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El juego del ángel

Ruiz Zafón, Carlos

El juego del ángel

Year: 2008
Editorial: Planeta
Language: Español, Catalán
Published at: Dituria (Albania), Text (Australia), Objetiva (Brazil), Iztok-Zapad (Bulgaria), Thinkingdom Media Group (China), Fraktura (Croatia), Euromedia (Czech Republic; Rights reverted), Lindhardt og Ringhof (Denmark), Varrak (Estonia; Rights reverted), Otava Publishers (Finland), Robert Laffont (France), S. Fischer (Germany), Psichogios (Greece), Europa (Hungary), Forlagid (Iceland; Rights reverted), Kinneret-Zmora Bitan-Dvir (Israel), Mondadori (Italy), Shuei-Sha, Inc. (Japan; Rights reverted), Munhakdongne (Korea), Zvaigzne (Latvia; Rights reverted), Tyto Alba (Lithuania), Matica (Macedonia; Rights reverted), Nova Knjiga (Montenegro), Gyldendal Norsk (Norway), Muza (Poland), Planeta (Portugal), Polirom (Romania), AST (Russia), Carobna Knjiga (Serbia), Ikar (Slovakia; Rights reverted), Mladinska Knjiga Zalozba (Slovenia; Rights reverted), Planeta (Spain), Albert Bonniers Förlag (Sweden), Eurasian Press (Taiwan), A.W. Bruna (The Netherlands), Altin Kitaplar (Turkey; Rights reverted), Orion (UK), Hemiro (Ukraine; Rights reverted), Doubleday (English, USA), Vintage (Spanish, USA), Nha Nam (Vietnam).
Synopsis: “The whole of Barcelona stretched out at my feet and I wanted to believe that, when I opened those windows, its streets would whisper stories to me, secrets I could capture on paper and narrate to whoever cared to listen…”

In an abandoned mansion at the heart of Barcelona, a young man, David Martín, makes his living by writing sensationalist novels under a pseudonym. The survivor of a troubled childhood, he has taken refuge in the world of books, and spends his nights spinning baroque tales about the city’s underworld. But perhaps his dark imaginings are not as strange as they seem, for in a locked room deep within the house lie photographs and letters hinting at the mysterious death of the previous owner.

Like a slow poison, the history of the place seeps into his bones as he struggles with an impossible love. Close to despair, David receives a letter from a reclusive French editor, Andreas Corelli, who makes him the offer of a lifetime. He is to write a book unlike anything that has existed –a book with the power to change hearts and minds. In return, he will receive a fortune, perhaps more. But as David begins the work, he realises that there is a connection between this haunting book and the shadows that surround his home.

Set in the turbulent 1920s. “The Angel´s Game” takes us back to the gothic universe of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, the Sempere and Son bookshop, and the winding streets of Barcelona´s old quarter, in a masterful tale about the magic of books and the darkest corners of the human soul.

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