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#exactly happened why #happened Why We Told This Story we told this story in a superficial manner I mean there is no explanation or description of how Pain is able to h Politics and the fascination for labyrinthsIn the worldly sense Monsieur Pain is a failure simply because it pretends or rather it has to pretend to be a novel First time Bolano readers may even be expected to hurl it toward the nearby wallBut Bolano s work relies not just for its comprehensiveness but also for its comprehension on the entire body of the work and also On Bolano S Life Itself Bolano s life itself is not the ind of writer you can read one book of and form an opinion In fact to form a decent opinion about any single book a lot Bolano has to be read I myself am becoming a better Bolano reader book after bookThe best online review is on The uarterly Conversation where Stephen Henighan does the good task of pinning this novel to the usual Bolano theme of resuscitating or finding exiled or lost poets If Monsieur Pain is not your first Bolano and you still feel cheated by it Henighan s interpretation will provide some solace Through the mention of a poem by the Peruvian poet Cesar Vallejo who is a character in the novel one whom we never meet Henighan articulates for the Bolano reader a raison d etre for this book Vallejo was a persecuted poet who lived his last days in late 30 s Paris and even imagined a death in the city where he was distanced from the Civil War in Spain a political event about which he had presumably strong feelings Contrast this with Bolano s own situation in the early Seventies As a young man Bolano had himself felt the urge to participate in the political events of his native country Chile google the overthrow of the Socialist Allende government in the coup d etat in 1973 perpetrated by the CIA events from which he was distanced because of being in Mexico City That Bolano did eventually land up in Chile and was arrested and was or was not no one nows the truth tortured may be beside the point The point is In 1981 82 a thirty year old Bolano situated in Europe might have taken the time to see a tenuous connection between his life and Vallejo sBut Bolano the writer is never clear or unambiguous just as Bolano the man was never so himself The angst that pushed Bolano to Chile abated and threw him back to Mexico City His political confusion merged with the post 68 confusion of Mexican avant garde poetry Note also that while Vallejo s persecution was political he was a Communist Bolano s persecution was personal than anything else in part because he was a poet without a cause for whom politics was nothing than another vain attempt to find that cause What resulted was the vagabondism that is the center of The Savage Detectives and the slow gaining of that uality of literary vagabondism that beautifies all of Bolano s work a healthy distaste almost one borne out of incomprehension of objective reality a severance from the world and its ideas the a hollowness of the anti ideology and the search of an aesthetic for a literature that might have nothing to sayIt is in this light that an analysis can veer toward the uestion of Bolano s precursors Disregarding chronology if one is willing to move forward in time one can locate some similarities between Monsieur Pain and The New Life by Orhan Pamuk The Turkish master s novel was written a decade after Bolano wrote Pain and was judged by some critics to be the ind of novel Borges might have deigned to write Some critics have called Monsieur Pain an inferior version of Paul Auster s post modern metaphysical mysteries I personally feel that the comparison with Auster is not as apt as the one with the Pamuk of The New Life Whereas Auster is trying to create a metaphysical aesthetic of noir the strong political subtext of Pamuk s and Bolano s creations and an added layer of poetry in the latter s brings the two closer together and also distances them from Auster One could consider Borges to be as much a precursor to Bolano as well and certainly a guiding light to reading this labyrinthine first novel by Bolano One only needs to Problem Solving in Data Structures Algorithms Using C++ know that while the conundrums in Borges were due especially to the clarity of his vision Bolano s conundrums are of an inferiorind he himself doesn t now where he wants to take us In all his work Bolano has taken from his life a political confusion taken from Borges the love of labyrinths and added to these two elements the eternal uest for a poet that is very much his signature It is precisely because the last element has as yet not reached maturity in Monsieur Pain that we might get away by saying that it is in fact a lower Bolano. Extraordinaria a mitad de camino entre la casualidad y la causalidad una aventura a vida o muerte en donde se pondrá en juego el amor la soledad la dignidad y el valor del ser humano el delirio la irremediable tristezaUna insólita novela en la ue el autor de Los detectives salvajes premiado con el Rómulo Gallegos exhibe su no menos insólita altura literar.
Roberto Bolaño ✓ 4 SummaryLa senda de los elefantes The Path of the Elephants Monsieur Pain Roberto Bola oMonsieur Pain is a short novel by Chilean author Roberto Bola o 1953 2003 Written in 1981 1982 it was originally published in "1994 The novel is set in Paris and narrated by the Mesmerist Animal magnetism also nown as "The novel is set in Paris and narrated by the Mesmerist Animal magnetism also nown as was the name given by German doctor Franz Mesmer in the 18th century to what he believed to be an invisible natural force possessed by all living things including humans animals and vegetables He believed that the force could have physical effects including healing and he tried persistently but without success to achieve scientific recognition of his ideas Pierre Pain In April 1938 Pain is approached by Madame Reynaud whose late husband he had failed to help to assist the Peruvian poet C sar Vallejo who is in the hospital afflicted with an undiagnosed illness and unable to stop hiccuping Pain s attempts to reach and treat Vallejo are thwarted by skeptical doctors and two mysterious Spanish men who bribe him not to treat Vallejo Though he accepts the bribe Pain attempts to treat the poet but is barred from the hospital and loses contact with Madame Reynaud He has several run ins with friends strangers and old acuaintances and finds himself lost in the hospital and later in a warehouse chasing strangers through the rain and watching ambiguous events unfold but he is unable to make sense of any of these events The novel ends with an epilogue for voices which offers brief biographical reminiscences or perhaps obituaries of the novel s main characters which still fails to offer a resolution to the mystery 2013 1389 1391 172 1396 9789643698188 20 Wherever the sun doesn t go I don t go either Except to pubs Bohumil HrabalMonsignor Pain is a delightful construction It is a blurred exposure It is an appropriate paranoiac period piece the Paris of 1938 teemed with suspicions and throttled aspirations Bolano s titular protagonist is a haunted sort gassed during the Great War and living on a pension he s an Occultist and a confident His bleery hopes are
All Unreuited He Stumblesunreuited He stumbles yet clings A downpour of madness and paranoia overtakes him for a two day trip out of the bounds of proscribed sanity with the Peruvian poet Vallejo reclining just off stage The best images occur in Pain s rainy visit to a cinema The air throughout the novella remains heavy with absinthe wet clothing and vermin Who could honestly want than this Monsieur Pain is lyrical prose poetry delivered as a free associative sensorial tapestry with swathes of dream like passages of horripilating rhythm and sentiment mining the murk of ordinary dread disguised as menace madness Narrative action is totally beyond the point of this mesmeric gambol through the psyche of his Parisian intellectual whose descent into blissful insanity represents the prototypical uintessence of the Bola overse Bola o is my literary muse in reverse Mind blown horizons expanded lexicon augmented and skewed proverbial bars raised he has no minor works and Monsieur Pain is really one chapter of a single novel comprised of his entire oeuvre That s how masters play the literary game This novel makes zero sense though Uffff Uh what to say about this one That it s as accessible as his best novella Amulet that like his other smaller efforts not obviously the behemoths Savage Detectives or 2666 there s just not that much there that you as a reader must work with as little as possible to tie up strands place together symbols and plots with other works of his that at the crossroads between cinematography the sciences and literature prose AND poetry we set our scene with as much tragedy eating at the edges as a caterpillar eats up a leaf without of course falling headfirst into the melodramatic No Bola o is everything but melodramatic In his poetics we see ingrained Assassins the biological type such as the sickness that befalls the healthy plus literal illers of men of Authentic Creators of art of science of oracular innovations in the past 20th century Yep the observations sometimes here border on the clinical Mon Pain creates nausea but perpetuates a literary heft What I find most intriguing most beguiling actually is how Bola o calculates in eerily imprecise ways just HOW PEOPLE MANAGE TO GET SHUFFLED BY TIMEI let myself sink into poverty in a manner that was deliberate rigorous and not altogether devoid of elegance 59 Another plotless enigma from Bola o It s set in Paris in 1938 when Pierre Pain the eponymous narrator a devotee of Mesmerism is called in by his friend Madame Reynaud to see what he can do to halt the rapid decline of Cesar Vallejo The Peruvian poet is A un discípulo de Mesmer le encargan ue cure el hipo ue sufre un sudamericano pobre abandonado en un hospital de París en la primavera de 1938 En apariencia nada puede pasar Sin embargo el mesmerista Pierre Pain se verá envuelto en una intriga en donde se planea un asesinato ritual de proporciones planetarias ¿uién es el sudamericano ue agoniza en el hos. Pparently dying of hiccups Reynaud lost her
husband in a case in which Pain s intervention was ineffective but says she has faith inin a case in which Pain s intervention was ineffective but now says she has faith in ability to help Vallejo Pain moves about a Paris beset by surrealist distortions the hospital corridors twist in upon themselves la the New York Guggenheim It s like a modern art gallery I heard Madame Reynaud murmur The corridors are circular in fact I said If they were longer we could reach the top story without ever having noticed the climb So off they go to see Vallejo with the poet s wife leading the way But they are impeded first by a nasty physician by the name of Lejard who alluding to Pain announces he has no time for charlatans then by a formidable delegation led by the previously unavailable Dr Lemiere who now deigns to take the Vallejo case At the same time Pain is being followed for unknown reasons by two Spaniards They give him cash which he takes upbraiding himself for cowardliness His mentor Paul Rivette mentions the presence in the city of an old mutual acuaintance Pleumeur Bodou now an intelligence operative for Franco s fascists Both eventually end up in a cinema discussing a bizarre film which was grafted together from part of an aborted documentary and part of an aborted drama There is massive intercutting between the voiceover of the film Pain s thoughts and the dialogue of Pain and Pleumeur Bodou You get the idea None of this needless to say makes a bit of sense nor was it meant to Though one enjoys the deployment of the surrealist atmosphere there is no linear sense to be had only subtext to be pieced together from multiple readings This is my first The novel s a mindteaser but a pleasurable one and therefore recommended I do also recall however that for Terzeff every death had a ritual function death indeed was the only genuine rite left in the world Roberto Bola o Monsieur Pain Geometry everything was geometry and shit Roberto Bola o Monsieur Pain A weird little Bola o A novella Bola o second written first published set in Paris in the 30s and narrated by the most unreliable mesmerist Pierre Pain In some ways it reminded me of one of Nabokov s early funky Russian novellas It is all dark glass and rain and smoke and damp theaters and long hallways and hospitals and doctors It is a dark mystery room without a door out The narrator doesn t really solve the mystery The victim isn t saved The reader is left with almost less information and satisfaction at the end than the beginning If it was sex Bola o would fail to get aroused ignore his partner s libido and just roll over and watch a movie instead Even the novel s funky epilogue for v I really like Bolano Every time I think about how I really like Bolano though I hear Ben Gibbard in my head un ironically defending Avril Lavigne s Complicated as being a goo Monsieur Pain is among Bola o s earliest efforts written at a time when he was attempting to earn a living by pursuing prize money offered by regional writing contests throughout Spain It s very much like an apprentice at work but there are hints as to the writer he would become It doesn t surprise me to see a poet in there and a bit of a conspiracy too Set in Paris in 1938 Pierre Pain is a mesmerist called to the bedside of the famed Peruvian C sar Vallejo who can t stop hiccupping The doctors can t figure it out and Pain is called in as a last resort by Madame Reynaud a widow and close friend who is a friend of Vallejo s wife The situation is complicated by those that seem to take an interest in seeing to it that Vallejo is not helped and Pain is even bribed to stay away from tending to him He remains largely uncomprehending is often confused and feels like he is lost as Bola o blurs reality with surreality Along with Pain we find ourselves caught in labyrinths whose depth and strangeness pay homage to the likes of Borges Bola o leans on the ominous motifs of film noir to establish a paranoid vibe with men in dark suits and upturned collars standing under single light sources in perpetual rain handing off envelopes stuffed with cash while the impending war looms subtly in the background This is far from his best work but there was just about enough intrigue in the narrative to Crossing the color line in American politics and African American literature keep me interested This review may contain tiny spoilersThis was my first Bola o and judging from the other reviews I see that I should ve read 2666 andor The Savage Detectives before this one to be able to understand the references in this book To be honest maybe because I m not accustomed to this writer s style or didn tnow the references I didn t like this one much Everything happened so fast while nothing was happening It abruptly ended in an. Pital Arago ¿Por ué unas fuerzas ocultas desean su muerte ¿ué se pierde y ué se gana con esa muerte Sólo Pierre Pain se da cuenta de lo ue se teje entre bastidores Y él no es un héroe sino un hombre común y corriente solitario secretamente enamorado de madame Reynaud delicado pacífico descreído el menos indicado para intentar resolver una historia.