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Carlos Ruiz Zafón on Inspiration, Mystery, and Women
24-05-2010
Three-dimensional movies and multiplayer video games may be flashy, but, according to Rick Kleffel, one technology has them beat — the age-old mechanism of reading. Reading, he said, is “a primal force in which we the readers collaborate with the authors to create characters, adventures, empathy and memories not unlike those of our real lives."

Kleffel, who runs the book review site The Agony Column, visited Zócalo to chat with Carlos Ruiz Zafón, author of The Angel’s Game and The Shadow of the Wind, whom he called "one of our most read and best loved writers." Zafón, whose books have been translated into more than 40 languages and published around the world, chatted about his life, his inspiration, and his work.

Sharks and trains

Zafón recalled that as a child, he was constantly writing. "What always interested me is language, codes, systems, structures — I wanted to figure out how those things work," he said. From music to numbers to words, each code expresses ideas and emotions, Zafón explained. Storytelling, to him, was the most magical of these codes. "Just with ink and paper you could create stories and worlds and universes."

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