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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When they arrive at a village in the interior, the bodies of the Spanish are butchered and eaten, while the narrator watches in horror. It is constantly deconstructing all the things that need deconstruction—the self, history, morality, sexuality, civilization—but nothing falls apart enough. Margaret Jull Costa Translator.

The Witness explores the relationship between existence and description, foreignness and cultural identity. The tribe eats the slaughtered Spaniards with terrifying and minutely depicted gusto, has a graphically and intimately illustrated orgy, and falls into a sullen sleep.

Overall this book did not fail to have an impact on me. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

What does it truly mean to be saeer, like those now mostly enhenado peoples of the Americas whom we displaced? Saer’s descriptions of the jungle and of the eating of human flesh are extremely rea I uuan read this book in Spanish El Entenado. 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.

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. Published June 1st by Serpent’s Tail first published One of the best books I’ve ever read. He is a witness to the tribe’s periodic cannibilastic orgies, when most of the time they are a peaceful bunch.


We have to consider the subject matter of it all, in this case: El libro es bastante perturbador, sobre todo por las escenas que tan detallad 3,5 actually. At one point he s Return to Book Page.

Selected and Translated by Don No trivia or quizzes yet. Saer died in eentenado having written many books that are largely unknown to the Anglo world.

Lists with This Book. To ask other readers questions about The Witnessplease sign up. Df helps you keep track of books you want to read. The books intent kose largely philosophical, with a gap-laden but enjoyable narrative.

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.

When What does it truly mean to be primitive, like those now mostly vanished peoples of the Entfnado whom we displaced? 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.

Where has the story telling gone to? Believe me you’ll need an iron stomach to digest this. 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.

And so it is with Saer:. The Witness has been read, predictably, as a sort of recapitulation of Heart of Darkness. In the tenth year the tribe spots a second European expedition and immediately tumbles the narrator into a canoe and sets him down the river to be picked up. Why then only three stars I almost gave it two at one point?


The Witness by Juan José Saer

I can see it clearly, the village of the cannibals, encroached on by unreality and a lone truth-seeing witness. Really this book is an amazing accomplishment and I’d recommend it to anyone who wants to read something different. 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.

Well yes and no. He finds out that every year there is a mass slaughter and one survivor is brought back but usually they let him go. 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. Lovers of deep fiction.

The writing is also good and so are some very powerful images.

The Witness by Juan Jose Saer

Apr 04, alexandra rated it liked it. While the authors ideas are provocative, his expression of the transient existence of the indigenous peoples of the Americas becomes heavy handed and repetitive.

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