Like a Fading Shadow
by Antonio Munoz Molina , Camilo A. Ramirez
Editor: Profile Books Ltd
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Long list for The Man Booker International Prize 2018, April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King was assassinated by a man named James Earl RayBefore Ray captured and sentenced to 99 years in prison, he evaded the FBI for two months, as he traveled the world under various aliasesAt the heart of his story is Lisbon, where he spent ten days trying to get a visa from AngolaAs a Shadow fades the traces of three trips to the city: Ray desperate attempt to escape justice in 1968; a research trip undertaken by the young Munoz Molina for his novel breakthrough from Winter to Lisbon in 1987; and the return trip taken by the novelist as he attempts to reconstruct these two stories of the instability of the past, and interrogates his own obsession with one of the most famous twentieth century figuresAided by the recent declassification of James Earl Ray’s FBI file, Comme une Décoloration de l’Ombre boldly weaves a tense tale of Ray’s assassination of the King, his time on the race and his eventual capture with a very original, fearless, no honest examination of the novelist’s own past
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