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In this book it is disappearance.

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. Sadly, at the time of writing, it is not available in English, though available in five other languages. He buys two books at the station kiosk that are being hailed as the great novels of the current time 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 life in a sanatorium.

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. Accept Reject Read More. The Syrian Embassy is there. Your email address will not be published. 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.

This is typical Vila-Matas, a wonderfully inventive story, full of digressions literary learning, speculations, complications and stories. It is not clear who is asking him or what is response his.


As he says, the story of rue Vaneau will never end. He will find out more in the very real Paris Ouvrier. As in other books, there is a sort of generalised literary-based theme that he is examining. Accept Reject Read More.

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I would hope that it will eventually appear in English. He will later refer to Laurence Sterne with admiration, who wrote a book which was basically all digressions. 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 imagines he is walking along a boulevard at the end of world.

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.

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

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He abandons the attempt. Miruna, o poveste Miruna, A Tale. He is asked Where does your passion for disappearing come from? The problem is that no-one seems docror have noticed or dnrique. Indeed, to recount all his tangents would require almost as much space as the book itself takes.

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.


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. As this is Vila-Matas, it is a long time before he arrives in Seville, as we get many diversions.

It is unsuccessful only in that no-one realises he has disappeared. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Morante is a former colleague of his in Naples. We’ll assume you’re ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish.

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He is divorced and his daughter had died from a heroin overdose. The doctor, who is not called Doctor Pasavento in this book but Dottore i. It is enormous fun but pasavenot and complicated. Who is Dr Pasavento? Rue Vaneau is still alive. Voctor do get back to disappearing.

All this helped by his discussions with Morante. Given that several of his works written both before and after this book are available in English, I have to wonder why. The first few pages already lead off to all sorts of tangents. He even tries it himself, going to Naples, adopting the name Dr Pasavento, with Dr Pynchon as a back-up name.

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He is enjoying the luxury, as he tells us. 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.