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Like a Fading Shadow

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Translator: Camilo A. Ramirez
Imprint: Tuskar Rock
Pages: 320
Subject: World Literature, Fiction, Tuskar Rock

Like a Fading Shadow

Antonio Munoz Molina

The hypnotic new novel by one of Spain's most important contemporary authors, exploring the borders between the imagined, the reported, and the experienced past in the construction of identity

Hardback(Preorder only)
9781781258934 (Published 2 Nov 2017)

About the book

On April 4th 1968, Martin Luther King was murdered by a man named James Earl Ray. Before Ray's capture and sentencing to 99 years' imprisonment, he evaded the FBI for two months as he crossed the globe under various aliases. At the heart of his story is Lisbon, where he spent ten days attempting to acquire an Angolan visa.

Like a Fading Shadow traces three journeys to the city: Ray's desperate attempt to evade justice in 1968; a research trip undertaken by the young Muñoz Molina for his breakthrough novel Winter in Lisbon in 1987; and the return journey taken by the novelist as he attempts to reconstruct these twin stories from the instability of the past, and interrogates his own obsession with one of the twentieth century's most notorious figures.

Aided by the recent declassification of James Earl Ray's FBI case file, Like a Fading Shadow boldly weaves a taut retelling of Ray's assassination of King, his time on the run and his eventual capture together with a highly original, fearlessly honest examination of the novelist's own past.

About the author

Antonio Muñoz Molina is the author of more than a dozen novels, including In the Night of Time (also published by Tuskar Rock), 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 a true original and has written a book unlike anything else, part fiction, part memoir, part meditation, in which the interiority of a murderer on the run?and not just any murderer, but James Earl Ray, the assassin of Martin Luther King?is set against the interiority of the writer, when young, trying to find his voice. The stories of the killer and the writer circle each other, interrogate and echo each other, and then diverge. A novel is a kind of refuge too, Muñoz Molina suggests. Only one of the two men in this terrific book will find the refuge he seeks

- Salman Rushdie

Praise for In the Night of Time:

'Sweeping, magisterial ... an astonishingly vivid narrative that unfolds with hypnotic intensity by means of the constant interweaving of time and memory ... Tolstoyan in its scale, emotional intensity and intellectual honesty

- Economist

Exhilarating ... exceptional ... a necessary novel

- Adam Feinstein, Financial Times

An immense, luminous panorama ... one of the many wonders of this novel is how Molina integrates the personal so closely with the political ... compellingly seductive

- Independent

Additional Information

Translator: Camilo A. Ramirez
Imprint: Tuskar Rock
Pages: 320
Subject: World Literature, Fiction, Tuskar Rock

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