Buy Doctor Pasavento by Enrique Vila-Matas from Amazon’s Fiction Books Store. Everyday low prices on a huge range of new releases and classic fiction. The latest addition to my website is Enrique Vila-Matas’ Doctor Pasavento. This is typical Vila-Matas, a wonderfully inventive story, full of. Doctor Pasavento is the story of a famous author trying to disappear. Pasavento tries to follow the moral example of the Swis Enrique Vila-Matas. PAGES.

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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. 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. He will find out more in the very real Paris Ouvrier.

We do get back to disappearing. We’ll assume you’re ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. He writes an article for a Spanish magazine and natas, 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.

Previous Post Previous Alisa Ganieva: In particular he regales us with the choice of music he gets on the train company-provided headphones.

Indeed, to recount all his tangents would require almost as much space as the book itself takes. Sadly, it has not been translated into English, though has been translated into five other languages. It is not clear who is asking him or what is response his.

He is divorced and his daughter had died from a heroin overdose. He accepts that actually disappearing would be quite difficult. 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. Your email address will not be published. This website uses cookies to improve your experience.


Doctor Pasavento

We’ll assume you’re ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. He knows little about Syria but, after finding out about the Embassy, enriqje keeps hearing about Syria in various contexts.

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. He is enjoying the luxury, as he tells us. Sadly, at the time of writing, it is not available in English, though available mataw five other languages. It is narrated by an unnamed narrator but a man who assumes various identities, including that of Dr and dottore, i.

He is asked Where does your passion mats disappearing come from? As in other books, there is a sort of generalised literary-based theme that he is examining.

All enrjque this leads to some of the themes of this book, which involve both disappearance and Atxaga. Morante is a former colleague of his in Naples. He will later refer to Laurence Sterne with admiration, who wrote a book which was basically all digressions.

In this book it is disappearance.

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It is enormous fun but chaotic and complicated. Accept Reject Read More. Our narrator has been travelling around but finally ends up in Lokunowo, an pasaavento fictitious place which, as he reminds us several times, seems related in name to Lucknow but is not.

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.

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.

The Modern Novel

Accept Reject Read More. He matad round Europe meeting various people, both fictitious and real, ending up in the fictitious Lokunowo, where he assumes various identities. The doctor, who is not called Doctor Pasavento in this book but Dottore i. He buys two books at the station kiosk that are being hailed as the great novels of the current docror 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 matws in a sanatorium.


This helps him disappear but also helps to move on to the next stage — madness. 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.

All this helped by his discussions with Morante. 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. This is typical Vila-Matas, a wonderfully inventive story, full of digressions dotor learning, speculations, complications and stories.

As this is Vila-Matas, it is a long time before he arrives in Seville, as we get many diversions. He imagines he is walking along a boulevard mtas the end of world. It is unsuccessful only in that no-one realises he has disappeared.

Enrique Vila-Matas: Doctor Pasavento – The Modern Novel

He abandons the attempt. As he says, the story of rue Vaneau will never end. Given that several of his works written both before and after this book are available in English, I have to wonder why. Who is Dr Pasavento? As he finds out more, this becomes one of the running themes. I would hope that it will eventually appear in English. This website uses cookies to improve your experience.

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