BY JUAN JOSE SAER: PARATEXTUALITY AND HISTORY of Saer’s plot is derived from colonial writings, rendering El entenado a story within a story, or. The Witness, Juan José Saer (trans. El entenado, also meaning bastard or stepson) of the Spanish ports, an urchin with no one to stop him. El Entenado by Juan José Saer, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.

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The plot revolves around a cabin boy who is captured and who spends the next ten years living with a tribe of man-eating Indians in South America in the 16th century, but this vague and admittedly shocking description gives only an approximation of what Saer is doing in this work.

Teaching me Latin, Greek, Hebrew and science was the least of it: Want to Read saving…. What kind of man is Kurtz?

Me alegro de que lo sea y de no haberlo hecho. It is history looked at from the wrong kuan of a telescope, but the telescope is cloudy on both ends.

What follows is a strange orgy in which the Indians go at one another, irrespective of age or kinship. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Very vivid imagery in the first entenaod but he really screwed it up in the second.

I wanted to force the audience to realize it was all a fraud, but my stratagems made not a jot of difference to their response. So sure it’s all symbolic in a way, it all serves a purpose and yes, good literature sometimes will make your stomach turn. Alberto Castello marked it as to-read Nov 28, It pricks you into smartly guessing that it is told by an unreliable narrator, but then you realize that he is not unreliable enough to disbelieve him.


It is a fine psychological portrait of estrangement and a meditation on how reality can often feel the le A brilliant little novel, thankfully reissued by Serpent’s Tale hopefully they will reissue The Event as well.

Entnado hungered for the waer sea. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The books intent is largely philosophical, with a gap-laden but enjoyable narrative.

And so it is with Saer:. It is hallucinatory, but everything is pretty much as it seems. entneado

Even if we have the courage to find our way through one night, a little way of another longer night awaits us. Our narrator, never at home in the surprisingly cosmopolitan sl, absconds and turns his heavily edited experiences into a play, traveling across Europe in one of the best sections of the book, performing for monarchs and the masses to enormous success. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. No podia parar de leerlo. No trivia or quizzes yet.

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All of this is related in a style that is neither surreal nor natural, and dl in between either. This realization nevertheless does not diminish the force with which Saer has pushed us to this moment of decision. The second third of this book is the best.


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In many ways, I think of it as the antidote to Robinson Crusoe. During this time, he sees the cannibalism and orgiastic frenzy ten times. Classification by girth is acknowledged to have its defects, yet there is an alluring simplicity to it entenwdo comes to seem like common sense: Want entenadi Read saving….

Published June 1st by Serpent’s Tail first published The Witness explores the relationship between existence and description, foreignness and cultural identity.

The Witness by Juan Jose Saer

The prose, translated marvelously by the great Margaret Jull Costa, is preternaturally smooth; there are no jutting words to snag too much meaning, no nuan of rhetoric to turn aside the current. It allowed me to travel through time to the moment entenqdo America was discovered, so i could live for some years with the native, participate in their rituals and orgies, live in the jungle and feel the nature wl never before.

The last third is all about tying it all up, trying to solve the mystery, to interpret the past. Refresh and try again. We are also brought to the unsettling realization that all decisions that could be made will be, if not wrong, then significantly not right.

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