A stylish blend of fiction, memoir and biography that intertwines assassin James Earl Ray’s last days on the run with author Muñoz Molina’s own past. Translated by Camilo A. Ramirez.

On 4 April 1968, Martin Luther King was murdered by 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 10 days attempting to acquire an Angolan visa. Aided by the recent declassification of the FBI’s case file, Like a Fading Shadow weaves a taut retelling of Ray’s assassination of King, his time on the run and his eventual capture.

Shortlisted
The Man Booker International Prize 2018
Published by
Tuskar Rock Press, Serpent's Tail
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