Reading an old story, I have some problems with understanding the following (esp. the part in bold):

it was this very day fifty years ago—February 13—the man disappeared from its shadows; swept in this extraordinary, incredible fashion into invisibility— into some other place.

My understanding (using simpler words where I am more certain about the meaning): ...abruptly carried away, in a very extraordinary and incredible fashion, so that he became invisible and got into another place.

Is that correct? I have particular problems with understanding of "into invisibility".

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Yes, you understand it correctly. "[he was] swept into invisibility..." means he became invisible. The author uses "swept into", which distributes to the two conditions in apposition: invisibility = some other [unknown] place.

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