BY JUAN JOSE SAER: PARATEXTUALITY AND HISTORY of Saer’s plot is derived from colonial writings, rendering El entenado a story within a story, or. 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 by Juan José Saer, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.
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I actually read this book in Spanish El Entenado. Return to Book Page.
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Feb 16, Kobe Bryant rated it really liked it. In many cases, a penetrating skepticism seeps into his novels at just these moments. Story telling wise, the stron Overall this book did not fail to have an impact on me. 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. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. 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 josd gives only an approximation of what Saer is doing in this work.
I hungered for the open sea. Marc Huber marked it as to-read Nov 12, Open Preview See a Problem?
And so it is with Saer:. In many ways, I think of it as the antidote to Robinson Crusoe.
Feb 17, Simsian rated it liked it. What kind of man is Saef 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.
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The last third is all about tying it all up, trying to solve the mystery, to interpret the past. The narrator describes an odd habit he picks up while performing the spectacle of his captivity:.
Refresh and hose again. At one point, he describes the death of one of the tribe members: 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. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
The Europeans find him, now bearded and unable to entenaod Spanish, though they do get enough out of him to locate the tribe and massacre it. 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.
The Witness by Juan José Saer
De la ventana, abierta al silencio de la noche, le llegan los recuerdos. Return to Book Page. Our lives are lived in a place of terrible indifference which recognizes neither virtue nor vice and annihilates us all without compunction, without apportioning good or evil.
Cami Daffunchio marked it as to-read Nov 28, In sixteenth-century Spain, a cabin boy sets sail on a ship bound for the New World. He finds out that every year there is a mass slaughter and one survivor is brought back but usually they let him go.
Jaun developed lung cancer, and died in Paris in ssaer, at age Alberto Castello marked it as to-read Nov 28, It is constantly deconstructing all the things that need deconstruction—the self, history, morality, sexuality, civilization—but nothing falls apart enough. Impresionante, todo nuestro barro antes de que sea nuestro. When they arrive at a village in the interior, the bodies of the Spanish are butchered and eaten, while the narrator watches in horror.
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.
It pricks you into smartly guessing that it is told by an unreliable narrator, but then you realize that he is not unreliable enough to disbelieve him. As I said, it makes a lasting impression. Really this book is an amazing accomplishment and I’d recommend it to anyone who wants to read something different. More than a Cretan Saef 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.