Copyright: Carlos Ruiz Zafón, 2001
Translation copyright: Lucia Gaves, 2004
ISBN 1-59420-010-6 (hardcover)
ISBN 0 14 30.3490 1 (paperback)
The story begins in 1945. Daniel Sempere is ten, almost eleven as he likes to point out. His father owns a second hand bookshop. His mother died shortly before his fourth birthday from cholera after the Spanish Civil War. They live in Barcelona above the bookshop.