Carlos Ruiz Zafón, whose wildly popular 2001 novel “The Shadow of the Wind” led to three sequels and made him one of the world’s most beloved Spanish authors, has died. He was 55.
His Spanish publisher, Planeta, said in a statement Friday that Zafón died in Los Angeles. It gave no cause of death, but Zafón was known to have cancer. A tweet from the publisher included a quote from “The Shadow of the Wind,” which earned Zafón international renown: “Every book, every volume you see, has a soul. The soul of the person who wrote it and the soul of those who read it and lived it and dreamed about it.” Born in Barcelona in 1964, Zafón worked as a publicist before becoming a full-time writer. He left an important mark in modern literature and allowed us to travel through his stories.
“One of the most read and admired Spanish authors worldwide has left us,” Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez said on Twitter. “Carlos Ruiz Zafón… leaves an important mark in modern literature. Thank you for letting us travel through your stories.”