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Librarians in Popular Culture: Isaac- The Shadow of the Wind

The Cemetery of Forgotten Books
is a secret place, where a huge collection of books that have been forgotten or have fallen into oblivion is kept. Isaac, the guardian of the book cemetery, explains that it was customary that those who go to the Cemetery for the first time adopt a book, which they will protect and care for. The Shadow of the Wind, written by an unknown author, Julian Carax was chosen for adoption by Daniel Sempere, a young boy of 10 in the Summer of 1945, Barcelona. From that day, Daniel embarks on a search to find out more about the book, its mysterious author and his life story.  This book threads its way into Daniel’s life deeply, and the lives of the author and the reader begin to intertwine. 

A writer never forgets the first time he accepted a few coins or a word of praise in exchange for a story. He will never forget the sweet poison of vanity in his blood and the belief that, if he succeeds in not letting anyone discover his lack of talent, the dream of literature will provide him with a roof over his head, a hot meal at the end of the day, and what he covets the most : his name printed on a miserable piece of paper that surely will outlive him. A writer is condemned to remember that moment, because from then on he is doomed and his soul has a price.
—  The Angel’s Game, by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

“Every book, every volume you see here, has a soul. The soul of the person who wrote it and of those who read it and lived and dreamed with it. Every time a book changes hands, every time someone runs his eyes down its pages, its spirit grows and strengthens.”
― Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind