Perhaps with just a bit of hyperbole the Washington Post's Manuel Roig Franzia introduced an evening session with the exquisite novelist and story teller, Carlos Ruiz Zafón, at the elegant ballroom of the Former Residence of Spanish Ambassadors on 16th St., Wednesday, 9/28, by stating that with over 30 million books sold Zafón is, 'Spain's best-selling author since Cervantes'.
Whether or not that is the case, it is unquestionable that Carlos Ruiz Zafón is among the foremost Spanish novelists of our time. Presented by Spain Arts and Culture, with a prologue from the active and peripatetic Spanish Cultural Attaché Maria Molina, the event was unique and intriguing, much like Zafón's books. If you've never read the work of CRZ you are in for a treat -a thick, rich, mesmerizing treat. His novels are very much like the proverbial onion with layer upon layer of meaning, sub-plots and asides. I found myself reading and re-reading passages to bask in the encyclopedic mastery of storytelling contained on those pages.