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Monsieur Pain

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“Docemente, ao voltar para casa, comecei a recompor o rosto febril de monsieur Reynaud ao mesmo tempo que meditava sobre o soluço do desconhecido monsieur Vallejo. Imagem recorrente, refleti; nos últimos meses era difícil para mim não associar a doença e até a beleza à lembrança de monsieur Reynaud. Era quase meia-noite e eu havia passado o resto da noitada num café do bai ...more
Paperback, Narrativas hispánicas #275, 176 pages
Published January 1st 1999 by Anagrama
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ArturoBelano
Mar 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
" Jean Claude Pelletier, Bonno von archimboldi’yi ilk olarak 1980 yılının Noel’inde, Alman edebiyatı eğitimi almak için gittiği Paris’te, yani daha 19 yaşındayken okumuştu. Bahsi geçen kitap, D’Arsonval’di.”

Bolano’nun öleyazdığı 2666 böyle başlıyor. Peki bunun ilk romanı Mösyö Pain’le ilgisi ne derseniz, aslında yok, elbette Bolano’ya dair Archimboldi takıntısı olan okur hariç. Mösyö Pain’de D’Arsonval karşımıza Curie’ün arkadaşı olarak kısa bir süre çıkıyor ve hemen kayboluyor ve biz Bolano çet
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Greg
Jun 29, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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 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, just like those hipsters are doing in the Ben Gibbard bootleg I downloaded somewhere a bunch ...more
Fabian
Apr 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Ufff... 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 ...more
Deniz Balcı
"Mösyö Pain" Bolano'nun, dev eserlerinden sonra okumuş olduğum en ilgi çekici eseri diyebilirim rahatlıkla. Türkçede yayımlanmış bütün Bolano kitapları (Lümpen Roman hariç) okuyucuyu aynı dünyaya davet eder, atmosfer açısından birbirleriyle karışıktırlar. Fakat bu kez çok daha farklı bir dünya var. Ancak bu farklılığa rağmen yine Bolano romanları arasında kurabildiğimiz bağlantılar hemen kendini gösteriyor. Yazar, kitapları arasında sürekli ipler gerer, bilen bilir, burada da da o his bizimle.

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William2
Another plotless enigma from Bolaño. 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 ...more
Hakan
Nov 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
bolano edebiyatın meselesi ve gerçekliğiyle hayatın meselesi ve gerçekliğini buluşturmayı başarabilen bir yazar. edebiyata hayat verebiliyor, hayatı edebiyatlaştırabiliyor. yetenekle de çalışmayla da ulaşılabilecek yazarlık seviyesinin üzerinde, özel bir konumda. bu sebeple para ve ödül için yazdığı ilk romanlardan biri olsa da, başka kriterlerle değerlendirildiğinde kusurları bulunsa da mösyö pain özünde eşsiz bir cevher bulunduran bir roman.

kahramanımız büyük savaşta yaralandıktan sonra emekl
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Jonfaith
May 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
>Wherever the sun doesn't go I don't go either. Except to pubs. -- Bohumil Hrabal

Monsignor 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 unrequited. He stumbles and yet clings. A downpour of madness and paran
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Darwin8u
Dec 21, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
"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 Bolaño, Monsieur Pain

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"Geometry, everything was geometry and shit."
-- Roberto Bolaño, Monsieur Pain

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A weird little Bolaño. A novella (Bolaño 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 dar
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Tanuj Solanki
Politics, and the fascination for labyrinths

In 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 wall.

But 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 is not the kind of writer you can read one book of and form an opinion. In fact, to
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MJ Nicholls
Apr 19, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mr. Bolaño truly is the most productive of dead writers. Almost a decade in the sod and still churning out work hither and thither. The Insufferable Gaucho is due for UK release this year, and The Third Reich is slated for release next year in the US. The man’s unstoppable!

Monsieur Pain is his attempt at a novel in the genteel English vein: a work of straightforward historical fiction written in a hurried first-person with a tacked-on epilogue. It’s an atypical book in the Roberto canon, a “surr
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Radioread
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beğenimizi temsil etmeye çalışan şu zavallı yıldızlara şimdi çak bir beşlik dememi kimse çok görmez herhalde. Bazı yazarlarla bazı okuyucular arasında özel mi özel, açıklanamaz türden bir bağ, bir şey gelişir. Bu beş yıldızı Pain'in gaipten (mi) duyduğu hıçkırıklara bile verebilirim. Veya sırf 2666'nın eleştirmenlerinden birinin bir rüyasına. Veya sırf dünyanın en korkunç kontak sesine. Veya sırf bulutları dilim dilim eden bir pilotun deliliğine. Veya sırf olmadık bir saatte acayip bir bara takı ...more
Toby
Jun 16, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lit, translation
I've been meaning to read some Bolano for the past two years but the books I bought are massive tomes. When this slight and intriguing number appeared in my bookshop I found myself compelled to read it. If I had more free time this would most certainly have been a one sitting read and I think it almost requires that level of attention to get the most out of it. The set up is strong with a protagonist you'll be more than happy to take a slightly surreal journey with whilst the descriptive passage ...more
Diane S ☔
Aug 06, 2013 rated it liked it
It is 1938, Paris and Monsieur Pain, a noted mesmerizer is called by a friend, to the bedside of Vallejo, who is dying from the hiccups. Yes, I said hiccups. This is a mystery, why does Vallejo die or was he murdered?
He will become known in the future as the most famous of Latin America's poets. The Spanish civil war has ended, the Nazis soon to become very important and paranoia is a facet of life. This is one very veiled book, it is strange and I one time it reminded me of the TV show Fringe,
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Buğra Aydoğan
Dec 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
İlk sayfalarını okurken paralel evrende, başka bir Bolano tarafından yazılmış hissini yaşadım. Ancak olaylar gelişmeye başlayınca "huylu huyundan vazgeçmez" dercesine, kitaplarında eksik etmediği tekinsizlik havasını ve küçük saplantılarını oraya buraya serpiştirdiğini fark ettim. Şairlere olan saplantısı ve ikinci dünya savaşına olan merakı(burada yine bir Wehrmacht hayranlığı sezdim) açıkça görülüyor. Avrupa'da yükselen faşizm dalgasının ve yaklaşan savaşın gerginliğini, tekinsizlik hissinin a ...more
Barry Pierce
There are some instances where great geniuses can go awry. When they are so invested in writing like themselves that they form a loose parody of lucid prose which in the end only leaves a bad taste. While I did enjoy Monsieur Pain for the first third or so, I must admit that the entire novel does fall apart. It doesn’t even read like Bolaño. It’s a pity. I don’t hate it however. I… just don’t love it.
Banushka
valla bolano'nun ödül almak için yazdığından mı benim anlamadığımdan mı bilmem en beğenmediğim kitabı oldu diyebilirim.
evet, savaş tedirginliği, huzursuzluk, tekinsizlik genel olarak sinmiş romana ama birbiriyle bağını anlayamadığım bir sürü kişi, hiçbir yere bağlanmayan edgar allen poe'msu olaylar...
ölen karakterin gerçekten genç yaşta ölen perulu şair olması gibi oyunları sevdiğini biliyoruz zaten bolano'nun ama genel olarak çok kopuk geldi bana roman.
en çok sondaki bölümü sevdim diyebilirim.
Tittirossa
Dec 06, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 10_big-delusion
Boh Bolano.
Passata la sbornia bolanesca (l'it writer dei lettori fortiitaliani, soppiantato da Haruf quest'anno, l'anno scorso non ricordo) a seguito di consiglio di un amico anobiano (Sigurd) che me lo ha segnalato come padre putativo di un autore italiano (Funetta, Dalle Rovine - a sua volta consigliato da un amico anobiano Krodi80) decido di dargli una chance con l'unico suo libro che avessi in casa.
Pre-avvertita che non era granché ho comunque pensato che il genio emerge anche nei libri me
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Jigar Brahmbhatt
Apr 17, 2012 rated it it was ok
I finally got around to finish reading it. I am still not sure whether I like Bolano. I very much enjoyed his short stories in "Last Evenings on Earth". They didn't feel like stories, but biographical sketches of writers at the margins of society. Here he creates a character sketch from the inside; we get Monsieur Pain's narration from his anxious psyche and though his narration is wrapped around a thinly plotted thriller about mesmerism and political intrigue, I cared less and less for everyone ...more
Jose Alexander
Mar 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, ficción
En mi primer acercamiento a la novela, en esos primeros capítulos en que uno lee tanteando, dejándose asombrar, dejándose ser parte de esa ola que son las palabras, sentí que el tratamiento del tiempo casi como una textura era lo que más me gustaba. Después, me sumergí en la historia y me puse a pensar qué era lo que unía todo lo que estaba subrayando con la narrativa, qué me estaba queriendo decir el narrador a través de lo que marcaba. Qué me marcaba. La historia iba de un mesmerista al que lo ...more
Griffin Alexander
Jun 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Makes sense as Bolaño's first published book and acts as a prelude of things to come. Like jazzlogic (a la From a Broken Bottle Traces of Perfume Still Emanate: Bedouin Hornbook, Djbot Baghostus's Run, Atet A.D.) meeting the surreal imagistic turns of (appropriately) Vallejo's Trilce put through the ringer of a mystery thriller (spoiler: nothing is ever revealed, only further mystified). All I can really say is that I was unreasonably moved by a watchmaker subtly crying while seen from a drippin ...more
Julio César
Feb 10, 2011 rated it liked it
Como dijo la profesora Marsimián, a uno de los escritores que le gustan le gustan hasta los libros malos. No digo que este sea el caso, pero: 1) no creo que si Bolaño no fuera uno de mis escritores favoritos hubiera leído, ni apreciado, este libro; y 2) no se lo recomendaría a alguien no familiarizado con este escritor.
Hay fragmentos del mejor Bolaño, ese que maneja una prosa poética melancólica y absurda. La mejor parte para mí es el final, el "Epílogo de varias voces", porque ahí el autor ya m
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Darryl
Apr 01, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This novella is set in 1938 Paris, as the famed mesmerist Pierre Pain is urgently summoned by his friend and love interest, the young widow Marcelle Reynaud. The Peruvian poet César Vallejo, whose wife is a close friend to Reynaud, is dying in the hospital with a severe and unremitting case of hiccups, and the two women believe that Pain is the only clinician who can save his life. Pain comes to the hospital, but encounters two mysterious Spanish men, who offer him a substantial bribe to not tre ...more
Yücel
Sep 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Özenle okunması gereken hastane sahnesi ve sinema sahnesi (sahnesi derken?) diyor ve bitiriyorum.
Sara
Sep 20, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An odd little book. Nothing really happens. Or does it? A man is followed, maybe there is a plot against another man, maybe the guy just lives in his own head. Not sure. There is a bit of a sad romance and also an intriguing epilogue.
Karl
Apr 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book begins in Paris in the spring of 1938. The narrator Pierre Pain a practitioner in acupuncture and mesmerism is requested by his friend, a young widow Madame Reynaud, with whom he is hopelessly in love, to attend at the hospital bedside of her friend Madame Vallejo’s husband César Vallejo. It is Madame Reynaud’s hope that using the occult sciences Pierre Pain may cure the patient’s chronic hiccups as his current doctors have been unable to do so.

Pain tries to visit the dying man in the
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Jonathan
Feb 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is my first exposure to Bolaño, but I am absolutely intrigued to pick up the rest of his novels and give them all a shot. I can only imagine what he can do with a bit more length in his books (as Monsieur Pain is a very short novel, just around 134 pages in the edition I read).

This book will frustrate some readers. The way that Bolaño jumps between fragmented memories, the past, different locations, and his general hazy and foggy writing, makes the novel relatively confusing at certain par
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J.I.
Nov 16, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2013
It starts so simple. You meet Monsieur Pain, a mesmerist, in 1938 Paris, who gets called upon by an old acquaintance to help a husband of her friend's who is dying of hiccups. Then it gets weird. The novel very quickly is mired in a Kafkaesque miasma of doubt and suffocating dread, this veteran of WWI attempting to navigate class, romance, age, old friendships and self doubt and comes to be about the dread of the looming nazi menace, particularly as embodied in an old friend who aids Franco's fo ...more
Mohammadreza
ساختمان کار:
عجیب ، گمراه کننده، گسسته و تا حدودی ابزورد. قصه ای وجود ندارد، تنها رگه های روایی که به جایی ختم نمیشوند. ظاهرن موسیو پین درگیر یک بازی جنون آمیز شده اما نه او و نه ما تا انتها نمیفهمیم این چه بازی ای ست، اصلن بازی بوده یا نه. ضمن اینکه قصه ی تمام شخصیت ها، بسیار موجز و کوتاه، آخر داستان در قالب یک بخش جدا ضمیمه شده است.
تصاویر:
بسیار شبیه به راشهای قلموی ون گوگ در نقاشیهای آخر عمرش. رگه هایی پر رنگ ، خشن ، کوتاه و بی دنباله و در عین حال موثر. زوم کردن ناگهانی روی یک چهره، تصویر بردار
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Robert Ross
Mar 17, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: goodfiction
Some day I may look back and decide Roberto Bolaño wasn't really all that. But then again, I may just decide to never look back. There is a brevity and strength (dare I call it visceral realism) to Bolaño's work that I deeply appreciate, and feel is lost in so much modern literature. Each successive book I read only draws me in further.

The lack of resolution in his stories, which in other places might drive me to fits of rage, only strengthens my belief that he was one of the best writers of the
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Stuart
Aug 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
An interesting early novel by Bolano, this book is sort of like a David Lynch movie written by Herman Hesse or Camus by way of James Joyce and Dostoyevsky and some Bret Easton Ellis thrown in. Set in Paris in the late 30's, it follows a middle-aged acupuncturist/mesmerist who is a WWI veteran. He attempts to treat a dying South American poet on the eve of the German invasion of France, and after being denied entry to the hospital, wanders the streets, paranoid that he has become part of some kin ...more
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For most of his early adulthood, Bolaño was a vagabond, living at one time or another in Chile, Mexico, El Salvador, France and Spain.

Bolaño moved to Europe in 1977, and finally made his way to Spain, where he married and settled on the Mediterranean coast near Barcelona, working as a dishwasher, a campground custodian, bellhop and garbage collector — working during the day and writing at night.

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“I am being followed, I realized, with a blend of certitude and astonishment, like a soldier discovering that gangrene has taken hold of his leg.” 3 likes
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