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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. 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.

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. This is typical Vila-Matas, a wonderfully inventive story, full of digressions literary learning, speculations, complications and stories.

This helps him disappear but also helps to move on to the next stage — madness. Accept Reject Read More.


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

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. He is concerned with the idea of disappearance and unsuccessfully plans his own disappearance.

In particular he regales us with the choice of music he gets on the train company-provided headphones. We do get back to disappearing.

Doctor Pasavento – Editorial Anagrama

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 another. 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.

As he says, the story of rue Vaneau will never end. 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 enriique French authors.

In this book it is disappearance. All of this leads to some of the themes of this pasvento, which involve both disappearance and Atxaga. He abandons the attempt.

Given that several of his works written both before and after this book are available in English, I have to wonder why. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published.

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. Indeed, to recount all his tangents would require almost as much space as the book itself takes. It is enormous fun but chaotic and complicated.


He even tries it himself, going to Naples, adopting the name Dr Pasavento, with Dr Pynchon as a back-up name.

Previous Post Previous Alisa Ganieva: It is not clear who is asking him or what is response his. It is narrated by an unnamed narrator but a man who assumes various identities, including that of Dr and dottore, i. The first few pages already lead paasvento to all sorts of tangents.

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Doctor Pasavento

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. He is asked Where does your passion for disappearing come from? We’ll assume you’re ok with this, but you can fnrique if you wish. The doctor, who is not called Doctor Pasavento in this book but Dottore pasavnto. He accepts that actually disappearing would be quite difficult.

As he finds out more, this becomes one of the running themes.