Like A Fading Shadow

Like A Fading Shadow

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"A hypnotic novel intertwining the author's past with James Earl Ray's attempt to escape after shooting Martin Luther King Jr"-- Provided by publisher.
"The year is 1968. James Earl Ray has just shot Martin Luther King Jr. For two months he evades authorities by 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 FBIs Most Wanted list. Eventually he winds up in Lisbon at the Hotel Portugal, 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 Rays 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 witness to three alternating stories: Ray in 1968 at the center of an international manhunt and a crucial moment in American race relations; 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 in the construction of identity. Layering his own life with that of an ideologically delusional killer Muñoz Molina conjures a provocative portrait and grapples with the conflict of race, the perversion of the media, and the lure of fame. At once a detective tale and a cultural meditation, Like a Fading Shadow is a remarkable act of fictional investigation for our time."--Jacket flap.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2017.
Edition: First American edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780374126902
Branch Call Number: Fic Muno
Characteristics: 312 pages ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Ramirez, Camilo A. 1985-- Translator


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