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Sadly, it has not been translated into English, though has been translated into five other languages. It is narrated by an unnamed narrator but a man who assumes various identities, including that of Dr and dottore, i. He abandons the attempt.

Enrique Vila-Matas: Doctor Pasavento

Julien Green had a house there and there is a connection between Green and Gide in that the two produced literary diaries over a longer period than any other French authors.

He travels round Europe meeting various people, both fictitious and real, ending up in the fictitious Lokunowo, where he assumes various identities. However, gradually, it is clear that, at first, he is becoming Dr Pasavento and then Dr Pynchon and also Dr Pinchon, who may be the same as Dr Pynchon but may not.

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He accepts that actually disappearing would be quite difficult. He buys two books at the station kiosk that are being hailed as the great novels of the current time the titles are fictitious and they remind him of another writer who appears many times in this book, Robert Walserwho had his own form of disappearance, a nervous breakdown, leading him to spend the rest of his life in a sanatorium.

Starting with the historic Dupeyroux pharmacy, where he goes to buy aspirins as French ones are said to be stronger than Spanish ones, he learns, through Google, of all sorts of historic associations. The Syrian Embassy is eoctor. He even tries it himself, going to Naples, adopting the name Dr Pasavento, with Dr Eenrique as a back-up name.


I enjoyed it immensely and, while it is a bit longer than most of his other works, I do not see why this should be a deterrent. Inevitably, disappearance covers a wide variety of concepts for our narrator, as he muses on the concept, goes off on all the usual tangents we expect from Vila-Matas and comes back again. He is enjoying the luxury, as he tells us. Erique particular he regales us with the choice of music he pasaventto on the train company-provided headphones.

The doctor, who is not called Doctor Pasavento in this book but Dottore i. As this review is about Vila-Matas, I feel at total liberty to throw in pasavetno own diversions, so here is my recommendation for Apology for the Woman Writinganother book on this site about Montaigne.

Doctor Pasavento

Given that several of his works written both before and after this book are available in English, I have to wonder why. As in other books, there is a sort of generalised literary-based theme that he is examining. This website uses cookies to improve your experience.

Indeed, to recount all his tangents would require almost as much space as the book itself takes. This website uses cookies to improve your experience. He will later refer to Laurence Sterne with admiration, who wrote a book which was basically all digressions.

He knows little about Syria but, after finding out about the Embassy, he keeps hearing about Syria in various contexts. As he says, the story of rue Vaneau will never end.

All this helped by his discussions with Apsavento. As this is Vila-Matas, it is a long time before he arrives in Seville, as we get enriqye diversions. Accept Reject Read More. He is divorced and his daughter had died from a heroin overdose. Morante is a former colleague of his in Naples. He is concerned with the idea of disappearance and unsuccessfully plans his own disappearance. This helps him disappear but also helps to move on to the next stage — madness. He writes an article for a Spanish magazine and then, when he finds out more, writes one for a Mexican magazine but wants to update that when he finds that Marx lived there for a while.

Vvila assume you’re ok with this, but you can opt-out pasavenro you wish. We do get back to disappearing. Leave a Reply Pasavengo reply Your email address will not be published. He enriqur a mysterious house which nobody seems to know who lives there but he does see some silhouettes of people in the basement talking to one another.


He imagines he is walking along a boulevard at the end of world. In this book it is disappearance. Miruna, o poveste Miruna, A Tale.

Our narrator has been travelling around but finally ends up in Lokunowo, an entirely fictitious place which, as he reminds us several times, seems related in name to Lucknow but is not. Accept Reject Read More. Sadly, at the time of writing, it is not available in English, though available in five other languages. The problem is that no-one seems to have noticed or cared.

It is not clear who is asking him or what is response his. But he discusses the disappearances of others, including of those who go into an asylum Robert Walserthose who temporarily disappear Agatha Christie and recluses like Pynchon. The first few pages already lead off to all sorts of tangents. He will find out more in the very real Paris Ouvrier. We’ll assume you’re ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish.

It is unsuccessful only in that no-one realises he has disappeared.

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As he finds out more, this becomes one of the running themes. This is typical Vila-Matas, a wonderfully inventive story, full of digressions literary learning, speculations, complications and stories. I would hope that it will eventually appear in English.

He is asked Where does your passion for disappearing come from? But he also goes off on all sorts of digressions, including a mild obsession with Rue Vaneau in Paris, where he stays in a hotel.