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Carlos Ruiz Zafón
Carlos Ruiz Zafón in 2008
Carlos Ruiz Zafón in 2008
Born 25 September 1964
Barcelona, Spain
Died 19 June 2020 (aged 55)
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
Occupation Writer
Language Spanish
Period 1994–2020

Carlos Ruiz Zafón ( 25 September 1964 – 19 June 2020) was a Spanish novelist. He was best known for his 2001 novel La sombra del viento (The Shadow of the Wind). His next novel was published in English in July 2012 as The Prisoner of Heaven.

On 19 June 2020, Zafón died of colorectal cancer, in Santa Monica, California at the age of 55.

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