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Your email address will not be published. As he finds out more, this becomes one of the running themes. 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. But he also goes off on all sorts of digressions, including a mild obsession with Rue Vaneau in Paris, where he magas in a hotel.

Accept Reject Read More. He is concerned with the idea of disappearance and unsuccessfully plans his own disappearance.

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

This website uses cookies to improve your experience. Accept Reject Read More. It is narrated by an unnamed narrator but a man who assumes various soctor, including that of Dr and dottore, i. We’ll assume you’re ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. All this helped by his discussions with Morante.


He travels round Europe meeting various people, both fictitious and real, ending up in the fictitious Lokunowo, where he assumes various identities. He is divorced and his daughter had died from a heroin overdose. Who is Dr Pasavento?

Doctor Pasavento

The Syrian Embassy is there. However, gradually, it is clear fnrique, 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.

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: We do get back to disappearing.

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Sadly, at the time of writing, it is not available in English, though available in five other languages. This helps him disappear but also helps to move on to the next stage — madness. Rue Vaneau is still alive. Sadly, it has not been translated into English, though has been translated into five other languages.

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Enrique Vila-Matas: Doctor Pasavento

viila The doctor, who is not called Doctor Pasavento in this book but Dottore i. I would hope that it will eventually appear in English.

It is not clear who is asking him or what is response his. He writes an article for a Spanish magazine and then, when he finds out more, writes one for via Mexican magazine but wants to update that when he finds that Marx lived there for a while.

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.


Pasavebto will find out more in the very real Paris Ouvrier. It is unsuccessful only in that no-one realises he has disappeared. He accepts that actually disappearing would be quite difficult.

He buys two books at enriqque station kiosk that are being hailed as the great novels of the current time the titles are fictitious entique 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. 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.

Miruna, o poveste Miruna, A Tale. 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. In particular he regales us with the choice of music he gets on the train company-provided headphones. The first few pages already lead off to all sorts of tangents.

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

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