Saturday, February 2, 2013

Carlos Ruiz Zafon Interview

Spanish author Carlos Ruiz Zafon is one of the most talented writers working today. His novels include The Shadow of the Wind, The Angel's Game, and The Prisoner of Heaven  and have sold more than 15 million copies worldwide.

I always find it fascinating to learn the process by which an author created a great novel (or novels, in this case), so I thought I would share this video highlight of an interview with Carlos Ruiz Zafon conducted by The Agony Column’s Rick Kleffel for Zocalo Public Square in May of 2010.

The full interview can be found on Zocalo's website here; it's about 52 minutes long, but well worth the time. In addition to insight into how he writes, over the course of the full interview Zafon covers topics ranging from the authors that inspire him to the importance of language to the process of translating his novels from Spanish to English to the complexity of female characters. If you haven't already read Zafon's novels, you will definitely want to after seeing this interview.


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