by Zafón’s The Prince of Mist. „I in fact in fact feel his loss,“ he stated.

British writer and novelist Stephanie Merritt also paid tribute to the author in a Twitter put up.

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