Carlos Ruiz Zafon was Michael Cathcart’s guest on Radio National’s Books and Arts Daily today.
This is the podcast of their conversation.
Carlos’s s latest novel is Prisoner of Heaven.
I was very interested to hear Carlos discussing the ‘cemetery of lost books‘, “a labyrinthine library of obscure and forgotten titles that have long gone out of print”.
Andrew Stephens writes of the cemetery:
The Cemetery is a repository for forgotten books that have been carefully preserved by a select few librarians, and it symbolises for Ruiz Zafon the loss of literature, beauty and knowledge, as well as the destruction of memory, identity and ideas.
I am fascinated by the idea expressed in The Shadow of the Wind that:
Every book, every volume you see here, has a soul. The first time someone visits this place, he must choose a book and adopt it, making sure that it will never disappear, that it will always stay alive.