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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Story telling wise, the strongest part of this book is the first third.

To ask other readers questions about The Witnessplease sign up. Our 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.

Teaching me Latin, Greek, Hebrew and science was the least of it: Cami Daffunchio marked it as to-read Nov 28, For him they were tools which could be used to grasp and manipulate the incandescent world of the senses; for me, fascinated as I was by the contingent, it was like going out to hunt a beast that had already devoured me.

Then he forgets Borges, becomes himself again, breathes new life into it and resumes.

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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. Return to Book Page.


Somehow szer manages to take the pornography of death of the firs part and mellow it down to an interesting, jun and touching story. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Open Preview See a Problem? In sixteenth-century Spain, a cabin boy sets sail on a ship bound for the New World. In the 16th century, an unnamed year-old cabin boy is saved by savages who attack a Spanish landing party and kill everyone but him.

Le 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. 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.

Open Preview See a Problem? We have to consider the subject matter of it all, in this case: Quotes from The Witness. Unforgettably, the novel ends with the memory of a lunar eclipse, which troubles the tribe until the light slowly returns and re-establishes the tenuous existence of their world. Juan Jose Saer was born in Argentina in and is considered one of Argentina’s leading writers of the post-Borges generation.

The Witness by Juan Jose Saer

Bien mirado, todo es recuerdo. He was an Argentine ex-pat living in Paris. Una lectura distinta a la que acostumbro.


The narrator describes saerr odd habit he picks up while performing the spectacle of his captivity:. The writing is also good and so are some very powerful images. Does this makes it “good” literature?

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The second third of this book is the best. Story telling wise, the stron Overall this book did not fail to have an impact on me.

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. It is hallucinatory, but everything is pretty much as it seems.

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Alberto Castello marked it as to-read Nov 28, Thanks for telling us about the problem. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Saer’s descriptions of the jungle and jowe the eating of human flesh are extremely realistic, but this not an adventure book.

At one point, he describes the death of one of the tribe members: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Marc Huber marked it as to-read Nov 12,

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