Monsieur Pain

Monsieur Pain

Book - 2010
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Publisher: New York : New Directions Book, c2010
ISBN: 9780811217149
0811217140
Branch Call Number: F BOLAN-R
F BOLAN-R
Characteristics: ix, 134 p. ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Andrews, Chris 1962-

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bibliofinn
Jun 21, 2010

In this very short early novel by Bolaño, the title character has coped with his near-destruction in the holocaust of Verdun by retreating into the study of mesmerism. But when he agrees to treat a Chilean poet's hiccups, he finds that the world he thought he had escaped is once more reaching its tentacles into his life. Paris in 1938 is evoked as a dreamlike world of clammy dread. Fascists and surrealists alike bedevil M. Pain, who is completely ineffectual but nevertheless retains a strange dignity. Sometimes I found the writing a little repetitive and the situations predictably bizarre, but there's no denying the hypnotic power of the narrative.

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