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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The narrator describes an odd habit he picks up while performing the spectacle of his captivity:.
It’s the story of a young man in a Spanish expedition in the new world whose entire group is captured and eaten by cannibals in South America. The Witness explores the relationship between existence and description, foreignness and cultural identity. During this time, he sees the cannibalism and orgiastic frenzy ten times. Well yes and no. Saer died in after having written many books that are largely unknown to the Anglo world.
This is one of my favourite books. In many cases, a penetrating skepticism seeps into his novels at just these moments.
El Entenado : Juan José Saer :
Saer’s descriptions of the jungle and of the eating of human flesh are extremely realistic, but this not an adventure book. William marked it as to-read Nov 11, 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.
Other books in the series. 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.
At one point, he describes the death of one of the tribe members: All of this is related in a style that is neither surreal nor natural, and nothing in between either. Very vivid imagery in the first half but he really screwed it up in the second. 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 as well.
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. 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.
However huge the fire the only truth it leaves is ashes.
One of the best books I’ve ever read. Ese evento de canibalismo es la columna vertebral de eel la historia. Almudena added it Dec 07, The Witness has been read, predictably, as a sort of recapitulation of Heart of Darkness.
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 saed he operates on these terms—and all related terms—with finer and sharper instruments than punctuation marks.
Una lectura distinta a la que acostumbro. 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 As I said, it makes a lasting impression.
When a larger party of Spanish is sighted, the Indians send the narrator down river in a canoe, where he is picked up by conquistadores and entrusted entenaeo a priest. And so it is with Saer:. Lovers of deep fiction.
Believe me you’ll need an iron stomach to digest this. It is hallucinatory, but everything is pretty much as it seems.
The Witness by Juan Jose Saer
He was an Argentine ex-pat living in Paris. To ask other readers questions about The Witnessplease sign up. The prose, translated marvelously by the great Margaret Jull Costa, is preternaturally smooth; there are no jutting words to snag too much meaning, no swirls of rhetoric to turn aside the current.
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. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Este libro jusn puede ser tan bueno.