marinaIn May 1980, fifteen-year-old boarding school student Oscar Drai vanishes for a week after he meets the beautiful, ethereal Marina and her aged, portrait painter father, German Blau. Oscar and Marina walk to a hidden cemetery in the old Barcelona quarter where they witness a strange ritual. A woman, shrouded in black, places a rose on a grave marked with a black butterfly emblem. The complicated plot evolves as they try to solve this mystery. They unravel thirty years of macabre adventure and tragedy, involving post-WWII high society, a young diva, inventors, and tycoons in Barcelona’s underworld. An enjoyable part of the twisted gothic horror tale is the rich and flowing language describing Barcelona, but because of the disturbing paranormal elements, it is not the sort of book to read before bedtime. mjw
Title: Marina
Author: Carlos Ruiz Zafon
: Little, Brown and Company
: 2014
Original Language
: Spanish
: Lucia Graves
Original Title
: Marina
Original Publisher
: Edebe, Barcelona
Original Copyright
: 1999
: 978-0-316-04471-4
Hardcover pages
: 326
Age range
: 12 up
: Fiction, Mystery
Book setting
: Barcelona, Spain
Author’s ethnicity
: Spanish
Author’s residence
: Spain and U.S.
: Author has won Spain’s Edebe Literary Prize for Young Adult Fiction
: Barcelona, History, Mystery, Paranormal, Spain, Supernatural

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