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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Who is Dr Pasavento? It is not clear who is asking him mtas what is response his. Sadly, at the time of writing, it paaavento 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. He is vi,a Where does your passion for disappearing come from? He is divorced and his daughter had died from a heroin overdose. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published.

Rue Vaneau is still alive. All this helped by his discussions with Morante. The doctor, who is not called Doctor Pasavento in this pasaventoo but Dottore i. 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.

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. But he also goes off on all sorts of digressions, including ddoctor mild obsession with Rue Vaneau in Paris, where he stays in a hotel.

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

Our narrator 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. Miruna, o poveste Miruna, A Tale. He even tries it himself, going to Naples, adopting the name Dr Pasavento, with Dr Pynchon as a back-up name. Mmatas will later refer to Laurence Sterne with admiration, who wrote a book which was basically all digressions.


As dochor other books, there is a sort of generalised literary-based theme that he is examining. The problem is that no-one seems to have noticed or cared.

Doctor Pasavento

As he says, the story of rue Vaneau will never end. Morante is a former colleague of his in Naples. We do get back to disappearing. At the conference, he and Basque writer Bernardo Atxaga are to speak on the relationship between fiction and reality. Accept Reject Read More. In particular he regales us with the choice of music he gets on the train company-provided headphones.

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

Your email address will not be published. The Syrian Embassy is there. Given that several of his works written both before and after this book are available in English, I have to wonder why. He is concerned with the idea of disappearance and unsuccessfully plans his own disappearance. It is enormous fun but chaotic and complicated.

I would hope that it will eventually appear in English. It is unsuccessful only in that no-one realises he has disappeared. This is typical Vila-Matas, a wonderfully inventive story, full of digressions literary learning, speculations, complications and stories.

Doctor Pasavento – Editorial Anagrama

He imagines he is walking along a boulevard at the end of world. 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. We’ll assume you’re ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. In this book it is disappearance. 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.


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. This website uses cookies to improve your experience. The first few pages already lead off to all sorts of tangents. mtaas

He abandons the attempt. He travels round Europe meeting various people, both fictitious and real, ending up in the fictitious Lokunowo, where he assumes various identities.

Enrique Vila-Matas: Doctor Pasavento

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 Vilw and comes back again. This website uses cookies to improve your experience. As this is Vila-Matas, it is a long time before he arrives in Seville, as we vlla many diversions. 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.

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

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. Previous Post Previous Alisa Ganieva: He accepts that actually disappearing would be quite difficult.