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Marina (Paperback)
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Marina (Paperback)

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Paperback 320 Pages / Published: 12/02/2015
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'Fifteen years on, the remembrance of that day has returned to me. I have seen that boy wandering through the mist of the railway station, and the name of Marina has flared up again like a fresh wound. We all have a secret buried under lock and key in the attic of our soul. This is mine...'

In May 1980, 15-year-old Oscar Drai suddenly vanishes from his boarding school in the old quarter of Barcelona. For seven days and nights no one knows his whereabouts...

His story begins in the heart of old Barcelona, when he meets Marina and her father German Blau, a portrait painter. Marina takes Oscar to a cemetery to watch a macabre ritual that occurs on the fourth Sunday of each month. At 10 a.m. precisely a coach pulled by black horses appears. From it descends a woman dressed in black, her face shrouded, wearing gloves, holding a single rose. She walks over to a gravestone that bears no name, only the mysterious emblem of a black butterfly with open wings.

When Oscar and Marina decide to follow her they begin a journey that will take them to the heights of a forgotten, post-war Barcelona, a world of aristocrats and actresses, inventors and tycoons; and a dark secret that lies waiting in the mysterious labyrinth beneath the city streets.

Carlos Ruiz Zafon was born in Barcelona and is the author of seven novels including THE SHADOW OF THE WIND. He is one of the world's most read and best-loved writers. His work has been translated into more than 40 languages and published around the world, garnering numerous international prizes and reaching millions of readers. He divides his time between Barcelona and Los Angeles.

Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
ISBN: 9781780224268
Number of pages: 320
Dimensions: 201 x 130 x 24 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
A magical, gothic tale * GLAMOUR *
Readers who loved Zafron's The Shadow of the Wind will find shades of that magical bestseller in this gothic tale that's so elegantly told * CHOICE MAGAZINE *
Vivid and unforgettable. * MY WEEKLY *
Packed with every Gothic excess - freak-show photography, severed artificial hands, even evil butterflies - but Oscar's growing infatuation gives it depth and unity * METRO *

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“We only remember what never really happened”

I picked up this book thinking that the front cover looked cool, and that even if the story didn't live up to the cover it would look great on my bookshelf.
I'm happy to say that the story blew me away. I... More

Hardback edition
6th November 2013
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“Modern twist on Frankenstein”

This was a great book for anyone who loves a good haunting Gothic read. Well written and very scary in places. This wouldn't be out out of place on a teenage or adult book shelf. Had a touch of Frankenstein about...

Hardback edition
24th October 2013
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“Different but totally worth it”

This book is unlike any book I have read before when I started reading it it took me awhile to got into it at times I thought it was quite slow but that all changed the more I read it the more I loved it . It is a... More

Hardback edition
3rd November 2013
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