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The first few pages already lead off to all sorts of tangents.
Enrique Vila-Matas: Doctor Pasavento
As in other books, there is a sort of generalised literary-based theme that he is examining. He knows little about Syria but, after finding out about the Embassy, docror keeps hearing about Syria in various contexts.
Previous Post Previous Alisa Ganieva: The Syrian Embassy is there. He writes an article for a Spanish magazine eneique 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.
He travels round Europe meeting various people, both fictitious and real, ending up in the fictitious Lokunowo, where he assumes various identities.
He buys two books at the station kiosk that are being hailed as the great ,atas 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.
This is typical Vila-Matas, a wonderfully inventive story, full of digressions literary learning, speculations, complications and stories. All of this leads to some of the themes of this book, which involve both disappearance and Atxaga. All this helped by his discussions with Morante. In this book it is disappearance. Inevitably, disappearance covers a wide variety of concepts for our narrator, as he muses on the concept, goes off on all the usual tangents docyor expect from Vila-Matas and comes back again.
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. The doctor, who is not called Enriue Pasavento in this book but Dottore i. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published.
As this is Vila-Matas, it is a long time before he arrives in Seville, as we get many diversions. He is asked Where does your passion for disappearing come from? Who is Dr Pwsavento
He is concerned with the idea of disappearance and unsuccessfully plans his own disappearance. He is enjoying the luxury, as he tells us. An unnamed author, presumably, as in some of his other books, based on Vila-Matas himself, is travelling on the high-speed train from Madrid to Seville.
We’ll assume you’re ok pasavrnto this, but you can opt-out if you wish. Indeed, to recount all his tangents would require almost as much space as the book itself takes. Starting with the docttor 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. It is unsuccessful only in that no-one realises he has disappeared. It is not clear who is asking him or what is response his.
Accept Reject Read More. Sadly, it has not been translated into English, though has been translated into five other languages. He imagines he is walking along a boulevard at the end of world.
He will find out more in the very real Paris Ouvrier. He is divorced and his daughter had died from a heroin overdose. As he says, the story of rue Vaneau will never end.
This helps him disappear but also helps to move on to the next stage — madness. 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. Enriqye do get back to disappearing.
In particular he regales us with the choice of music he gets on the train company-provided headphones. I would hope that it will eventually appear in English. He even tries it himself, going to Naples, adopting the name Dr Pasavento, with Dr Pynchon as a back-up name.
Enrique Vila-Matas: Doctor Pasavento – The Modern Novel
But he also goes off on all sorts of digressions, including a mild obsession pasavnto Rue Vaneau in Paris, where he stays in a hotel. As he finds out more, this becomes one of the running themes. It is narrated by an unnamed narrator but a man who assumes various identities, including that of Dr and dottore, i. But he discusses the disappearances of others, including of those who go doctot an asylum Robert Walserthose who temporarily disappear Agatha Christie and recluses like Pynchon.
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Miruna, o poveste Miruna, A Tale. Rue Vaneau is still alive. He abandons the attempt. Our mstas 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.