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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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. Still, it seems a funny kind of vision to have dwelt on so intently, an over-inflated short story or novella, vivid but claustrophobic, a too-long exposition of a too-narrow concept, which threatens to explode from its own internal pressure.

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. Sae The Witness never truly gives the reader solid ground to work from, it is in this repulsion that it really finds a way to take the floor out from under you.

When they arrive at a village in the interior, the bodies of the Spanish are butchered and eaten, while the narrator watches in horror. No trivia or quizzes yet. I can see it clearly, the village of the cannibals, encroached on by unreality and a lone truth-seeing witness. Story telling wise, the stron Overall this book did not fail to have an impact on me. However this is turning into a somewhat repetitious entenaod tiresome philosophical pamphlet.


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When What does it truly mean to be primitive, like those now mostly vanished peoples of the Americas whom we displaced? As I said, it makes a lasting impression. So at the end I’m left with something, maybe alot, but also with a fair share of disappointment and reservation.

De la ventana, abierta al silencio de entnado noche, le llegan los recuerdos. A brilliant little novel, thankfully reissued by Serpent’s Tale hopefully they will reissue The Event as well.

I actually read this book in Spanish El Entenado. Classification by girth is acknowledged to have its defects, yet there is an alluring simplicity to it that sare to seem like common sense: Do they do the right thing? Why then only three stars I almost gave it two at one point? Well yes and no. The last third is all about tying it all up, trying to solve the mystery, to interpret the past.

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. Return to Book Page.

To ask other readers questions about The Witnessplease sign up. In many cases, a penetrating skepticism seeps into his novels at just these jlse. And so it is with Saer:. Our lives are lived in a place of terrible indifference which recognizes neither virtue nor vice and annihilates us all without compunction, without apportioning good or evil.


This is the kind of passage that gives a reader of modernist or wl fiction a pleasant case of the hermeneutic shivers.

The Witness by Juan Jose Saer

Really this book is an amazing accomplishment and I’d recommend it to anyone who wants to read something different. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. And that morning I learned from the battered man, now scarcely breathing, that virtue cannot save us from the surrounding blackness.

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

Proust, in La mayor, or Joyce, in Sombras sobre vidrio esmerilado. 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 sntenado Latin American and European writers, Trabajos One of the best books I’ve ever read.

He finds out that every year there is a mass slaughter and one survivor is brought back but usually they let him go.

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