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 Witness by Juan Jose Saer | Quarterly Conversation

While the authors ideas are provocative, his expression of the transient jjuan of the indigenous peoples of the Americas becomes heavy handed and repetitive. No podia parar de leerlo. Juan Jose Saer was born in Argentina in and is considered one of Argentina’s leading writers of the post-Borges generation.

It is a pity it is not several hundred pages longer: The Europeans find him, now bearded and unable to speak Spanish, though they do get enough out of him to locate the tribe and massacre it. This analysis is among the most powerful sequences in 20th century literature. To ask other readers questions about The Witnessplease sign up. The narrator describes an odd habit he picks up while performing the spectacle of his captivity:.

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. It made me think and it seems the author did some thinking too while writing this.

I actually read this book in Spanish El Entenado. Why then only three stars I almost gave it two at one point? I hungered for the open sea. However this is turning into a somewhat repetitious and tiresome philosophical pamphlet. Some images are so strong they will stay with me for along time. The book exists in a state of permanent estrangement; it zigs subtly away from the whole array of zags that novelists have added to their arsenal over the past century and a half or more.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Ese evento de canibalismo es la columna vertebral de toda la historia. It is a fine psychological portrait of estrangement and a meditation on how reality can often feel the least substantial thing in the universe. Trivia About The Witness. 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.


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.

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.

El entenado de Juan José Saer

The Witness explores the relationship between existence and description, foreignness and cultural identity. He is a witness to the tribe’s periodic cannibilastic orgies, when most of the juaan they are a peaceful bunch. Story telling wise, the stron Overall this book did not fail to have an impact on me.

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 entrnado picked up. Aug 26, Zoe Luhtala rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: It is history jian at from the wrong end of a telescope, but the telescope is cloudy on both ends.

Even if we have the courage to find our way through one night, a little way of another longer night awaits us. It pricks jusn into smartly guessing that it is told by an unreliable narrator, but then you realize that he is not unreliable enough to disbelieve him. But there is in every life one decisive moment, which is, no doubt, also pure illusion, but which nonetheless gives us our definitive shape.

This realization nevertheless does not diminish the force with which Saer has pushed us to this moment of decision. Al fin y entenaod 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. No trivia or quizzes yet. Impresionante, todo nuestro barro antes de que sea nuestro. As I said, it makes a lasting impression.


What kind of man is Kurtz? What does it truly mean to be primitive, like those now mostly vanished peoples of the Americas whom we displaced? It is constantly deconstructing all the things that need deconstruction—the self, history, morality, sexuality, civilization—but nothing falls apart enough. He died in El libro es bastante perturbador, sobre todo por las escenas que tan detallad 3,5 actually.

All of this is related in a style that is neither surreal nor natural, and nothing in between either. A brilliant little novel, thankfully reissued by Aaer Tale hopefully they will reissue The Event as well. The second third of this book is the best. The narrator and the dead crew is brought back jjan 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.

Me alegro de que lo sea y de no haberlo hecho. However huge the fire the only truth it leaves is ser. The books intent is largely philosophical, with a gap-laden but enjoyable narrative. Two notable quotes from this book there are several: Bien mirado, todo es recuerdo.

Born to Syrian immigrants in Serodino, a small town in the Santa Fe Province, he studied law and philosophy at the National University of the Littoral, where he taught History sser Cinematography. This is a must read. Mar 21, El Buscalibros elbuscalibros. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign entennado. However, each witness is also soon placed into a canoe and sent away shortly after the hangover period has ended though the boy remains.

The Witness has been read, predictably, as a sort of recapitulation of Heart of Darkness.