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From Paris to Barcelona

January 12, 2016

This week’s reading has taken me from Paris to Barcelona, from a floating bookshop on the Seine to the cemetery of forgotten books hidden in a backstreet somewhere off the Ramblas. Not so much a read as a re-read.

I first came across The Shadow of the Wind when I was working for Darlington’s Crown Street library . The book was my first acquaintance with the writing of Carlos Ruiz Zafon whose work deals with a darker side of Barcelona.

Thriller’s are not normally my genre of choice but I have since gone on to read several of his other books which have been translated into English. What I remembered most from my first reading was the idea that a book has a soul.

As the protagonist’s father explains when he introduces him to the cemetery, which is a mysterious sanctuary for books: ‘Every book, every volume you see here, has a soul. The soul of the person who wrote it and of those who read it and lived and dreamed with it.  Every time a book changes hands, every time someone runs his eyes down its pages, its spirit grows and strengthens.'(Weidenfeld & Nicolson: 2005)

When I visited Barcelona a few years ago I did not find either the cemetery of forgotten books or the bookshop owned by Sempere and his son Daniel but I did find inspiration for several poems which have since found their way into a collection entitled Masquerade. 

If you have not read them before, you can download them for free from my author page at http://www.smashwords.com/view/profile/JudithLesleyMarshall. 

In the meantime I would like to thank all of you who have encouraged me to continue writing by reading, sharing and responding to my words. You now number some 3000 through Smashwords alone!

As you know if you follow this blog I have been working on a new collection on the theme of ‘sanctuary’ for some time now. They have just been through another edit and should be released in the near future.

So, once again thank you for following, reading and downloading. I will be back with you soon.

 

 

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