Editorial Reviews. Language Notes. Text: Spanish. El entenado is the story of a young Spanish cabin boy who lived ten years of Saer’s plot is derived from colonial writings, rendering El entenado a story. Juan José Saer (June 28, – June 11, ) was one of the most important Argentine El arte de narrar () ISBN ; El arte de narrar: poemas, / (); El arte de narrar El entenado () ISBN – () ISBN ; The event translated by Helen Lane ( ).
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However this is turning into a somewhat repetitious and tiresome philosophical pamphlet. Juan Jose Saer was born in Argentina in and is considered one of Argentina’s leading writers of the post-Borges generation.
When they arrive ejtenado a village in the interior, the bodies of the Spanish are butchered and eaten, while the narrator watches in horror. Alex marked it as to-read Nov 13, Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.
Saer’s novels frequently thematize the situation of the self-exiled writer through the figures of two twin brothers, one of whom remained in Argentina during the dictatorship, while the other, like Saer himself, moved to Paris; several of his novels trace their separate and intertwining fates, along with those of a host of other characters who alternate between foreground and background from work to work.
When it comes to Latin American fiction, U. He had recently retired from his position as a lecturer at the University of Dland 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 He is carried along by the Indians, who also carry with them the bodies of the Spanish who had fallen.
May 06, Ben Winch added it Shelves: But even more profoundly, they were safr to cope with a deep horror of the fundamental and ungraspable groundlessness of human existence!
Juan José Saer
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. 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.
Then he forgets Borges, becomes himself again, breathes new life into it and resumes. That is not to say he upholds an Enlightenment narrative of the unstinted greatness of the spread of European ideas and ser over the globe, but that he operates on these terms—and all related terms—with finer and sharper instruments than punctuation marks. No trivia or quizzes yet.
He is ehtenado witness to the tribe’s periodic cannibilastic orgies, when most of the time they are a peaceful bunch. Want to Read saving…. Quotes from The Witness.
Somehow it manages to take the pornography of death of the firs part and mellow it down to an interesting, thoughtfull and touching story.
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William marked it as to-read Nov 11, Almudena added it Dec 07, 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. He developed lung cancer, and died in Paris inat age What follows is a strange orgy in which the Indians go at one another, irrespective of age or entenaso.
And so it is with Saer:. Margaret Jull Costa Translator. Estrella Distante Roberto Bolano. The hangover lasts for a surprisingly long time, but after it enteando cleared entenaado narrator finds the tribe to be practically obsessive in its routines and prohibitions of politesse.
He is taken to Europe and taught to read and write. No trivia saerr quizzes yet. 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. 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 Trevor Courtright rated it liked it Dec saeg, Impresionante, todo nuestro barro antes de aser sea nuestro.
The Witness by Juan Jose Saer
The War Planners Series: Feb 16, Kobe Bryant rated it really liked it. Proustin La mayor and Joycein “Sombras sobre vidrio esmerilado”.
Teaching me Latin, Greek, Hebrew and science was the least of it: 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. Though The Witness never entenaeo 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.