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.
“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
Bücher sind Spiegel: Man sieht in ihnen nur das, was man schon in sich hat.
Der Schatten des Windes- Carlos Ruiz Zafón
“Books are mirrors: you only see in them what you already have inside you.” The Shadow of the Wind
My favourite quote from one of my favourite books that I bought in German today. One day I’ll learn Spanish and read it in its original form. If it is so beautifully written when translated (a process which often loses some of the magic of the original language) then I can’t imagine how beautiful it would be in Spanish.
This one took me a bit of thinking to chose one, but as soon as I saw this one in my list, I knew this was it. This is one of those kinds of books that is just so beautifully written that you have to stop and marvel every few pages or so. Zafon has a very noir, dark, mysterious air in this series (which I didn’t know it was a series until a few months ago). It’s also all about books and some of the pieces of writing in here could only be written by someone who truly understands them. If you haven’t read this book already, go do it. Now. I mean it. You won’t regret it. Not to mention they have some awesome covers.