Quotes by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Spanish novelist

Alive from: 1964-2020

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    Barcelona is a very old city in which you can feel the weight of history; it is haunted by history. You cannot walk around it without perceiving it.
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    A modern-day Dickens with a popular voice and a genius for storytelling in any genre, Stephen King has written many wonderful books.
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    In Los Angeles you get the sense sometimes that there's a mysterious patrol at night: when the streets are empty and everyone's asleep, they go erasing the past. It's like a bad Ray Bradbury story - 'The Memory Erasers'.
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    Mention the gothic, and many readers will probably picture gloomy castles and an assortment of sinister Victoriana. However, the truth is that the gothic genre has continued to flourish and evolve since the days of Bram Stoker, producing some of its most interesting and accomplished examples in the 20th century - in literature, film and beyond.
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    Shirley Jackson's writings are a must for aficionados of the gothic and of good literature.
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    The Cemetery of Forgotten Books is a metaphor, not just for books but for ideas, for language, for knowledge, for beauty, for all the things that make us human, for collecting memory.
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    The Cemetery of Forgotten Books is like the greatest, most fantastic library you could ever imagine. It's a labyrinth of books with tunnels, bridges, arches, secret sections - and it's hidden inside an old palace in the old city of Barcelona.
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    The haunting of history is ever present in Barcelona. I see cities as organisms, as living creatures. To me, Madrid is a man and Barcelona is a woman. And it's a woman who's extremely vain.
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    The success of 'The Shadow of the Wind' made me very happy, but it did not change my perspective or the way I was.
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    There are two things that I cannot live without: music and books. Caffeine isn't dignified enough to qualify.
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    Wars have no memory, and nobody has the courage to understand them until there are no voices left to tell what happened, until the moment comes when we no longer recognize them and they return, with another face and another name, to devour what they left behind.
    Source: La sombra del viento (The Shadow of the Wind) (2001)
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    When 'The Shadow of the Wind' became a success I had already been a working writer, I'd been through the ups and downs, I'd seen how it worked.
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