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Like a Fading Shadow

Translated from the original Spanish by Camilo A. Ramirez
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ABOUT
THE BOOK

A hypnotic novel intertwining the author’s past with James Earl Ray’s attempt to escape after shooting Martin Luther King Jr. The year is 1968 and James Earl Ray has just shot Martin Luther King Jr. For two months he evades authorities, driving to Canada, securing a fake passport, and flying to London, all while relishing the media’s confusion about his location and his image on the FBI’s Most Wanted list.

Eventually, he lands at the Hotel Portugal in Lisbon, where he anxiously awaits a visa to Angola. But the visa never comes, and for his last ten days of freedom, Ray walks around Lisbon, paying for his pleasures and rehearsing his fake identities. Using recently declassified FBI files, Antonio Muñoz Molina reconstructs Ray’s final steps through the Portuguese capital, taking us inside his feverish mind, troubled past, and infamous crime.

But Lisbon is also the city that inspired Muñoz Molina’s first novel, A Winter in Lisbon, and as he returns now, thirty years later, it becomes the stage for and witnesses to three alternating stories: Ray in 1968 at the center of an international manhunt; a thirty-year-old Muñoz Molina in 1987 struggling to find his literary voice; and the author in the present, reflecting on his life and the form of the novel as an instrument for imagining the world through another person’s eyes. Part historical fiction, part fictional memoir, Like a Fading Shadow masterfully explores the borders between the imagined, the reported, and the experienced past in the construction of identity.

 

ABOUT
THE AUTHOR Antonio
Muñoz Molina

Antonio Muñoz Molina is the author of more than a dozen novels, including In the Night of Time, Sepharad, and A Manuscript of Ashes. He is the recipient of numerous prizes and awards, including Spain’s National Narrative Prize, the Planeta Prize, and the Príncipe de Asturias Prize. He lives in Madrid and New York City.

Antonio Muñoz Molina is the author of more than a dozen novels, including In the Night of Time, Sepharad, and A Manuscript of Ashes. He is the recipient of numerous prizes and awards, including Spain’s National Narrative Prize, the Planeta Prize, and the Príncipe de Asturias Prize. He lives in Madrid and New York City.

ABOUT
THE TRANSLATOR Camilo
A. Ramirez

Camilo A. Ramirez is a Colombian literary translator, editor, and media strategist based in New York City.

Camilo A. Ramirez is a Colombian literary translator, editor, and media strategist based in New York City.

NOMINATING LIBRARY COMMENTS

An exciting novel about the killer of Martin Luther King. Antonio Muñoz Molina is a Spanish author, born in Andalusia, always committed and supportive. He is a member of the Royal Spanish Academy of the Language and has been awarded several times. Widely read by readers in libraries, he himself has been a longtime user of our library in Granada.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Date published
22/11/2014
Country
Estonia
Original Language
Spanish
Publisher
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Translator
Camilo A. Ramirez
Translation
Translated from the original Spanish by Camilo A. Ramirez

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