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''The Shadow of the Wind'' is a 2001 best-selling mystery novel by Spanish author Carlos Ruiz Zafón.

Set in Barcelona after the Spanish Civil War, the story follows Daniel, who, as a young boy, discovers a long-forgotten book in a secret library entitled ''The Shadow of the Wind'' by Julián Carax. Daniel tries to seek out other books by the author, but can find nothing and no information on Carax himself. Then he hears stories of a strange man calling himself Lain Coubert, the name of the [[{{Satan}} devil]] in Carax's book, who is seeking out and burning all copies of the mysterious author's novels.

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!!This book contains examples of:
* AlliterativeName: Miquel Moliner.
* AnimalMotifs: Fumero is associated with insects: cold, calculating, heartless.
* AwesomeButImpractical: Tomás Aguilar devotes his time to building things like the "aerostatic dart." Daniel points this out.
* BigEater: Fermín, despite being described as underweight, has an incredible appetite.
* BookEnds
* ChekhovsGun: The Montblanc Pen Daniel gets as a birthday present on his sixteenth birthday.
* ColdBloodedTorture: Fermín is covered in scars that are revealed to be the result of this.
* CreepyChild: Inspector Fumero, naturally, who used to capture cats and pigeons and torture them for hours. Julián was a milder version.
* DeathByChildbirth: [[spoiler: Julián's lover dies in childbirth]].
* DespairEventHorizon: [[spoiler: Julián, after Penélope dies]].
* DisabledLoveInterest: Clara, Gustavo Barcelo's blind niece, was the object of Daniel's teenaged affections.
* FramingDevice: A significant part of Julián and Miquel's story is told through Nuria's letter to Daniel (which was sent [[spoiler: after she was murdered]].)
* GeniusBruiser, GentleGiant: Both apply to Tomás Aguilar
* HeroesWantRedheads: Daniel for [[spoiler: Beatriz]].
* HeroicBastard: [[spoiler: Julián Carax was Ricardo Aldaya's son (and therefore Jorge and Penélope's half-brother)]].
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: Miquel Moliner]] sacrifices himself for Julián by pretending to be him and [[{{CrowningMomentOfAwesome}} shooting two police officers.]]
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Miquel and Julián seemed to be this, although it's more apparent on Miquel's side.
* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: Rociíto proves to be one at the end of the story.
* IfYouEverDoAnythingToHurtHer: Tomás delivers a something along this line to Daniel, when he starts seeing [[spoiler: his sister]].
* InadequateInheritor: Don Ricardo sees Jorge as this.
* IOweYouMyLife: Fermín will do anything he can for Daniel and his father as they have taken him in from the street and gave him a job, making him a respectable citizen again.
* JekyllAndHyde: A variant with [[spoiler: Julián Carax,]] who, after his DespairEventHorizon, takes on the name of Laín Coubert, [[spoiler: a character he himself created.]]
* LadykillerInLove: Fermín to Bernarda.
* LawOfInverseFertility: [[spoiler: Julián gets Penelope pregnant the first time they have sex, same goes for Daniel and Bea]].
* TheLostLenore: Penélope, for Julián.
* LoveMartyr: Nuria Monfort for [[spoiler: Julián Carax,]] especially after his transformation into Laín Coubert. It doesn't work.
* MadeOfIron: Fermín, who, after being severely beaten by Inspector Fumero, recovers rapidly and immediately starts groping the nurse.
** Also [[spoiler: Julián Carax,]] who survives having all his skin burnt off.
* MagicalRealism
* MeaningfulEcho: "The day I die, all that was once mine will be yours..." "...except your dreams." Between [[spoiler: Julián and Miquel, both as children, and moments before Miquel dies.]]
** And again between Daniel and [[spoiler: his son,]] at the end of the book, mirroring the very first chapter.
* MindScrew: Thanks to multiple {{Reveal}}s [[JigsawPuzzlePlot that leave out some important particular.]] [[AuthorAppeal Zafón does it with]] ''[[AuthorAppeal every single novel]]'' [[AuthorAppeal he writes.]]
* MirrorMonster: As a child, Julián made up stories that he had a sister who lived in hell and came to visit him through the mirror.
* MoralityChain: [[spoiler: When Julián finds out Penélope died years ago, his world falls apart and he starts burning his own books.]] Until Daniel appears in his life.
* MoralityPet: Daniel to [[spoiler: Julián]] who sees himself and another chance at life in him.
* MurderTheHypotenuse: [[spoiler: Fumero ''tried'' to do this to Julián.]]
* NoNameGiven: Fermín Romero de Torres is an alias, of course. We never do find out his real name.
** A newspaper in the novel gives his name as Antonio José Gutiérrez Alcayete. Given the newspaper gets his informations from Fumero, it could actually be the real one as well one that Fumero invented.
* PlotParallel: There are plenty of parallels between the stories of Julián and Daniel.
* PosthumousCharacter: Guess who? [[spoiler: Subverted with Julián, who turns out to be still alive. Nuria Monfort is a straighter example. And also Miquel]]
* ReallyGetsAround: Fermín is a mild version of this, he flirts with every woman he sees, but has stayed monogamous since he met Bernarda.
* TheReveal: [[spoiler: the identity of Laìn Coubert is quite shocking, especially after the author spent most of the book trying to make the reader think it was Jorge Aldaya]]
* RoomFullOfCrazy: Julián's childhood room is covered in crosses and Catholic symbols, though it's his father, not him, who did it.
* StalkerWithACrush: Francisco Javier Fumero used to be one for [[spoiler: Penélope Aldaya]].
* SurpriseIncest: [[spoiler: Julián doesn't know that Penélope is his half-sister]].
* TragicMonster: Lain Coubert.
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: Again, Fumero, who always seems to be on the winning side.

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