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He accepts that actually disappearing would be quite difficult. The first few pages mstas lead off to all sorts of tangents. 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. Accept Reject Read More. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published.

Previous Post Previous Alisa Ganieva: 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. It is enormous fun but chaotic and complicated. Rue Vaneau is still alive.

All of this leads to some of the themes of this book, which involve both disappearance and Atxaga.

Enrique Vila-Matas: Doctor Pasavento

Morante is a former colleague of his in Naples. Enrjque email address will not be published. He will find out more in the very real Paris Ouvrier. This helps him disappear but also helps to move on to the next stage — madness. I would hope that it will eventually appear in English. 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. An unnamed author, presumably, as in some of his enirque books, based on Vila-Matas himself, is travelling on the high-speed train from Madrid to Seville.


As this is Vila-Matas, it is a long time before he arrives in Seville, as we get many diversions. He buys two books dctor 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 Paxaventowho had his own form of disappearance, a nervous breakdown, leading him to spend the rest of his life in a sanatorium.

He will later refer to Laurence Sterne with admiration, who wrote a book which was basically all digressions. As he says, the story of rue Vaneau will never end. He abandons the attempt.

The Syrian Embassy is there. Accept Reject Read More. Indeed, to recount all his tangents would require almost as much space as paasavento book itself takes. He is concerned with the idea of disappearance and unsuccessfully plans his own disappearance. 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. In this book it is disappearance.

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 Vvila but is not. 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 Pssavento authors.

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He is enjoying the luxury, as he tells us. As he finds out more, this becomes one of the running themes. We do get back to disappearing. 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. Who is Dr Pasavento? He imagines he is walking along a boulevard at the end of world.


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. Sadly, it has not been translated fnrique 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. As in other books, there is a sort of generalised literary-based theme that he is examining. We’ll assume you’re ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish.

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As this review is about Vila-Matas, I feel at total liberty to throw in my own diversions, so here is my recommendation for Apology for the Woman Writinganother book on this site about Montaigne. It is not clear who is asking him or what is response his. This is typical Pasavennto, a wonderfully inventive story, full of digressions literary learning, speculations, complications and stories.

He sees 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 pasavsnto. He is divorced and his daughter had died from a heroin overdose.

This website uses cookies to improve your experience. He travels round Europe meeting various people, both fictitious and real, ending up in the fictitious Lokunowo, where he assumes various identities.