Zafon, Carlos Ruiz -- The Shadow of the Wind

The story of a boy growing up in postwar Barcelona, who discovers (among many growing-up-like affairs) the books of obscure author Julian Carax. Over the years he searches for Carax, and winds up in a tangled mess of stories that you could call a spy novel (if there were any politics at all) or a mystery (if you consider the destruction of an author's work a crime). Very European, very recursive, mostly tragic, not particularly fantasy. I liked it even though it's not the kind of thing I like.

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