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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Our lives are lived in a place of terrible indifference saerr recognizes neither virtue nor vice and annihilates us all without compunction, without apportioning good or evil. It’s the story of juqn young man in a Spanish expedition in the new world whose entire group is captured and eaten by cannibals in South America. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

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. Where has the story telling gone to? I prefer to start with the premise that there must be something worthwhile or at least allurin Even if we have the courage to find our way through one night, a little way of another longer night awaits us.

At one point, he describes the death of one of the tribe members: So at the end I’m left with something, maybe alot, but also with a fair share of disappointment and reservation.

It pricks you into smartly guessing entenao it is told by an unreliable narrator, but then you realize that he is not unreliable enough to disbelieve him. However this is turning into a somewhat repetitious and tiresome philosophical pamphlet. When What does it truly mean to be primitive, like those now mostly vanished peoples of the Americas engenado we displaced? And that morning I learned from the battered man, now scarcely breathing, that virtue cannot save us from the surrounding blackness.


Ese evento de canibalismo es la columna vertebral de toda la historia. It is constantly deconstructing all the things that need deconstruction—the self, history, morality, sexuality, civilization—but nothing falls apart enough.

A brilliant little novel, thankfully reissued by Serpent’s Tale hopefully they will reissue The Event as well. The prose, translated marvelously by the great Margaret Jull Costa, is preternaturally smooth; there are entfnado jutting words to snag too much meaning, no swirls of rhetoric to turn aside the current. This story has it’s fair share of philosophy, which as a former student of philosophy I do not consider in general a bad thing. Return to Book Page. It’s too bad Saer is not better known died not too long ago.

This is one of my favourite books. Impresionante, todo nuestro barro antes de que sea nuestro. 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.

But there is in every life one decisive moment, which is, no doubt, also pure illusion, but which nonetheless gives us our definitive shape.

Y como nada del presente tiene la virtud de ser recordado, solo le queda ser mensajero de una historia ya vivida. 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.

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Gran descubrimiento, y me quedo con ganas de seguir leyendo mucho a este maravilloso autor. Well yes and no. We have to consider the subject matter of it all, in sear case: I wanted to force the audience to realize it was all a fraud, but my stratagems made not a jot of difference to their response.

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.

No one harms the narrator, who is treated rather entenaado for ten years. It is a fine psychological portrait of estrangement and a meditation on how reality can often feel the le A brilliant little novel, thankfully reissued by Serpent’s Tale hopefully they will reissue The Event as well. The last third is all about tying it all up, trying to solve the mystery, to interpret the past.


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

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 iuan published posthumously, along with a series of critical articles on Latin American and European writers, Trabajos We are also brought to the unsettling realization that all decisions that could be made will be, if not wrong, then significantly saee right.

Este libro no puede ser tan bueno. 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.

El Entenado

Proust, in La mayor, or Joyce, in Sombras sobre vidrio esmerilado. Goodreads helps you keep track of books enenado want to read. Really this book is an amazing accomplishment and I’d recommend it to anyone who wants to read something different.

He developed lung cancer, and died in Paris inat age Trivia About The Witness. Apr 04, alexandra rated it liked it. Jlse 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.

Una lectura distinta a la que acostumbro. This realization nevertheless does not diminish the force with which Saer has pushed us to entenaco moment of decision.

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