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 de Juan José Saer this paper approaches the narrative speech of El entenado by the Argentinian novelist Juan Jose Saer () from the. El Entenado by Juan José Saer, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.

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He finds out that every year there is a mass slaughter and one survivor is brought back but usually they let him go. He had recently retired from his position as a lecturer at the University of Rennes, and had almost finished his final novel, La Grande ssaer, which has since been published posthumously, along with a series of critical articles on Latin American and European writers, Trabajos Somehow it manages to take the pornography of death of the firs part and mellow it down to an interesting, thoughtfull and touching story.

Apr 26, Ross Mcelwain rated it it was amazing.

Aug 26, Zoe Luhtala rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: When a larger party of Spanish is sighted, the Indians send the narrator down river in a canoe, where he is picked up by conquistadores and entrusted to a priest. 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.

All of this is related in uose style that is neither surreal nor juaj, and nothing in between either. De la ventana, abierta al silencio de la noche, le llegan los recuerdos.


Overall this book did not fail to have an impact on me. Really this book is an amazing accomplishment and I’d recommend it to anyone who wants to read something different.

The Witness by Juan Jose Saer | Quarterly Conversation

Open Preview See a Problem? Being a student of anthropology, I was reminded of when I had to write a research paper on the Yanomamo tribe and I found lots of parallels. He rntenado carried along by the Indians, who also carry with them the bodies of the Spanish who had fallen.

Do they do the right thing? Well yes and no.

To ask other readers questions about The Witnessplease sign up. Saer’s descriptions of the jungle and of the eating of human flesh are extremely rea I actually read this book in Spanish El Entenado. Born to Syrian immigrants in Serodino, a small town in the Santa Fe Province, he studied law and philosophy at the National University of the Littoral, where he taught History of Cinematography.

We have to consider the subject matter of it all, in this case: It is history looked at from the wrong end of a telescope, but the telescope is cloudy on both ends. Margaret Jull Costa Translator.

The Witness

The hangover lasts for a surprisingly long time, but after it has cleared our narrator finds the tribe to be practically obsessive in its routines and prohibitions of politesse. Saer died in after having written many books that are largely unknown to the Anglo world. The books intent saed largely philosophical, with a gap-laden but enjoyable narrative. However, each witness is also soon placed into a canoe and sent away shortly after the hangover period has ended though the boy remains. He is a witness to the tribe’s periodic cannibilastic orgies, when most of the time they are a peaceful bunch.


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Unforgettably, the novel ends with the memory of a lunar eclipse, which troubles the tribe until the light slowly returns and re-establishes the tenuous existence of their world.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. It is a pity it is not several hundred pages longer: Juan Jose Saer was born in Argentina in and is considered one of Argentina’s leading writers of the post-Borges generation.

Gran descubrimiento, y me quedo con ganas de seguir leyendo mucho a este maravilloso autor.

Our narrator returns on their ship to Europe, is delivered to a friar-intellectual who teaches him a fleet of languages, generally re-civilizes the boy, and dies. Feb 17, Simsian rated it liked it.

El Entenado

Even if we have the courage to find our way through one night, a little way of another longer night awaits us. Este libro no puede ser tan bueno.

El mundo, a los recuerdos, les proporciona una fecha y un espesor: May 06, Ben Winch added it Shelves: Proust, in La mayor, or Joyce, in Sombras sobre vidrio esmerilado. Saer’s descriptions of the jungle and of the eating of human flesh are extremely realistic, but this not an adventure book.

In many cases, a penetrating skepticism seeps into his novels at just these moments. A man writes about his experiences as a much younger man in South America in the 16th century, it’s only a sghort book and a little strange but compelling anyway.