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The Prisoner of Heaven (Cemetery of Forgotten Books 3) - Carlos Ruiz Zafón

The Prisoner of Heaven (Cemetery of Forgotten Books 3) - Carlos Ruiz Zafón

This is book 137 of a numbered edition of 250 copies

Title: The Prisoner of Heaven

Author:  Carlos Ruiz Zafón

ISBN:  9780297868095

Weight:  773g

Numbered and signed first edition, first printing




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The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Barcelona, 1957.  It is the week before Christmas in the Sempere & Sons bookshop.  Daniel Sempere has married the love of his life Bea and they have had a son whilst their partner in crime, Fermín, is busy preparing for his wedding to Bernarda in the New Year.

Just when it seems as if luck is finally smiling on them, a mysterious figure with a pronounced limp enters the shop.  He insists on buying the most expensive volume on display – a beautiful illustrated edition of The Count of Monte Cristo – and then proceeds to inscribe the book with the words ‘To Fermín Romero de Torres, who came back from the dead and who holds the key to the future’.

Who is this man and what does he want of Fermín?  The answer lies in a terrible secret that has lain hidden for two decades, an epic tale of imprisonment, betrayal, murder and love that leads back into the very heart of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books.

The Prisoner of Heaven returns to the world of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books and the Sempere & Sons bookshop.

Peer & Press Reviews

Zafón combines sincere engagement with genre tradition, with clever touches of the literary post-modern…  This is explicitly, and joyously, a book about books, about what can be learned from them , and what is lost when they are lost.

Steven Poole, Guardian

This wonderfully atmospheric, historical mystery is an adventure story of the highest class – fast paced and stylishly written.

The Good Book Guide

Zafón’s characters and dialogue are as lively and full-blooded as ever.

Stephanie Merritt, The Observer

Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title The Prisoner of Heaven
Translator Lucia Graves
Book Features
Edition / printing First edition, first printing
Edition background

This numbered edition of only 250 copies was commissioned by a leading London bookshop working in association with the publisher.

Each book has a signed authentication page, tipped-in directly before the title page, which confirms the book’s handwritten number and that it is a first edition.  This page also has the book’s title, the author’s name, the name of the publisher and the month / year of publication printed on it.

Edition anomaly This book is double signed by the author – once on the number authentication page (blue ink) AND once on the title page (black ink).
Book number 137 of 250
Series Cemetery of Forgotten Books – book 3
Overall condition Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed On the combined signature / number page AND the title page
Ephemera Publisher issued publicity bookmark
Book Stats
Publisher Orion Publishing Group
Imprint Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Publication date
Printed by Clays Ltd, Bungay
ISBN 13 9780297868095
ISBN 10 0297868098
Format Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages 278
Size (h x w x d) 241 x 161 x 27mm
Image and Design Credits
Author photograph Isolde Ohlbaum
Jacket design Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Jacket photographs F. Català-Roca / Fotográfico
H. Armstrong Roberts / ClassicStock / Corbis

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