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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It made me think and it seems the author did some thinking too while writing this. Margaret Jull Costa Translator. Paperbackpages.

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. I can see it clearly, the village of the cannibals, encroached on by unreality and a lone truth-seeing entenaeo.

Want to Read Currently Entenadi Read. The Europeans find him, now bearded and unable to speak Spanish, though they do get enough out of him to locate the tribe and massacre it.

He is carried entenad by the Indians, who also carry with them the bodies of the Spanish who had fallen. He developed lung entenaco, and died in Paris inat age Conrad too is obsessed with the moment of truth, the instant of decision that separates the men from the boys—and just as often, the reader from the character. Other books in the series. De la ventana, abierta al silencio de la noche, le llegan los recuerdos. 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.


Refresh and try again. What kind of man is Kurtz? Proust, in La mayor, or Joyce, in Sombras sobre vidrio esmerilado. Our narrator, never at home in the surprisingly cosmopolitan monastery, 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 sadr.

Saer’s descriptions of the jungle and of the eating of human flesh are extremely realistic, but this not an adventure book.

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Open Preview See a Problem? Saer’s novels frequently thematize the situation of the self-exiled writer through the figures of two twin brothers, one of whom remained in Szer during the dictatorship, while the other, like Saer himself, moved to Paris; several of his novels trace their separate and intertwining fates, along with those of a host of other characters who alternate between foreground and background from work to work.

While the authors ideas are provocative, his expression of the transient existence of the indigenous peoples of the Americas becomes heavy handed and repetitive. 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.

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So sure it’s all symbolic in a way, it all serves a purpose and yes, good literature sometimes will make your stomach turn. It is a pity it is not several hundred pages longer: I hungered for the open sea.

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 as well. This realization nevertheless does not kose the force with which Saer has pushed us to this moment of decision.


So I had to speculate, if the subject matter was a different one, will this writing have the same impact on me? William marked it as to-read Nov 11, Where has the story telling gone to? It is history looked at from the wrong end of a telescope, but the telescope is cloudy on both ends.

The Witness by Juan Jose Saer

In many cases, a penetrating skepticism seeps into his novels at just these moments. However, each witness is also soon placed into a canoe and sent away shortly after the hangover period has ended though the boy remains. We have to consider the subject matter of it juam, in this case: Story telling wise, the stron Overall this book did not fail to have an impact on me. El mundo, a los recuerdos, les proporciona una fecha y un espesor: Impresionante, todo nuestro barro antes de que sea nuestro.

A brilliant little novel, thankfully reissued by Serpent’s Tale hopefully they will reissue The Event as well. This book is not yet featured on Listopia.

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Something outside them, perhaps the fame that preceded us or the legend behind it which had inspired the play, had convinced them beforehand that our performance would have a meaning and so, instantly and mechanically, they were enraptured.