Increasingly, book worms no longer regard authors as belonging to a single country. The internet—and with it, Facebook, YouTube, blogs, et al—has bridged many national gaps in a furious race towards globalization. The subsequent phenomenon has been authors like Carlos Ruiz Zafón. Born in Barcelona, and living in Los Angeles since 1993, the internationally acclaimed author has sold millions of copies in 45 countries and 30 languages. Drawing inspiration from 19th century British, Russian, and French giants like Dickens, Tolstoy and Balzac, to modern American crime fiction including Los Angeles noir master Raymond Chandler, Zafón exemplifies the writer for a global age. He joins Patt to talk about fiction in a global age, and why great books transcend borders.
<i>*Carlos Ruiz Zafón will be speaking at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) as part of Zocalo’s series this coming Monday, May 24th at 7:30 pm</i>
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