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He is enjoying the luxury, as he tells us. Indeed, to recount all his tangents would require almost as much space as the book itself takes. In this book it is disappearance. Leave a Reply Cancel doctof Your email address will not be published. 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.

All this helped by his discussions with Morante.

As this is Vila-Matas, it is a long time before he arrives in Seville, as pasaveno get many diversions. The first few pages already lead off to all sorts of tangents. I would hope that it will eventually appear in English.

Doctor Pasavento

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. He is asked Where does your passion for disappearing come from?


As he finds out more, this becomes one of the running themes. 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. All of this leads to some of the themes of this book, which involve both disappearance and Atxaga.

Enrique Vila-Matas: Doctor Pasavento

The problem is that no-one seems to have noticed or cared. Previous Post Previous Alisa Ganieva: This is typical Vila-Matas, a wonderfully inventive story, full of digressions literary learning, speculations, complications and stories.

doxtor As in other books, there is a sort of generalised literary-based theme that he is examining. It is unsuccessful only in that no-one realises he has disappeared. 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.

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The doctor, who is not called Doctor Pasavento in this book but Dottore i. He abandons the attempt. Who is Dr Pasavento?

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 imagines he is walking along a boulevard at the end of world.


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.

He will later refer to Laurence Sterne with admiration, who wrote a book which was basically all digressions. He knows little about Syria but, after finding out about the Embassy, he keeps hearing about Syria in various contexts.

Enrique Vila-Matas: Doctor Pasavento – The Modern Novel

Given that several of his works written both before and after this book are available in English, I have to wonder why. We’ll assume you’re ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. He even tries it himself, going to Naples, adopting the name Dr Pasavento, with Dr Pynchon as a back-up name. Sadly, at the time of writing, it is not available in English, though available in five other languages.

Julien Green had a house there dooctor there is a connection between Green and Gide in that villa two produced literary diaries over a longer period than any other French authors.