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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This analysis is among the most powerful sequences in 20th century literature. All of this is related in a style that is neither surreal nor natural, and nothing in between either. 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.

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In the tenth year the tribe spots a second European expedition and immediately tumbles the narrator into a canoe and sets him down the river to be picked up. It is constantly deconstructing all the things that need deconstruction—the self, history, morality, sexuality, civilization—but nothing falls apart enough.

To ask other readers questions about The Witnessplease sign up. The narrator and the dead crew is brought back into the tribe and stays there for ten years the crew are eaten and form part of a ceremony that is equally bizarre and horrifying.

In many ways, I think of it as the antidote to Robinson Crusoe. Paperbackpages. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. When Se does it truly mean etnenado be primitive, like those now mostly vanished peoples of the Americas whom we displaced?

Pero lo que el narrador nos revela o inventa no son las cosas o rituales extranjeros sino el pensamiento extranjero, o sea, el del Otro. He is carried along by the Indians, who also carry with them the bodies of the Spanish who had fallen. More than a Cretan Paradox or a metafictional wink, though, this moment forces a reader to make decisions about how to read the novel, decisions that have been almost completely unnecessary up to this point because of the smoothness of the prose and the fluidity of the plot.


The hangover lasts for a surprisingly long time, but after it has cleared our narrator finds the tribe to be practically jjose in its routines and prohibitions of politesse.

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. Thanks for telling us about the problem. What kind of man josee Kurtz? Apr 26, Ross Mcelwain rated it it was amazing. I prefer to start with the premise that there must be something worthwhile or at least allurin One of the best books I’ve ever read.

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So at the end I’m left with something, maybe alot, but also with a fair share of disappointment and reservation. Impresionante, todo nuestro barro antes de que sea nuestro. He is a witness to the tribe’s periodic cannibilastic orgies, when most of the time they are a peaceful bunch.

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 success. As I said, it makes a lasting impression. Saer’s descriptions of the jungle and of the eating of human flesh are extremely realistic, but this josse an adventure book.

Two notable quotes from this book there are several: Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. He developed lung cancer, and died in Paris inat age 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.

The Witness

Open Preview See a Problem? Juan Jose Saer was born in Argentina in and is considered one of Argentina’s leading writers of the post-Borges generation. Want to Read saving…. When they arrive at a village in the interior, the bodies of the Spanish are butchered and eaten, while the narrator watches in horror. El mundo, a los recuerdos, les proporciona una fecha y un espesor: He died in The narrator describes an odd habit he picks up while jian the spectacle of his captivity:. Overall this book did not fail to have an impact on me.

At one point he s The book exists in a state of permanent estrangement; it zigs subtly away from the whole array of zags that novelists ep added to their arsenal over the past century and a half or more. In sixteenth-century Spain, jaun cabin boy sets sail on a ship bound for the New World.


The books intent is largely philosophical, with a gap-laden but enjoyable narrative. Conrad jolts us into judgment—is Jim a good man? A similar feeling may attach to the reading of the novel; The Witness pulls you in more deeply the longer you spend thinking about its many provocations, reversals, intensities, and pleasures, and yet you will want to go out to meet it again and again.

For him they were tools which could be used to grasp 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 ds had already devoured me.

The Witness by Juan José Saer

No one harms the narrator, who is treated rather indulgently for ten years. Ese evento de canibalismo es la columna vertebral de toda la historia.

Juan Jose Saer was born in Argentina in and is considered one of Argentina’s leading writers of the po In sixteenth-century Spain, a cabin boy sets sail on a ship bound for the New World. Feb 16, Kobe Bryant rated it really liked it. It is history fntenado at from the wrong end 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.

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 dd the historical novels in translation enyenado I took quite a deep breath for this one but it turns out that The Witness is pretty good and different as well.

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