Steve Porter

Ghosts of Spain: Travels Through a Country’s Hidden Past by Giles Tremlett

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

The Guardian’s Spanish correspondent, Giles Tremlett, gives a panoramic view of Spain.

The Angel of History by Bruno Arpaia

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

An award-winning reimagining of Walter Benjamin’s final days during World War II, by Italian author Bruno Arpaia

Books hold no passport – Carlos Ruiz Zafón discusses The Shadow of the Wind

Wednesday, October 1st, 2008

Many English-speaking readers will know that Carlos Ruiz Zafón burst onto the international literary scene with The Shadow of the Wind. The English translation first appeared in 2004 and soon hit the best-seller lists. But the Sombra del viento phenomenon had already been gathering momentum for two or three years in Spain. In fact, Zafón […]

Walking in Carlos Ruiz Zafón’s Barcelona

Monday, September 1st, 2008

When Daniel Sempere visits the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, his father invites the boy to take his pick from the shelves. Daniel settles on The Shadow of the Wind by Julian Carax; a Barcelona writer exiled in Paris. Carax’s work has become much sought after due to its rarity. Even the devil wants a copy. […]