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Occult sciences, César Vallejo, WWII, hopeless love, and a final 'Epilogue for Voices' : Monsieur Pain is a hallucinatory masterwork by the great Roberto Bolaño. Paris, 1938. The Peruvian poet César Vallejo is in the hospital, afflicted with an undiagnosed illness, and unable to stop hiccuping. His wife calls on an acquaintance of her friend Madame Reynaud: the Mesmerist Pierre Pain. Pain, a timid bachelor, is in love with the widow Reynaud, and agrees to help. But two mysterious Spanish men follow Pain and bribe him not to treat Vallejo, and Pain takes the money. Ravaged by guilt and anxiety, however, he does not intend to abandon his new patient, but then Pain's access to the hospital is barred and Madame Reynaud leaves Paris.. Another practioner of the occult sciences enters the story (working for Franco, using his Mesmeric expertise to interrogate prisoners) - as do Mme. Curie, tarot cards, an assassination, and nightmares. Meanwhile, Monsieur Pain, haunted and guilty, wanders the crepuscular, rainy streets of Paris... .

    

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Hardback Editions

January 2011 : UK Hardback
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Title: Monsieur Pain
Author(s): Roberto Bolano
ISBN: 0-330-51056-8 / 978-0-330-51056-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
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December 2009 : USA Hardback
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Title: Monsieur Pain
Author(s): Roberto Bolano
ISBN: 0-8112-1714-0 / 978-0-8112-1714-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: New Directions
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Paperback Editions

May 2016 : UK Paperback
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Title: Monsieur Pain
Author(s): Roberto Bolano
ISBN: 1-5098-2878-8 / 978-1-5098-2878-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
Availability: Amazon UK   


February 2012 : USA Paperback
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Title: Monsieur Pain
Author(s): Roberto Bolano
ISBN: 0-8112-1889-9 / 978-0-8112-1889-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: New Directions
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August 2011 : UK Paperback
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Title: Monsieur Pain
Author(s): Roberto Bolano
ISBN: 0-330-51057-6 / 978-0-330-51057-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
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January 2011 : UK Paperback
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Title: Monsieur Pain
Author(s): Roberto Bolano
ISBN: 0-330-53516-1 / 978-0-330-53516-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
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Audio Editions

May 2013 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Monsieur Pain
Author(s): Roberto Bolano
Publisher: Audible Studios
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May 2013 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Monsieur Pain
Author(s): Roberto Bolano
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

February 2012 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Monsieur Pain
Author(s): Roberto Bolano
Publisher: New Directions
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