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The doctor, who is not called Doctor Pasavento in this book but Dottore i. The Syrian Embassy is there. Morante is a former colleague of his in Naples. All of this leads to some of the themes of this book, which involve both disappearance and Atxaga.

Doctor Pasavento

An unnamed author, presumably, as in some of his other books, based on Vila-Matas himself, is travelling on the pasabento train from Madrid to Seville. He even tries it himself, going to Naples, adopting the name Dr Enriwue, with Dr Pynchon as a back-up name.

He will later refer to Laurence Sterne with admiration, who wrote a book which was basically all digressions. As in other books, there is a sort of generalised literary-based theme psavento he is examining. I would hope that it will eventually appear in English. 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.


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.

He abandons the attempt. As he finds out more, this becomes one of the running themes. Accept Reject Read More.

He imagines he is walking enirque a boulevard at the end of world. Sadly, at the time of writing, it is not available in English, though available in five other languages.

All this helped by his discussions with Morante.

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

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It is not clear who is asking him or what is response his. Given that several of his works written both before and after this book are available in English, I have to wonder why.

It is unsuccessful only in that no-one realises he has disappeared. In this book it is disappearance. 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 is asked Where does your passion for disappearing come from? This website uses cookies to improve your experience. This helps him disappear but also helps to move on to the next stage — madness. Indeed, to recount all his tangents would require lasavento as much space as the ennrique itself takes.

He will find out more in the very real Paris Ouvrier. This is typical Vila-Matas, a wonderfully inventive story, full of digressions literary learning, speculations, complications and stories.

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We do get back to disappearing. He is divorced and his daughter had died from a heroin overdose. 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 pasavent may not. Rue Vaneau is still alive.

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