Read & Download ¶ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Û Roberto BolañoUrpose of this event to occur most of the time is the opposite of what I m seeking In my opinion a stand alone novel should be enjoyed whether you know the references or familiar to the author s knowledge or not At least it has to give you something to work for some explanation some information whether woven into the story or as a preface maybe open the doors to a certain culture a certain kind of literature Unfortunately Monsieur Pain didn t do something like that for me If I hadn t seen the enthusiastic reviews of my GR friends on Bola o s other novels reading only this book wouldn t keep my interest in reading from himThough I do believe that reading other novels of the author first may give you a clear understanding of this one At least it is what I gathered reading others reviews I guess I ll see when I read the aforementioned novels in the future But till then for this one 2 stars 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 apparently dying of hiccups Reynaud recently lost her husband in a case in which Pain s intervention was ineffective but now says she has faith in his 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 La 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 o 1953 2003 Written in 1981 1982 it was originally published in 1994 The novel is set Paris and narrated by the Mesmerist Animal magnetism also known as mesmerism 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 I really like Bolano Every time I think about how I really like
BOLANO THOUGH I HEAR BEN GIBBARDthough I hear Ben Gibbard my head un ironically defending Avril Lavigne s Complicated as being a good song Because it s good It s really really good And then there are all the cool goodreaders and Karen who is a cool goodreader but also exists in real life giggling uncontrollably and laughing at my enjoyment of Bolano ust like those hipsters are doing in the Ben Gibbard bootleg I downloaded somewhere a bunch of years ago When he s good he s like a Machado de Assis style writer but in a late 20th century context When he s really good he makes all of literature seem so much important than it ever normally feels and makes reading feel exciting than anything those tards who only crack open the spine of a Vince Flynn novel on the plane traveling to their yearly convention in Vegas seem well boring Just like what those people would think wasting your time reading a 700 page book about Mexican Poets would feel like And when I think about how good he is I want to smash my laptop over my head in frustration that he s picked up this reputation of being something putrid that hipster cream themselves over when every person I know who loves books should get some kind of charge out of Bolano But anyway all of my Bolano worship behind us now this book doesn t make me feel those things This isn t that greatIt s okBut I don #T Want Ok From The Bolano Oeuvre There Are Other #want ok from the Bolano oeuvre There are other out there for ok There are some good parts to the novel But historical fiction even done up all weird doesn t seem to have been Bolano s strength I have a feeling that this novel wasn t written in the normal manner that he wrote though but was instead written to win prize money He mentions that Monsieur Pain was the novel that won the contests that his short story about his time living in Spain and winning contests with a novel was based on Anyway if you are going to give Bolano Puckster's First Hockey Sweater just one shot and them dismiss him don t read this book No matter what some of the other reviewers say this isn t typical of him and he does better work But it s a fine enough novel to spend a day or two reading. Extraordinaria a mitad de camino entre la casualidad y la causalidad una aventura a vida o muerte en donde se pondrá enuego 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. ,
S certain and comprehensible as animal magnetism hypnotism and mesmerism So destroy the form Kill the thrill 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 stumbles and 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 ust 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 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 ust about enough intrigue in the narrative to keep me interested 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 ust 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 killers 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 ust 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 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 This review may contain tiny spoilersThis
was my first Bola o and udging from the other reviews I see that I should ve read 2666 andormy first Bola o and udging from the other reviews I see that I should ve read 2666 andor 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 t know the references I didn t like this one much Everything happened so fast while nothing was happening It abruptly ended in an aimless manner making me think Well what exactly happened Why are we told this story almost in a superficial manner I mean there is no *EXPLANATION OR DESCRIPTION OF HOW PAIN *or description of how Pain able to heal people or what was the point of Spaniards and the money or the brothers Pain comes across or the warehouse etc Is everything a part of a bigger picture that I don t know because I haven t read the books mentioned aboveIt did feel like a transition book in which nothing is really revealed and the reader is assumed to know what it is really about Unfortunately I didn t which led to a very poor reading experience because I seek to learn things from the books I read as well as some entertainment not study Them Using Other Resources Before I Read using other resources before I read so I can understand them I mean I do a lot of research for my PhD already and I turn to books to relieve the stress of constant research However asking yourself Am I missing something Am I missing the point What was the 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. 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 Renovate: Changing Who You Are by Loving Where You Are just for its comprehensiveness but also for its comprehension on the entire body of the work and also on Bolano s life itself Bolano is not the kind 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 knows 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 unambiguousust 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 was written a decade Bolano wrote Pain and
was udged by some critics to be the kind of novel Borges might have deigned to write Some critics havejudged by some critics to be the kind of novel Borges might have deigned to write Some critics have 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 know that while the conundrums in Borges were due especially to the clarity of his vision Bolano s conundrums are of an inferior kind he himself doesn t know 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 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 ust roll over and watch a movie instead Even the novel s funky epilogue for voices doesn t resolve anything other than the reality that death is the BIG inescapable mystery and the final climax for everyone Perhaps that THAT is the answer Perhaps that is the only answer possible Anything before and anything between birth and death 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.