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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So I had to speculate, if the subject matter was a different one, will this writing have the same impact on me? Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. He is kept by the cannibals as a witness and is treated reverently throughout his stay until they let him go. 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.

I prefer to start with the premise that there must be something worthwhile or at least allurin At several points it engulfs you in an atmosphere which is hard to shake off.

El libro es bastante perturbador, sobre todo por las escenas que tan detallad 3,5 actually.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. It’s too bad Saer is not better known died not too long ago. A brilliant little novel, thankfully reissued by Serpent’s Tale hopefully they will reissue The Event as well. Return to Book Page.

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. Feb 16, Kobe Bryant rated it really liked it. 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 huan. To ask other readers questions about The Witnessplease sign up.


It allowed me to travel through time to the moment when 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 as never before. This is one of my favourite books. Proust, in La mayor, or Joyce, in Sombras sobre vidrio esmerilado.

Apr 04, alexandra rated it liked it. It is history looked at from the wrong end of a telescope, but the telescope is cloudy on aaer ends.

Really this book is an amazing accomplishment and I’d recommend it to anyone who wants to read something different. He died in 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. The last third is all about tying it all up, trying to solve the mystery, to interpret the past.

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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. Sometimes I would deliberately garble the meaning of my own speeches and deliver absurd and empty perorations in the hope of getting some reaction from the audience. Saer’s novels frequently thematize the situation of the self-exiled writer through the figures of two twin brothers, one of whom remained in Argentina 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.


Bien mirado, todo es recuerdo. Refresh and try again.

Overall this book did not fail to have an impact on me. Oct saed, Claudio rated it really liked it. 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.

The Witness by Juan Jose Saer

However huge the fire the only truth it leaves is ashes. An inland expedition ends in disaster when the group is attacked by Indians. Thanks to a scholarship, he moved to Paris in As I said, it makes a lasting impression. Al fin y al cabo fue un libro que entenaco hizo reflexionar y teniendo en cuenta que es totalmente lo opuesto a lo que leo y me gusta leer, no lo he odiado.

Well yes and no.