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Roberto Bolano
Monsieur Pain
 
 
Author
Roberto Bolano. Chris Andrews, trans.
Publisher Picador  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 7.75 x 5.1 x 0.4 inches
ISBN 9780330510578
Pages/Publication Date 134/2010
Daedalus Item Code 30701
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Peruvian poet César Vallejo lies dying in a hospital, hiccupping himself to death, in this slim novel by the author of the National Book Critics Circle Award winner 2666 and the Rómulo Gallegos Prize winner The Savage Detectives. Set in 1938 Paris, it is the story of mesmerist Pierre Pain, who volunteers to find the cause of the malady in order to impress the widow Madame Reynaud, with whom he is in love. But things go awry after the appearance of two mysterious Spaniards who keep Monsieur Pain away from the hospital; Madame Reynaud leaves Paris, and he is left alone, ravaged by guilt and anxiety. The episode turns even darker when Pain encounters fellow mesmerist Plomeur-Boudou, who has been using his expertise to interrogate prisoners for Franco.

"The beauty of Roberto Bolaño's slender mystery novel Monsieur Pain, originally published in 1999 and now translated from the Spanish by the estimable Chris Andrews, is that it doesn't behave much like a mystery novel. By the end of the book, which Bolaño wrote in either 1981 or 1982, the mysteries remain unsolved, the ostensible victim may or may not have suffered from foul play and the protagonist intent on figuring out who done it (if anyone did anything at all) appears incapable of doing so."—NYTimes

 
 
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