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The Syrian Embassy is there. Rue Vaneau is still alive. He will find out more in the very real Paris Ouvrier. As this is Vila-Matas, it is a long time before he arrives in Seville, as we get many diversions.

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

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Your email address will not be published. As in other books, there is a sort of generalised literary-based theme that he is examining.

We do get back to disappearing. It is narrated by an unnamed narrator but a man who assumes various identities, including that of Dr and dottore, i. This helps him disappear but also helps to move on to the next stage — madness.

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As he finds out more, doctoor becomes one of the running themes. Given that several of his works written both before and after this book are available in English, I have to wonder why.


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. I would hope that it will eventually appear in English. Miruna, o poveste Miruna, A Tale. 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.

It is enormous fun but chaotic and complicated. 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. The first few pages already lead off to all sorts of tangents. He is concerned with the idea of disappearance and unsuccessfully plans his own disappearance. At the conference, he and Basque writer Bernardo Atxaga are to speak on the relationship between fiction and reality.

Pasafento knows little about Syria but, after finding out about the Embassy, he keeps hearing about Syria in various contexts. It is not clear who is asking him or enriqe is response his. 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.

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Sadly, it has not been translated into English, though has been translated into five other languages. 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 pasavsnto is a connection between Green and Gide in that the two produced literary diaries over a longer period than any other French authors. We’ll assume you’re ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. This is typical Vila-Matas, a wonderfully inventive story, full of digressions literary learning, speculations, complications and stories. As he says, the story of rue Vaneau will never end.

Sadly, at the time of writing, it is not available in English, though available in five other languages. It is unsuccessful only in that no-one realises he has disappeared.

He imagines he is walking along a boulevard at the end of world. In particular he regales us with the choice of music he gets on the train company-provided headphones. 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. 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.