If you’ve been reading A Dribble of Ink for any period of time, you’ll know I’m a huge fan of The Shadow of the Wind, the first English-language novel by Spanish author Carlos Ruiz Zafon.
So, needless to say, I was excited to see that Rick Kleffel of the Agony Column Podcast had a chance to sit down with Zafon and record a podcast.
When I heard that Zafón was going to be in town, I found myself in the wonderful position of getting to read his novels back-to-back, to immerse myself in his wonderful prose, his delightful cityscapes and his insidious, inventive narrative style. Zafón writes the sort of books that you just don’t want to end.
I managed to catch up with him in his hotel in San Francisco. While I was setting up, I mentioned that I used to work at E-mu Systems, and then, for the next ten minutes we geeked out about the joys of the Proteus Modules (which he and I both still used) and the virtues of hardware with knobs and switches and instant sounds coming out of nice, neat one-rack space modules. It was only the beginning.
Zafón has a firm grasp on what he’s doing with literature and why he’s doing what he’s doing. If you think his books are entertaining (that is, if you’ve read them, in which case you almost certain do!), then let me confirm that the man speaking about his novels is just as entertaining as are the novels themselves.
I recently finished Zafon’s latest novel, The Angel’s Game, which is easily my favourite read of the year so far. Keep an eye out for a review soon.
You can download/listen to the podcast HERE.