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In May 1980, fifteen-year-old Oscar Drai suddenly vanishes from his boarding school in the old quarter of Barcelona. For seven days and nights no one knows his whereabouts. . . .

His story begins in the heart of old Barcelona, when he meets Marina and her father Germán Blau, a portrait painter. Marina takes Oscar to a cemetery to watch a macabre ritual that occurs on the fo...more
296 pages
Published August 2008 by Planeta (first published 1999)
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Shorter but definitely darker than The Shadow of the Wind and The Angel's Game. I wish someone made an animation based on the book, it has tons of potential. Or maybe a film, since most of the places described are real, but I'd rather see animated creepy creatures than horror-like ones.
Anyway, a fan of the novel made this video of the places in Barcelona mentioned in the book. I totally love the song and have no idea who sings it. I might just google a bit. Apparently it's Sia's My Love.


In the late 1970s Barcelona was a mirage of avenues and winding alleys where one could easily travel thirty or forty years into the past by just stepping into the foyer of a grand old building or walking into a cafe. Time and memory, history and fiction merged in the enchanted city like watercolours in the rain. It was there, in the lingering echo of the streets that no longer exist, that cathedrals and age-old palaces created the tapestry into which this story would be woven.

Once more, Carlos...more
Marina Leonhart
I just find this a brilliant book, and its not only because it has the most awesome name like, ever (my name lol) but I think it has a beautiful mixture of many genres, like it has a small dose of romance, sci-fi, mystery, thriller, drama that in a whole make it a book completely delicious and easy to read.

The fact that it can mix sci-fi, with the teenage romance and give it all a total mystery hunter style is priceless. Plus, each of the stories that develop tangled around the other has a one a...more
De todos os livros juvenis escritos por Carlos Ruiz Záfon este é, sem dúvida, o melhor. Apesar de também possuir alguns dos elementos presentes em la Trilogia de la Niebla, penso que neste a fórmula acabou por produzir melhores resultados.

Gostei bastante das personagens e dos seus diálogos, especialmente pelo sarcasmo que de vez em quando pontuava as suas falas. Óscar foi, sem dúvida, a minha personagem preferida, especialmente pela sua ligeireza para sair de certas situações e a pela forma como...more
Otro de libro que devoré en un mismo día. Esta vez porque de verdad me atrapó con sus geniales personajes, su exquisita narración y por sus inigualable ambientación. No estoy muy segura de lo que esperaba encontrarme en esta lectura, pero aun habiendo sido completamente diferente a lo que pensaba, ha sido toda una delicia de libro y una verdadera grata sorpresa. No sé por qué pensaba que este libro iba a ser más romántico que otra cosa. Pero para nada. Es sobre todo de misterio, de uno muy bien...more
Enrique Gatica
Después de haber leído "La Sombra del Viento" y fascinado por la literatura de Carlos Ruiz Zafón, decidí aventurarme al mundo de sus novelas para jóvenes, esperando que fueran, no solo menos maduras, sino menos sorprendentes. ¡Oh sorpresa!

Conforme fui avanzando en el libro, pude notar los elementos clave que tanto había disfrutado de su otra novela aquí presentes, tal vez no tan pulidas, pero igual de sorprendentes. La magia que maneja la historia, al tiempo que la aterriza con personajes asombr...more
Barcelona im Jahre 1980: Der Internatsschüler Oscar lernt die schöne und geheimnisvolle Marina kennen. Das Mädchen, das mit seinem kranken Vater in einer heruntergekommenen Villa lebt, führt ihn auf einen alten Friedhof, wo die beiden eine schwarzgekleidete alte Frau beobachten, die ein Grab besucht, dessen Grabstein nur das Symbol eines schwarzen Schmetterlings ziert. Als sie die Dame, deren Gesicht ihnen verborgen bleibt, verfolgen, geraten sie in einen Strudel düsterer tödlicher Geschehnisse....more
Review originally published at Learn This Phrase.

Marina is the last of Carlos Ruiz Zafón's existing books to be translated into English, following the first three books of the Barcelona quartet (for adult readers), and the Niebla trilogy (for teenagers). Published in Spanish in 1999 - two years before the worldwide bestseller The Shadow of the Wind - it is the final young adult novel written by the author, and its transitional nature is evident in the style. It reads as a lot more 'grown-up' tha...more
Dale Harcombe
The cover of this book is enough of a reason to want to read it. I adored the cover. As to the book itself, it is hard to describe. Much of the writing is extremely beautiful. It feels like reading poetry as the writing is so rich in imagery. The depiction of Marina’s lips touching Oscar’s ear is described as ‘tingling on the nape of my neck, like a centipede dancing the bossa nova.’ Or this quote from Quim Salvat, who in earlier times had been a mentor to Marina’s artist father, ‘Beauty is a b...more
In the book's foreword, Carlos Ruiz Zafon writes, "The naked truth is, one just tends to feel closer to some of one's offspring than to others. Of all the books I've published ever since I picked up this odd business of novelist trade back in prehistoric 1992, Marina remains one of my favorites."

Although of the seven books of Zafon that I have read, I can't say that this is my favorite. But after having read it, I understood why he says it is his. It is different from the other books of its l...more

I did not know what to expect when I picked up Marina, the only stand-alone novel written by Carlos Ruiz Zafón, but I did know what I wanted: the possibility of being able to delve once more into his haunted Barcelona and his flawed, often dark, but always endearing characters.

This novel is a clear predecessor to Zafón's masterpiece 'The Shadow of the Wind', if only slightly inferior to this one. However, having been written before it, you can see that Zafón clearly used the slightly flawed...more
Damian Dubois
I must say that I received a pleasant surprise just last week when scanning the shelves at my local book store my eyes alighted on a rather striking cover of a book titled Marina (I have always loved that name), a new novella by the wonderful Carlos Ruiz Zafón. Only, it's not new at all. First published in 1999, it has now only just been translated and published in English, no doubt on the back of his international best seller, The Shadow of the Wind. Needless to say I snatched up that book quic...more
José-contemplates-Saturn's Aurora
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"Marina és un dels meus favorits"..."Marina es possiblement la més indefinible i difícil de categoritzar de las novel-les que he escrit".
Carlos Ruiz Zafón,Barcelona,Juny del 2008"
"Marina is one of my favorites;'s possibly the most undefinable and hardest to categorize of the novels I have written"
Carlos Ruiz Zafón,Barcelona,June of 2008
Once upon a time,in the 1970's,in Barcelona, a fifteen year old boy "disappeared" for seven days and nights.Oscar Drai was a pupil in a boardi...more
He apartado algunos libros porque mi madre mostró especial interés en que probara suerte con su autor predilecto. Y ahora se lo agradezco de corazón.
Carlos Ruiz Zafón me ha enganchado de sobremanera, además de que me ha cautivado la red de misterio, fantasía, lugubrosidad y capas de secretos y secretos del pasado que se van formando en torno a nuestros protagonistas, Óscar y Marina. Es una historia triste y bonita, llena de misterio. Simple y llanamente genial, justo el tipo de libro que a mí me...more
Sarà che è il primo suo romanzo, sarà che vengo dalla lettura de "il gioco dell'angelo", ma questo mi ha mostrato una sorta di debolezza e di confusione rispetto agli altri due.

Si legge in un battibaleno, neanche 4 ore, ma non ha la stessa forza degli altri due. Zafon porta avanti due storie parallele che si intrecciano ma ognuna poi riprende la sua strada e a me sembra sfuggire il perchè del collegamento.

Da apprezzare la Barcellona descritta, dipinta: anche qui la si vede attraverso gli occhi...more
Cristina Delgado
"Marina disse-me uma vez que apenas recordamos o que nunca aconteceu. Passaria uma eternidade antes que compreendesse aquelas palavras."

É com estas palavras que Ruiz Zafón nos transporta a uma Barcelona no início de 1980 na companhia do Óscar e nos apresenta Marina, a sua amiga.

Com o toque de génio, numa escrita simples e ao mesmo tempo profunda que já tinha conhecido em A Sombra do Vento, este livro voltou a agarrar-me desde as primeiras páginas e foi difícil de largar até conhecer o desfecho d...more
Joana Lima
Muito bom livro!! Vê-se claramente o porquê do amor de Záfon por este livro...uma parte dele ficou nele.

Uma viagem alucinante pelo mundo de Záfon...mal me conseguia convencer a pousar o livro e voltar ao mundo real!

Tem as doses indicadas de tensão, acção, sentimentalismo...
As demoradas descrições de uma Barcelona hoje perdida, fazem-nos viajar com ele e podemos quase saborear o ar, sentir os cheiros e tactear os recantos escuros da história que o narrador nos conta...

Amei, um autor a acompanhar,...more
4.5 actually, :) My favorite of these sets of books.. tied with 'watcher in the shadows'..Oscar and Marina are two of my favorite MCs of his.

*minor spoilers abound*

A bit darker than the previous installments with some genuinely disturbing/horrifying moments, 'Marina' is an enchanting tale. Wonderfully tragic, suspenseful... bound with some romance as well.

Its always bittersweet for me in a way to finish a Carlos Ruiz Zafon tale... I love going on the journey and seeing what happens to everyon...more
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Adorei tanto o livro!! O escritor tem uma escrita tão cativante que me deixou cheio de vontade de ler já o "A Sombra do Vento" que todos falam tão bem! Adorei toda a história e adorei ambas as personagens Óscar e Marina! Eu comecei este livro sem saber do que se tratava, nem sabia de que género era. Mas nunca pensei que fosse o que foi, pois a capa e o título não sugerem o género que é nem o tipo de história que o livro apresenta! Aliás este livro é um Yo...more
Jessica Jeffers
The last, I believe, of Zafon's four pre-Cemetery of Forgotten Books books to be translated and published in the US, Marina marks the authors transition from young adult ghost stories to adult Gothic novels. It's in some ways more sophisticated and more sinister than the titles in the Niebla series, but it still feels younger than The Shadow of the Wind. As a fan of the latter, it is interesting to go back in time and see Zafon massaging the Gothic tropes and other literary mechanisms that I enj...more
Dario Malic
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Supongo que conocen a Carlos Ruiz Zafón [CR], estimados lectores. Hace unos años leí La sombra del viento y lo único que puedo decir es que quedé sobrecogido por el inmenso Universo literario que había creado el autor. Espectacular, estimados lectores.

Leyendo Marina, que escribió dos años antes, me encuentro con un CR que está preparando el asalto a una novela magistral, afilando sables, preparando poleas y engranajes, como el que construye una sencilla parroquia sobre la cual experimenta para

Carlos Ruiz Zafón é um dos grandes nomes da literatura espanhola contemporânea. Este nome começou a ser largamente conhecido devido ao sucesso que o seu romance A Sombra do Vento fez por esse universo literário fora, embora este seja o livro mais querido do autor, segundo ele próprio diz.
Tendo adorado todos os outros livros que já li dele (especialmente o A Sombra do Vento) foi com muitas expectativas que iniciei esta leitura, apesar de não saber o que aqui iria encontrar. O cenário de Barcelon...more
Todos los libros de Zafón que me he leído tienen un patrón y un "aire" similar. En cualquier caso (y aunque esto no me gusta) todos son magníficos.

Marina ha sido uno de mis favoritos, es más realista (en comparación con otros como el príncipe de la niebla), no se quedan demasiados cabos sueltos y tiene momentos muy profundos, momentos preciosos, momentos de yuyu, momentos tristes...Un libro maravillosamente completo.

El único detalle que no me gusta (y que comparten muchos de los libros de Zafón)...more
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Este libro quizás nunca lo hubiera leído ya que si lo hice fue gracias a mi hermano pequeño que se lo mandaron para clase como tarea. Y doy las gracias a esto porque me ha encantado.

Es un libro muy corto, con capítulos que ni te das cuenta de que los lees, sin duda un libro que se te hace super ameno y no solo por sus cortas páginas sino por la forma tan fabulosa que tiene el autor de escribir. Carlos Luis Zafón, el autor del libro, hace tan simples las descripciones de los personajes, y a la v...more
Paul Cheney
Oscar is a fifteen year old school boy, who has met a girl called Marina and her father who is a painter of some talent. One night Marina takes him to see a strange ritual at a local graveyard, where a woman dressed in black arrived by a horse drawn coach and leaves a single red rose on a grave marked only by a black butterfly. They decide to follow her to find out who she is, and by doing so discover a shadowy secret in the catacombs and sewers of Barcelona. It takes them on a whirlwind journey...more
This novel was a sort of coming of age mixed in with horror, mystery and love. Every single character, I cared for, well except for the ill mannered ones. One of my favorite things about Carlos is the way he weaves many stories within the main story. Every character has a POV and its up to you to put the pieces together. There was nothing slow or dull about this book. The writing was beautiful and flowed smoothly, making this so easy to read. My only regret is that i wanted to read more about Os...more
15 year old Óscar disappear in May 1980 from his boarding school in Barcelona. During seven days and seven nights no one knows where he is…

Marina is the fourth book I have read by Carlos Ruiz Zafón (not counting The Rose of Fire since it’s a short story) and I think it’s probably the best I have read of him. This book has nothing to do with The Cemetery of Forgotten Books series. But I don’t mind that, it’s refreshing to read something different from what one is used to from a writer. Well the s...more
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Marina is the only stand-alone novel written by Zafón, so far. If I am to guess, this novel is a nod to Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein. Followers of Zafón’s works will also discern immediately that this novel set the bridge for his renowned trilogy, The Cemetery of Forgotten Books. The similarities are not only with the setting, but with the plot and personalities of each character. The premise was set in haunted Barcelona, and told from an endearing charact...more
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Carlos Ruiz Zafón is a Spanish novelist. Born in Barcelona in 1964, he has lived in Los Angeles, United States, since 1994, and works as a scriptwriter aside from writing novels.

His first novel, El príncipe de la niebla (The Prince of Mist, 1993), earned the Edebé literary prize for young adult fiction. He is also the author of three more young-adult novels, El palacio de la medianoche (1994), Las...more
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