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*Bolaño. Monseiur Pain. 1999. 171 pp.

Bolaño wrote this in the early 80s, but it wasn't published till much later. M. Pierre Pain is a mesmerist who is called in to try to help the dying César Vallejo in Paris, 1938. He becomes convinced that someone is trying to assassinate Vallejo, after a few Spaniards, presumably agents of Franco?, bribe him to get off the case.

The novel is only partially successful. Vallejo himself doesn't figure much, and the detective story doesn't really get off the ground.