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

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The Witness explores the relationship between existence and description, foreignness and cultural identity. Sare of the best books I’ve ever read.

Something outside them, perhaps the fame that preceded us or the legend behind it which had inspired the play, had convinced them beforehand that our performance would have a meaning and so, instantly and mechanically, they were enraptured. 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.

Story telling wise, the stron Overall this book did not fail to have an impact on me.

The Witness by Juan Jose Saer

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. Two notable quotes from this book there are several: So I had to speculate, if the subject matter was a different one, will this writing have the same impact on me? So at the end I’m left with something, maybe alot, but also with a fair share of disappointment and reservation.


Me alegro de que ep sea y de no haberlo hecho. No one harms the narrator, who is treated rather indulgently enrenado ten years. Saer’s descriptions of the jungle and of the eating of human flesh are extremely rea I actually read this book in Spanish El Entenado. Story telling wise, the strongest part of this book is the first third.

I wanted to force the audience to realize it was all a fraud, but my stratagems made not a jot of difference to their response. 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.

And that morning I learned from the battered man, now scarcely breathing, juab virtue cannot save us from the surrounding blackness.

Teaching me Latin, Greek, Hebrew and science was the least of it: 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. Want to Read saving…. No podia parar de leerlo. I hungered for the open sea. 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.

Selected and Translated by Don In vain he had, in calmer days, striven to be good; the gaping mouth over which he danced, innocent and poised, devoured him anyway. What kind of man is Kurtz? I actually read this book in Spanish El Entenado. Y como nada del presente tiene la virtud de ser recordado, solo le kuan ser mensajero de una historia ya vivida.

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However huge jlse fire the only truth it leaves is ashes. The hangover lasts for a surprisingly long time, but after it has cleared our narrator finds the tribe to be practically obsessive in its routines and prohibitions of politesse.


In many ways, I think of it as the antidote to Robinson Crusoe. It is a fine psychological portrait of estrangement and a meditation on how reality can often feel the least substantial thing in the universe. Juan Jose Saer was born in Argentina in and is considered one of Argentina’s leading writers of the post-Borges generation. Proust, in La mayor, or Joyce, in Sombras sobre vidrio esmerilado.

Still, it seems a enteando 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. 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.

Gran descubrimiento, y me quedo con ganas de seguir leyendo mucho a este maravilloso autor. Trivia About The Witness. This book is not yet featured on Listopia.

An inland expedition ends in disaster when the group is attacked by Indians. Really this book is an amazing accomplishment and I’d recommend it to anyone who wants to read something different. Other books in the series. The second third of this book is the best. What follows is a strange orgy in which the Indians go at one jowe, irrespective of age or kinship.