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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 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. Juan 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.

That is not to say he upholds an Enlightenment narrative of the unstinted greatness of the spread of European ideas and arms over the globe, but that he operates on these terms—and all related terms—with finer and sharper instruments than punctuation marks.

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 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. At one point, he describes the death of one of the tribe members: Story telling wise, the stron Overall this book did not fail to have an impact on me.

Two notable quotes from this book there are several: 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. Do they do the right thing? Lists with This Book. Our narrator, never at home in the surprisingly cosmopolitan monastery, absconds and turns his heavily edited experiences into a play, traveling across Europe in one of the best sections of the book, performing for monarchs and the masses to enormous success.


I hungered for the open sea.

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 on Latin American and European writers, Trabajos Quotes from The Witness.

One of the best books I’ve ever read. What does it truly mean to be primitive, like those now mostly vanished peoples of the Americas whom we displaced? It is hallucinatory, but everything is pretty much as it seems. Then he forgets Borges, becomes himself again, breathes new life into it and resumes. Apr 04, alexandra rated it liked it.

El Entenado

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. No one harms the narrator, who is treated rather indulgently for ten years. Feb 17, Simsian rated it liked it. Proust, in La mayor, or Joyce, in Sombras sobre vidrio esmerilado. Where has the story telling hose to?

I prefer to start with the premise that there must be something worthwhile or at least allurin In many saerr, a penetrating skepticism seeps into his novels at just these moments. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. 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. Entenqdo it comes to Latin American fiction, U.

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 entenxdo already devoured me.


An inland expedition ends in disaster when the group is attacked by Indians.

The second third of this book is the best. In many ways, I think of it as the antidote to Robinson Crusoe.

The Witness by Juan José Saer

Our narrator returns on their ebtenado to Europe, is delivered to a friar-intellectual who teaches him a fleet of languages, generally re-civilizes the boy, and dies. The Witness explores the relationship between existence and description, foreignness and cultural identity. While the authors ideas are provocative, his expression of the transient existence of the indigenous peoples of the Americas becomes heavy handed and repetitive.

So at the end I’m left with engenado, maybe alot, but also with a fair share of disappointment and reservation. The plot revolves around a cabin boy who is captured and who spends the next ten years living with a tribe of man-eating Indians in South America in the 16th century, but this vague and admittedly shocking description gives only an approximation of what Saer is doing in this work. But there is in every life one decisive moment, which is, no doubt, also pure illusion, entehado which nonetheless gives us our definitive shape.

Overall this book did not fail to have an impact on me. Return to Book Page. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

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Very vivid imagery in the first half but he really screwed it up in the second. He finds out that every year there is a mass slaughter and one survivor is brought back but usually they let him go.

El libro es bastante perturbador, sobre todo por las escenas que tan detallad 3,5 actually.