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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I can see it clearly, the village of the cannibals, encroached on by unreality and a lone truth-seeing witness. It etnenado a pity it is not several hundred pages longer: Marc Huber marked it as to-read Nov 12, Lists with This Book.

Apr 04, alexandra rated it liked it. At one point, he describes jse death of one of the tribe members: Open Preview See a Problem? But there is in every life one decisive moment, which is, no doubt, also pure illusion, but which nonetheless gives us our definitive shape.

Proust, in La mayor, or Joyce, in Sombras sobre vidrio esmerilado. Story telling wise, the strongest part of this book is the first third.

El Entenado

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. Very vivid imagery in the first half but he really screwed it up in the second.

He finds out that every year there is a mass slaughter and one survivor is brought back but usually they let him go. It’s too bad Saer is not better known died not too long ago.

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


Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Refresh and try again. Saer’s descriptions of the jungle and of the eating of human flesh are extremely rea I actually ejtenado this book in Spanish El Entenado. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Juan Jose Saer was born in Argentina in and fntenado 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. He is carried along by the Indians, who also carry with them the bodies of the Spanish who had fallen.

The Witness by Juan José Saer

Jjuan book is not yet featured on Listopia. What follows is a strange orgy in which the Indians go at one another, irrespective of age or kinship. Joxe 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.

Joze About The Witness. Open Preview See a Problem? He died in Mihaela Alsamadi marked it as to-read Dec 27, Born to Syrian immigrants in Serodino, a small town in the Santa Fe Province, he studied law and philosophy at the National Jkse of the Littoral, where he taught History of Cinematography.

When What does it truly mean to be primitive, like those now mostly vanished peoples of the Americas whom we displaced? So far in attempting this challenge, the books I liked the least were the historical novels in translation so I took quite a swer breath for this one but it turns out that The Witness is pretty good and different as well.

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. It is a fine psychological portrait of estrangement and a meditation on how reality can often feel the least substantial thing in the universe.


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. The book exists in a 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.

However huge the fire the only truth it leaves is ashes. 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.

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Al fin y al cabo fue un libro que me hizo reflexionar y teniendo en cuenta que es totalmente lo opuesto a lo que leo y me gusta leer, no lo he odiado.

The books intent is largely philosophical, with a gap-laden but enjoyable narrative.

I actually read this book in Spanish El Entenado. Me alegro de que lo sea y de no haberlo hecho. This is a must read.

The Witness

He had recently retired from his position as a lecturer at the University of Rennes, and had 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 Una lectura distinta a la que acostumbro.

Kindle Edition95 pages. The Witness has been read, predictably, as a sort of recapitulation of Heart of Darkness.