In this gothic romp through post-war Barcelona, 15-year-olds Oscar and Marina encounter reanimated prosthetic limbs, faces ravaged by acid, and the ubiquitous black butterfly. From graveyards to abandoned greenhouses, this book is spine-chillingly beautiful.
"We all have a secret buried under lock and key in the attic of our soul. This is mine."
When Fifteen-year-old Oscar Drai suddenly vanishes from his boarding school in Barcelona, no one knows his whereabouts for seven days and seven nights.
His story begins when he meets the strange Marina while he's exploring an old quarter of the city. She leads Oscar to a cemetery, where they watch a macabre ritual that occurs on the last Sunday of each month. At exactly ten o'clock in the morning, a woman shrouded in a black velvet cloak descends from her carriage to place a single rose on an unmarked grave.
When Oscar and Marina decide to follow her, they begin a journey that transports them to a forgotten postwar Barcelona--a world of aristocrats and actresses, inventors and tycoons--an reveals a dark secret that lies waiting in the mysterious labyrinth beneath the city streets.
Carlos Ruiz Zafon's haunting Marina has long been a cult classic in Spain and is now an international bestseller.
About the Author
Carlos Ruiz Zafón is the author of seven novels, including the New York Times bestseller The Prince of Mist and the international phenomena The Shadow of the Wind and The Angel's Game. His work has been publishedin more than fifty countries and honored with numerous awards. Hedivides his time between Barcelona, Spain, and Los Angeles, California.
Praise for Marina: A 2015 ABC Best Book for Young Readers
* "This beautifully written work of historical fiction is impossible to put down."—School Library Journal, starred review
* "Zafón is a master of both the subtle simile and the outrageous image.... Unlikely discoveries in mysterious, half-ruined mansions alternate with spine-tingling action sequences to create a grotesquerie that will delight horror fans."—Publishers Weekly, starred review
* "Fans of Neil Gaiman will devour this book, and it deserves a place next to popular mysteries."—VOYA, starred review