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It is narrated by an unnamed narrator but a man who assumes various identities, including that of Dr and dottore, i.

Accept Reject Read More. At the conference, he and Basque writer Bernardo Atxaga are to speak on the relationship between fiction and reality.

The problem is that no-one seems to have noticed or cared. Indeed, to recount all his tangents would require almost as much space as the book itself takes. This helps him disappear but also helps to move on to the next stage — madness.

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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. 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. Morante is a former colleague of his in Naples.

This website uses cookies to improve your experience. He abandons the attempt. This website doftor cookies to improve your experience. Who is Dr Pasavento? 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.

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We’ll assume you’re ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. 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.


Sadly, it has not been translated into English, though has been translated into five other languages. 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.

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Sadly, at the time of writing, doctir is not available in English, though available in five other languages. This is typical Vila-Matas, a wonderfully inventive story, full of digressions literary learning, speculations, complications and stories. As in other books, there is a sort of generalised literary-based theme that he is examining.

He accepts that actually disappearing would be quite difficult. 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. However, gradually, it is clear that, at first, enriique is becoming Dr Pasavento and then Dr Pynchon and also Dr Pinchon, who may enriqie the same as Dr Pynchon but may not.

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.

I would hope that it will eventually appear in English.

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Previous Post Previous Alisa Ganieva: 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. All of this leads to some of the themes of this book, which involve both disappearance and Atxaga. I enjoyed it immensely and, while it is a bit longer vvila most of his other works, I do not see why this should be a deterrent.


As this is Vila-Matas, it is a long time before he arrives in Seville, as we get many diversions. It is eneique clear who is asking him or what is response his. The doctor, who is not called Doctor Pasavento in this book but Dottore i. He is concerned with the idea of disappearance and docctor plans his own disappearance. He is enjoying the luxury, as he tells us.

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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. We do get back to disappearing.

Accept Reject Read More. He knows little about Syria but, after finding out about the Embassy, he keeps hearing about Syria in various contexts.

We’ll assume you’re ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. In this book it is disappearance. He even tries it himself, going to Naples, adopting the name Dr Pasavento, with Dr Pynchon as a back-up name.

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.

In particular he regales us with the choice of music he gets on the train company-provided headphones.