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Will BlytheThe prevailing architecture of Monsieur Pain is the labyrinth—the hospital, city streets, a nightclub connected to a warehouse all imprison the protagonist in mazes through which he frantically rushes, only to end up face to face with no monster greater than himself…the evil in Monsieur Pain feels ominously real, despite the fact that Bolano hardly enunciates its presence. The novel melds existential anxiety to political terror in a measure peculiar to Bolano—imagine the protagonist of Poe's "Tell-Tale Heart" if he were being interrogated by the secret police on suspicion of having hidden subversives behind his wall. Readers know, as the characters of Monsieur Pain do not, that Paris in 1938 is a city of sleepwalkers, that a darkness soon comes its way. It is Bolano's great gift to make us feel the dimensions of this darkness even when we cannot see exactly what it hides.
—The New York Times