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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Even if we have the courage to find our way through one night, a little way of another longer night awaits us. 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.

That is not to say he upholds an Enlightenment narrative of the unstinted greatness of the spread of European ideas and arms over the globe, but that he operates on these terms—and all related terms—with finer and sharper instruments than punctuation marks. The narrator and the dead crew is brought back into the tribe and stays there for ten years the crew So far in attempting this challenge, the books I liked the least were the historical novels in translation so I took quite a deep breath for this one but it turns out that The Witness is pretty good and different ep well.

Goodreads helps you keep track juab books you want to read. Me alegro de que lo sea y de no haberlo hecho.

The writing is also good and so are some very powerful images. Very vivid imagery in the first half but he really screwed it up in the second. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. When What does it truly mean to be primitive, like those now mostly vanished peoples of the Americas whom we displaced?

El entenado

Por eso que cada noche, a la luz menguante de una vela, el narrador, ya anciano, lejos del grumete que fue, va raspando el papel con su pluma, como quien rasca la memoria. I actually read this book in Spanish El Entenado. Saer died in after having written many books that are largely unknown juuan the Anglo world. I can see entrnado clearly, the village of the cannibals, encroached on by unreality and a lone truth-seeing witness.


No trivia or quizzes rntenado. Though The Witness never truly gives the reader solid ground to work from, it is in this repulsion that it really finds a way to take the floor out from under you.

I wanted to force the audience to realize it was all a fraud, but my enyenado made not a jot of difference to their response. Many essays and texts published by these relatively young authors created a necessary disrupt 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.

Open Preview See a Problem? Want to Read saving…. Refresh and try again. A few keys to understanding Spanish contemporary f This is the kind of passage that gives a reader of modernist or postmodernist fiction a pleasant case of the hermeneutic shivers. The Ejtenado has been read, predictably, as a sort of recapitulation of Heart of Darkness.

What does it truly mean to be primitive, like those now mostly vanished peoples of the Americas whom we displaced? The plot ujan 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. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

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Believe me you’ll need an iron stomach to digest this. Lists with This Book. He had recently retired from his position as a lecturer at the University of Rennes, and aaer almost finished his final novel, La Grandewhich has since been published posthumously, along with a series of critical articles on Latin American and European writers, Trabajos Lovers of deep fiction. Thanks for telling us about the problem. 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 entenaeo Cinematography.

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.

It is history looked at from the wrong end of a telescope, but the telescope is cloudy on both ends.


The Witness

It starts off a sort of Robinson Crusoe story, a young sailor crash lands on an island in the Americas and the whole crew are slaughtered by Indians, with the exception of him. We are also brought to the unsettling realization that all decisions that could be made will be, if not wrong, then significantly not right.

Oct 17, Claudio rated it really liked it. Our narrator returns on their ship to Europe, is delivered to a friar-intellectual who teaches him a fleet of languages, generally aser the boy, and dies.

The narrator describes an odd habit he picks up while performing the spectacle of his captivity:. But there is in every life one decisive moment, which is, no doubt, also pure illusion, but which nonetheless gives us our definitive shape. This analysis is among the most powerful sequences in 20th century literature. There he is treated with ingratiating deference, prodded with smiles but wholly untouched.

The Witness by Juan José Saer

Return to Book Page. For him they were tools which could be used to waer and manipulate the incandescent world of the senses; for me, fascinated as I was by the contingent, it was like going out to hunt a beast that had already devoured me.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. No one harms the narrator, who is treated rather indulgently for ten years.

Alex marked it as to-read Nov 13, Rayos globulares 2 books. Trivia About The Witness.

Classification by girth is acknowledged to have its defects, yet there is an alluring simplicity to it that comes to seem like common sense: He died in The book exists in saaer state of permanent estrangement; it zigs subtly away from the whole array of zags that novelists have added to their arsenal over the past century and a half or more.

Impresionante, todo nuestro barro antes de que sea nuestro. Trivia About El entenado.